Guide to online PF withdrawal
Employee Provident Fund (EPF) is a saving scheme for employees managed by the government. Under this scheme, employees contribute a portion of their salary i.e. 12% of their basic pay every month and the same amount is also contributed by the employer. These contributions together form a corpus which can be completely withdrawn by the employee after retirement or when he/she is unemployed for more than 2 months. EPF can also be partially withdrawn in certain circumstances and subject to few prescribed conditions.
The EPF organization has made the allocation of UAN (Universal Account Number) compulsory for all the employees covered under the Provident Fund Act. UAN is linked to the employee’s EPF account and there will be no need to apply for EPF transfer at the time of changing jobs. It has also made online PF withdrawal easy. You will also be able to check EPF withdrawal claim status.
Online process to withdraw PF
After the allocation of UAN, employees can now submit an online application for online PF withdrawal. Now there is no need to fill lengthy provident fund withdrawal form. To apply for withdrawal of PF through EPF Portal, make sure that your UAN is activated and is linked with your KYC i.e. Aadhaar, PAN, and bank details. Follow the below-mentioned steps for applying through online application for PF withdrawal.
Step 1: To apply for online PF withdrawal, visit the UAN portal
Step 2: Login to the account with your UAN and password and after entering the captcha
Step 3: After successfully login, click on the ‘Manage’ tab and select KYC to confirm whether your KYC details such as Aadhaar, PAN and bank details are verified
Step 4: After verifying the KYC details, go to ‘Online Services’ tab and select the option ‘Claim’ from the menu
Step 5: The ‘Claim’ page will show the member details, KYC, and other service details. To submit your claim form for online PF withdrawal, click on the tab ‘Proceed For Online Claim’.
Step 6: Under the tab ‘I Want To Apply For’, select the claim you want i.e full EPF Settlement, EPF Part withdrawal or pension withdrawal,’. It completes the process of your online PF withdrawal. In case you are not eligible for any of the services due to the service criteria, then you will not see the options in the drop-down menu.
Tracking your PF claim status: Once you have applied for the PF withdrawal, you can track your PF withdrawal status online. Before you go to the EPFO portal to track the status of EPF withdrawal request, ensure that you have the details of your EPF number, Regional EPF office of your employer, company code and extension code (if required). Visit http://www.epfindia.gov.in/site_en/KYCS.php and check PF withdrawal status in few easy steps.