How to Check Your PF Status Online

Under the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) scheme, individuals will be able to withdraw the money by using the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) portal. The advantages of checking the claim status online are:
  • Simple procedure
  • Takes less time
  • No documents required
  • More
    How to check your PF status online
    Figure 1. Check EPF Claim Status Online

    The Employees’ Provident Fund is a scheme that helps individuals save towards their retirement. Contribution (12% of the employee’s basic salary) towards the scheme is made by the employer and employee each.

    The EPF scheme is handled by the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation. Various benefits of the scheme can be availed by employees during the time of employment or after their retirement. The EPFO introduced the Universal Account Number (UAN) that is allotted to all the members of the scheme. With the introduction of the UAN, various details such as PF withdrawal, PF balance, transferring of PF from one account to another as well as updating ‘Know Your Customer’ details have become very simple.

    Steps to check status of a claim

    Once individuals have requested the withdrawal of PF funds, it is very easy for them to check the status of their claims. This has become possible only after the introduction of the UAN portal by the EPFO. In order for employees to check their claims online, the below-mentioned information must be available to them:

    • UAN
    • Name and extension code (if needed) of the company
    • Employer’s EPF regional office

    Once the individual has all the above information, the EPF claim status can be found by using the below mentioned procedures:

    On the EPFO portal

    Employees can check the claim status directly from the EPFO portal by following the below-mentioned procedure:

    • First, employees must visit the portal of the EPFO (https://www.epfindia.gov.in/site_en/index.php).
    • EPFO Login

      Figure 2.EPFO Login Step

    • Next, employees must click on ‘For Employees’. This option can be found under the ‘Our Services’ menu.
    • EPFO For Employees

      Figure 2.2EPFO For Employees

    • On the next page, employees must click on ‘Know Your Claim Status’ which is present in the ‘Services’ menu.
    • Know Your Claim Status

      Figure 2.3Know Your Claim Status

    • On the new tab, employees must enter their UAN and captcha details and click on ‘Search’.
    • UAN Captcha Code

      Figure 2.4UAN Captcha Code

    • On the next page, employees must select the Member ID from the drop-down menu. Once the Member ID is selected, click on ‘View Claim Status’.
    • Select Member Id

      Figure 2.5Select Member Id

    • The details of the claim status will be displayed on the screen.
    • Know Your Claim Status

      Figure 2.6Know Your Claim Status

    • Regular updates are also provided by the EPFO via SMS regarding their claims. Details such claims application and the transfer of funds to the employee’s bank account will be sent via SMS.

    By logging in to UAN portal

    Employees can also check the status of their claim by logging in to their UAN portal. The procedure to check the status of the claim is mentioned below:

    • Initially, employees must visit the official website of EPFO (https://www.epfindia.gov.in/site_en/index.php).
    • Next, the employee must go to the ‘For Employees’ page. The link to the page can be found under ‘Our Services’.
    • Once on the ‘For Employees’ page, under ‘Services’, the employee will find ‘Member UAN/Online Service (OCS/OTCP)’. The employee must click on it.
    • On the new tab that has been opened, the employee must enter his/her UAN details and captcha.
    • Once the employee has signed in to his/her UAN portal, he/she must click on ‘Track Claim Status’ which can be found under ‘Online Services’.
    • On the next page, the status of the claim will come up.

    FAQs

    1. For how long can EPF members retain their membership?
    2. EPF members can retain their membership until they withdraw the PF amount. However, if no contributions are made for more than three years, no interest will be credited after the third year.

    3. Will employees be able to directly join the EPF?
    4. No, employees will not be able to directly join EPF. The only way employees can become members of the EPF is to work for an organisation that is a part of the EPF & MP Act, 1952.

    5. Is it possible for individuals who are working in organisations but not receiving any pay become a member of the EPF?
    6. No, individuals will have to receive wages to become members of the EPF.

    7. Is there any age restriction to become a member of the EPF?
    8. No, there is no age restriction to become a member of the EPF. However, once individuals reach the age of 58 years, they cannot be a member of the Pension Fund.

    9. Where can individuals check the claim status online?
    10. Individuals can check their claim status on https://passbook.epfindia.gov.in/MemClaimStatusUAN/. Individuals must use their Universal Account Number (UAN) and password to check the claim status.

    11. In the case of PF withdrawal, is there any time limit?
    12. Individuals must wait for 2 months before they withdraw their PF funds in case of resignation.

    13. In case individuals do not receive their PF within 20 days, who should they report the issue to?
    14. Individuals can raise a complaint on the EPFO portal in case they do not receive their PF funds within 20 days.

    15. Is it possible for employees to contribute towards EPF after resignation?
    16. No, employees will not be able to contribute towards EPF if they are not working. The employee’s and employer’s contributions towards EPF must be the same.

    17. Can employers reduce the wages of the employees due to contributions made towards EPF?
    18. The employer cannot reduce the wages of the employee because of payments made towards EPF. It is prohibited under Section 12 of the EPF & MP Act, 1952.

    News About PF Status Online

    • Bouncers to get PF and other benefits just like security guards

      Maharashtra is all set provide social security benefits for all the bouncers that have been employed by restaurants, pubs, and celebrities by bringing them under the Maharashtra Private Security Guards Regulation of Employment and Welfare Act, 1981. This will also make it mandatory for bouncers to be registered with the state government as part of the Labour Department initiative. Only the security guards are currently covered under this Act. This Act will provide social security benefits such as paid leave, provident fund, and gratuity. There are close to 10 lakh security guards in the state with close to 8 lakh in the city alone. The security guard board currently has 36,000 members registered with guards earning a salary of around Rs.24,000 and are provided with benefits such as paid leave, PF, and gratuity. Companies will have to register their security guards with the state government and provide them with social benefits. Not much details were provided on personal guards that are hired by celebrities.

      2 January 2019

    • Employee PF Scheme Witnesses Addition of 1.45 Crore Employees

      Employment in India reaches new heights as the Employees' Provident Funds (EPF) Scheme welcomes more than 1.45 crore subscribers during the one year timeframe through August 2018. This information has been given out by the Indian Government’s payroll data that has been released recently.

      The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) has started to bring out the statistics that are related to employment in India in the formal sector since the month of April 2018, covering the  timeframe of September 2017 all the way through to April 2018. This data is accessed by the MoSPI and the information essentially processes the number of users who have successfully availed the benefits under the three most important schemes namely, the Employees' Provident Fund (EPFO), Employees' State Insurance Scheme (ESIC) and the National Pension Scheme (NPS).

      According to the data released, the number of new subscribers who have joined the portal or EPF during September 2017- August 2018 stood at 1,45,63,864. Further, the data also said that approximately 91 lakh subscribers ceased to exist on the portal of the retirement fund scheme during that time frame. However, a handful of subscribers (around 18.55 lakh) who had ceased to exist on the portal have re-joined the same during that period of time. In conclusion, the EPF stated that the number of new National Pension System (NPS) subscribers during September, 2017 to August, 2018 stands at 6,89,385 individuals.

      2 November 2018

    • General Provident Fund Interest Rate Increased to 8% for Q3 of 2018-19 by the Government

      General Provident Fund interest rates have been increased by the central government. The hike is of 0.4 percentage points, taking to 8% for the third quarter of FY 2018-19. For the previous quarter, the GPF interest rate was 7.6%. The increase is in keeping with the increase of PPF schemes which saw an increase in rates on 20 September. The interest rate will be applicable to PF of central government employees, defence forces, and railways employees. The other funds that can also enjoy the benefit include the All India Services Provident Fund, the Contributory Provident Fund, the State Railway Provident Fund, the Indian Ordnance Department Provident Fund, the General Provident Fund (Defence Services), the Armed Forces Personnel Provident Fund, the Defence Services Officers Provident Fund, and the Indian Naval Dockyard Workmen’s Provident Fund.

      24 October 2018

    • High Court Ruling Comes Out in Favour of PF Pensioners

      A division bench of the Kerala High Court has completely overruled the anti-labour amendment that was introduced in the Employees Provident Act in 2014 by the Centre. This amendment targeted to reduce the PF pension amount to a bare minimum. Hence, the verdict has helped several PF pensioners realise their long-awaited dream. Henceforth, the employees will be able to increase their contribution to their PF accounts in order to receive a pension based on their salaries. Moreover, the high court has clarified the fact that the pensioners will be able to choose this option without any time constraints.

      The division bench has cancelled the order after making the observation that the amendment introduced by the Centre in the Employees Provident Fund Act in 2014 against the above-mentioned option was autocratic. The court gave its verdict after considering 507 petitions that were submitted. This also included the petition submitted by a Keltron employee, T Y Vijayakumar, in which he pleaded that the 2014 amendment was against the goodwill of the employees.

      Despite a Supreme Court ruling, the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) had denied the option of higher pensions to retired employees of companies and organisations wherein the provident fund (PF) accounts were managed by the autonomous trusts of the institutes instead of the EPFO. The provident fund accounts of the employees of organisations belonging to the 'exempt’ category are usually handled by the autonomous PF trusts of the institute. Public-sector companies such as NTPC, BHEL, and Keltron in addition to several private organisations like Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services, and Accenture have their own PF trust. More than 75,000 retired employees, who have been deprived of the facility to avail a higher pension by the EPFO, had submitted their petitions hoping to receive justice from the Kerala High Court. In October 2016, the Supreme Court ruled that pensioners enrolled under the Employee Pension Scheme (EPS) can opt for a higher pension if they wish to do so. Employees applying for a higher pension will be required to pay towards the differential amount between the contribution required to avail the higher pension and what they have actually paid for their account. However, this differential amount is usually minimal or offset since employees are entitled to arrears for the higher pension they were entitled to starting from the date of retirement.

      22 October 2018

    • PF pension amendment set aside by the Kerala High Court

      On Friday 12 October 2018 a Division Bench of the Kerala High Court set aside the Employees Pension (Amendment) Scheme (GSR609(E)) which have significantly lowered the pension eligibility of the employees. The verdict was passed by the Bench consisting of Justices K-Surendra Mohan and A.M.Babu. The Bench also permitted a batch of 507 writ petitions which were filed by several organisations and employees against the amendment. The petitioners stressed the fact that the order of the amendment which was issued on 22 August 2014 actually limited the maximum pension to Rs.15,000 each month. They challenged the amendment as they felt this capping on the pension amount is against the main motto of the scheme which was to provide financial support to the employees. Earlier, this amendment was made in the scheme removing a provision which permitted the employees to get pension based on their actual drawn salary if they had contributed in the Provident Fund on the basis of their actual salary and is drawn on a joint request made by the employer as well as the employee. However, after this amendment, the pension of the employees was computed by taking an average of 60 months salary in place of 12 months. According to the petitioners, this amendment has divided the employes into two different categories, employees retiring before and after September 2014.

      16 October 2018

    • PF pension amendment set aside by the Kerala High Court

      On Friday 12 October 2018 a Division Bench of the Kerala High Court set aside the Employees Pension (Amendment) Scheme (GSR609(E)) which have significantly lowered the pension eligibility of the employees. The verdict was passed by the Bench consisting of Justices K-Surendra Mohan and A.M.Babu. The Bench also permitted a batch of 507 writ petitions which were filed by several organisations and employees against the amendment. The petitioners stressed the fact that the order of the amendment which was issued on 22 August 2014 actually limited the maximum pension to Rs.15,000 each month. They challenged the amendment as they felt this capping on the pension amount is against the main motto of the scheme which was to provide financial support to the employees. Earlier, this amendment was made in the scheme removing a provision which permitted the employees to get pension based on their actual drawn salary if they had contributed in the Provident Fund on the basis of their actual salary and is drawn on a joint request made by the employer as well as the employee. However, after this amendment, the pension of the employees was computed by taking an average of 60 months salary in place of 12 months. According to the petitioners, this amendment has divided the employes into two different categories, employees retiring before and after September 2014.

      16 October 2018

    • Interest rate hike on non-government superannuation, PF, and gratuity

      After the recent hike in the interest rates of small savings schemes, the government has decided to increase the rates on non-government superannuation, provident fund (PF), and gratuity. Effective from October 1st, the interest earned under these schemes will be at the rate of 8%. Earlier the interest rate was 7.6%. On 4th October, the finance ministry had confirmed this interest rate revision under the Special Deposit Scheme (SDS) 1975. Several non-government organisations manage their own PF but they follow the investment guidelines of the government. The interest rate hike will be helpful to these organisations.

      15 October 2018

    • PF Account to Be Linked to Aadhaar if Monthly Income Less Than Rs.15,000

      As per a statement by a government official, all formal-sector workers with a monthly income less than Rs.15,000 and availing the benefits of EPS will now have to link their provident fund (PF) accounts, handled by the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), with their concerned Aadhaar numbers. Under the EPFO, there are 3 schemes towards which both employers and employees can contribute - Employees’ Pension Scheme (EPS) 1995, Employees’ Provident Fund Scheme 1952, and Employees’ Deposit Linked Insurance Scheme, 1976. While upholding the constitutional validity of Aadhaar, the court has recently restricted its use to government welfare schemes which are funded by the Consolidated Fund of India. The government offers a subsidy towards EPS equivalent to 1.16% of the salary of an employee earning up to Rs.15,000. At present, more than 40 million people avail the benefits of EPS and there are over 60 million active members under the EPFO. All companies that have a minimum of 20 workers are covered by the EPFO. However, as per the new mandate, the employees who are not covered under EPS since they have monthly income above Rs.15,000, and are current subscribers of EPFO might not be required to link their Aadhaar numbers with their PF accounts. Employees joining companies after August 2018 and availing the government benefits under the Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana (PMRPY) will also have to link their PF accounts with their Aadhaar numbers. Under the PMPRY, the government will pay 8.33% of an employer’s share of the contribution towards schemes run by the EPFO.

      4 October 2018

    • Precision Fasteners’ Liquidator Told by National Company Law Tribunal to Make PF Dues Payment Prior to Repaying Creditors

      An order has been issued by the National Company Law Tribunal to the resolution professional managing the liquidation of Precision Fasteners which is based out of Mumbai to ensure that employees’ PF dues are paid up before it repays creditors. While the right of every other creditor over the company’s assets are property rights, workmen dues, especially PF dues, come under the Right to Life, according to the Mumbai bench of the National Company Law Tribunal. Ravikumar Duraisamy and BSV Prakash Kumar, the member judges of the National Company Law Tribunal have also told the resolution professional to ensure that the PF dues from the liquidation estate are paid off.

      1 October 2018

    • Precision Fasteners’ Liquidator Told by National Company Law Tribunal to Make PF Dues Payment Prior to Repaying Creditors

      An order has been issued by the National Company Law Tribunal to the resolution professional managing the liquidation of Precision Fasteners which is based out of Mumbai to ensure that employees’ PF dues are paid up before it repays creditors. While the right of every other creditor over the company’s assets are property rights, workmen dues, especially PF dues, come under the Right to Life, according to the Mumbai bench of the National Company Law Tribunal. Ravikumar Duraisamy and BSV Prakash Kumar, the member judges of the National Company Law Tribunal have also told the resolution professional to ensure that the PF dues from the liquidation estate are paid off.

      26 September 2018

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