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Transfer of EPF

April 11, 2012
 

Transferring EPF is necessary when you are switching companies. The EPF account that holds your money belonging to the previous company has to be transferred to the EPF account in your new company (both these EPF accounts are different). And this task should be taken up with utmost seriousness. And the sooner it is done the better it is!

So what is the procedure for EPF transfer? We will see shortly. I will illustrate this with my own experience.
Form 13 is used for transferring your PF account from one employer to another employer. So this is the first and foremost thing you require. The revised form-13 can be downloaded from the below link:
http://www.epfindia.com/forms/13revised.PDF

Fill up form-13 and submit it to your present employer. The present employer will initiate the process of transferring EPF by sending it to the EPF office. This will take a few months to complete. A common mistake that employees tend to do here is they sit back and relax. They forget about the EPF transfer completely. This can unnecessarily delay the transfer. One has to keep following up with the EPF office. In case of too much delay or any problem, one has the option of raising a grievance. The procedure of raising a grievance is simple. Go to the below link…
http://epfigms.gov.in/HomePage.aspx

Register your grievance. Don’t forget to attach the form-13 with this grievance. After a few weeks, come back to the same url and check the status by clicking on view status tab.



I had raised the grievance on 13/09/2011. After endless follow-up emails with ro.bangalore@epfindia.gov.in, I finally received an email from gms@epfindia.gov.in and it said something like this:

This is with reference to your Grievance registered vide Registration Number ROBGL/E/2011/[xxxxx]. It is informed that after processing your grievance,the following action(s) has been taken:   An amount of Rs. [so and so]/- has been authorized for transfer to your present account.

Immediately I checked my  grievance status. Here it is showing case closed. It’s such a huge relief.




Upon clicking the final reply in the above screen shot the below message pops up.

This is with reference to your Grievance registered vide Registration Number ROBGL/xxxxxxxxxx.
It is informed that after processing your grievance,the following action(s) has been taken: 
An amount of Rs. xxxxx/- has been authorized for transfer to your present account.

But wait! Still, I don’t have the luxury to rejoice! The illusive money has not yet come to my present EPF account and I am still following it up. Yesterday again I wrote a reminder email to ro.bangalore@epf.gov.in, stating that I got confirmation message of transfer of epf amount on 20.March.12 and after that 20 days have already passed and the amount has not come in my present epf account!

When I finally receive the amount in my present EPF account, I will update here in this blog. Till then I will keep sending reminder emails. 7 months have passed since I raised the grievance and I am still waiting for my money. Also, it is going to be two years since I switched companies.

I only wish Government Organizations were a little prompt in expediting these processes!

Update on    16.April.2012
Still sending reminder emails to ro.bangalore@epf.gov.in, and the money is still not transferred in my present EPF account. 

Note: Some figures which I don't want to share have not been shown/encrypted! 


Update on 27.April.2012
Finally EPF gets transferred. Bingo!

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Good Post !! Really helpful..

LINK FOR FORMS FOR CLAIMING BENEFITS UNDER THE EMPLOYEES' PROVIDENT FUND SCHEME (this includes transfer form, withdrawal form etc):
http://www.epfindia.com/downloads_forms.htm

I have just recently come across a service which allows you to fill out or edit PDF forms online without having to download any software. I was able to print out my document and even fax it online. I'm sure you will definitely find the service useful and easy to use.



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