Changes to the government program “Family 500+”

From January 1, 2022, in accordance with the changes introduced to the government program “Family 500+”, the rules for the collection of applications for child benefit have changed. 

According to the new rules, the service of accepting and examining applications and granting child benefit was taken over by the Social Insurance Institution (Zakład Ubezpieczeń Społecznych), in place of the current program implementers.

From January 1, 2022, the ZUS accepts new applications and pays the child benefit granted by it on an ongoing basis (e.g. for newborn children), and from February 1, 2022, it will accept applications for the next benefit period, i.e. the period that will start on June 1, 2022 and will last until May 31, 2023.

On the other hand, cases concerning the right to child benefit for the periods prior to January 1, 2022, from applications submitted by December 31, 2021, will be continued by the existing authorities until their completion. 

Under the new rules, applications for a child benefit may be submitted to ZUS only via electronic means through one of the three application channels: via the PUE ZUS Platform, the Emp@tia information and service portal at or via electronic banking. 

The payment of the child benefit will be made only in a non-cash form, to the bank account indicated by the applicant.

From February 1, 2022, the call for applications for establishing the right to child benefit for the new benefit period will start, which will run from June 1, 2022 to May 31, 2023.