Can an Unemployed Person Start Paying Contributions as a Voluntary Member To Qualify for UMID?

No. Unemployed people (without a previous record of coverage or contribution) are not allowed to start paying contributions as voluntary members just so they can qualify for UMID or SSS benefits.

Voluntary membership is only for SSS members who are previously employed, self-employed, OFW, or non-working spouse and currently unemployed. This means you have to belong to one of those membership categories before becoming a voluntary member later on.

Moreover, only the first contribution payments from the employed, self-employed, non-working spouse or OFW members are considered valid by the SSS.

Any first contribution paid as a voluntary member is invalid and will be refunded.

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