What is Form 11 of the Employees Provident fund (EPF)
The EPF form 11 is a self-declaration form that every employee must complete when joining a new organization that is registered under the 1952 EPF Scheme. This form contains information about the employee’s EPF history. An employee can use this form to indicate whether or not he or she wants to participate in the Provident Fund structure at their current workplace. It can also be used to automatically transfer the PF account.
Is Form 11 PF required for all employees?
Yes, all employees who join a new organization must complete the PF Declaration form 11 as a declaration for EPS and EPF. This form is completed at the time of registration.
The Significance of EPF Form 11
A new employee who is also a member of the EPF will continue to receive benefits under the same Universal Account Number (UAN). A new PF account number, however, will be generated. A new employee who has not previously been a member of the EPFO may opt out of EPF/EPS. To elaborate, if this is your first job or you have never earned more than INR 15,000 per month, you can choose not to contribute to EPF.
Excluded Employees are employees who choose not to participate in EPF. Members who receive PF pensions or have previously withdrawn PF funds are also considered excluded employees. To transfer the PF amount from the previous employer/account to the new account automatically. The Provident Fund Department can keep a comprehensive member database. The declaration form is also useful during inspections, audits, and verifications.
How do I complete PF Form 11?
On the EPFO website, you can easily download the EPF Form 11. Form 11 of the EPF is a
self-declaration form. When joining a new organization that falls under the Employees Provident
Fund (EPF) scheme as defined by the EPF Act of 1952 or the Employee Pension Scheme of 1995, an employee must complete the form.
The EPF Form 11 is a one-page document divided into three sections.
The following is a step-by-step guide to filling out the EPF From 11:
- Personal Information
- Member’s Full Name
- Name of the father or spouse
- Birthday (dd/mm/yyyy)
- Relationship Status
- Email Address
- telephone number
- Whether you were a member of the Employees’ Provident Fund Scheme before 1952 (Yes/No)
- Whether you were a member of the Employees’ Pension Scheme before 1995 (Yes/No)
- If you answered yes to either of the above questions, you must provide the following previous employment information:
- Account Number Universal
- Earlier PF Account Number
- Date of departure from a previous job (dd/mm/yyyy)
- Certificate Number for the Scheme (if issued)
- PPO (Pension Payment Order) Number (if issued)
- (Yes/No) International Worker
- If yes, please specify the country of origin (India/Name of the Other Country).
- Number on Passport
- Passport Validity [(dd/mm/yyyy) to (dd/mm/yyyy)]
Following that, you must provide the following KYC information and attach self-attested copies:
- IFSC Code and Bank Account Number
- Aadhar Card Number
- If available, a Permanent Account Number (PAN)
Examine the declaration form thoroughly before attesting to the undertaking. On the left side of the declaration form, write the location and date of signing.
The Current Employer’s Declaration
The employer (the newly joined organisation) must take some steps, fill in the necessary details, and attest to the same. It is also required to produce a declaration containing the specifics of the information provided by the employee.
The specifics are as follows: Employee start date Employee Membership ID UAN for employees Validation of KYC credentials
Important EPF Considerations for International Workers
- International workers must also complete Form 11 when they join. They must, however, keep the following points in mind:
- A Social Security Agreement is a bilateral agreement that protects the social security interests of workers stationed in another country. Because it is a reciprocal arrangement, it generally ensures equality of treatment and avoids double coverage. India currently has active SSAs (Social Security Agreements) with Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, France, Denmark, the Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, Hungary, Finland, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Norway, Austria, Canada, Australia, Portugal, Quebec, and Japan.
- Excluded Workers: An “excluded employee” is an international worker who contributes to the home country’s social security programme and is certified through the issuance of a Detachment Certificate for a specified period with respect to the SSA signed between India and the specific country.
- There is no minimum period of stay in India required to become eligible for PF compliance activation. Each eligible international worker must register in the scheme from the start date of his job in India.
- The provisions of the PF will apply even if the employee’s salary is paid outside of India.
- In the case of a split payroll, the PF contribution will be calculated based on the individual’s total salary.
- Only employment in a country with which India has signed an SSA qualifies an Indian employee for the status of “International Worker.” He or she will remain in that status until he or she receives benefits from a social security programme covered by the SSA.
Q1. Is there a separate Form 11 for new and returning employees?
No, there is only one form for both employees, Form 11. Previously, there were two forms, but now any employee joining a new organisation must fill out only Form 11.
Q2. How can I obtain Form 11 in Word format?
Form 11 can be downloaded by employees here.
Q3: What is the function of Form 11?
Form 11 is used to declare an employee for both the provident fund and the pension scheme. Anyone starting work in an organisation where the Employees’ Provident Fund and Family Pension Scheme are in effect must fill out this form as a mandate.