Last updated: 16/1/2020

Basic Information

Geographic area
Population group
Elderly persons

Programme Details

Programme objectives

This pension is granted by the National Social Security Administration (ANSES) to people 65 years old or older who do not have any type of retirement or pension.

Programme components
Universal pension for the elderly
Start date

Targeting and eligiblity

Targeting methods
Means Test
Categorical Targeting
Target groups
Elderly adults 65 years of age or older, who do not receive any retirement payments or pension.
Eligibility criteria
To receive the pension, senior citizens must be native Argentine citizens, by option or naturalized, in the latter case with a minimum legal residence in the country of ten years prior to the date of application for the pension, or be foreign citizens, with legal residence accredited in the country of minimum twenty years, of which ten must be immediately prior to the date of application for the pension. The beneficiaries of the non-contributory old-age pensions granted by the Ministry of Social Development may opt to be beneficiaries of the Universal Pension for the Elderly, provided that they comply with all the requirements set forth in Law No. 27,260. The PUAM recipients can not work in a dependency relationship or on their own, unless they are attached to the social individual tax-payment (monotributo).

Coverage and other information

Type of benefits
Amount of benefits
Equivalent to 80% of the minimum guaranteed (haber mínimo garantizado). In 2018 the monthly amount was $ 7,447.28.
Payment/delivery frequency
Benefit delivery mechanism
Flat transfer
Benefit recipients
Direct beneficiary
Minimum and maximum duration of benefits (if any)
The minimum guaranteed is established in article 125 of law 24,241, its complementaries and amendings, and will be updated in accordance with the provisions of article 32 of the same law. The people who receive this pension have health coverage and PAMI services, can access the collection of family allowances (per child / child with disability, per spouse and annual school assistance) and ANSES credits.
Legal Framework
Law Nº 27.260 (Title III) from 2016.
Registration by the National Social Security Administration (ANSES) on the basis of the Argentine Integrated Pension System (SIPA).