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EPF Form 31

Form 31 PF - Overview

Last Updated 05th Dec 2021

Form 31 PF or EPF Advance Form is used to file a claim for partial withdrawal or advance from the EPF account .

PurposeAdvance withdrawal of funds from EPF account
Link for EPF Form 31https://www.epfindia.gov.in/site_docs/PDFs/Downloads_PDFs/Form31.pdf
Reasons for withdrawal of funds
  • Home Loan
  • Wedding
  • Medical Reasons
Mode of filling EPF Form 31
  • Online- EPFO portal
  • Offline-Jurisdictional EPFO office
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What is EPF Form 31?

EPF or Employee Provident Fund is a retirement benefits scheme that allows you to build a corpus for retirement. In case of a financial emergency, the funds accumulated in the EPF account can, however, be withdrawn during the employment period as well. To do so, you are required to submit EPF claim form 31 to EPFO with a valid justification/reason for advance withdrawal of funds. EPF withdrawal form 31 can be filled both through online and offline modes. To fill EPF withdrawal form 31 online, your UAN must be registered.

Declaration in Form 31

  • PF Advance Form 31 is a declaration that an employee needs to withdraw funds from an EPF account before retirement.
  • Employees can submit EPF claim Form 31 for specified purposes which includes purchase/construction of home, wedding or education of self/sibling/child, repayment of home loan and medical emergencies.
  • EPF Form 31 acts as proof that the withdrawal is only made for the purposes as mentioned above.
  • It is significant that the form is duly filled and signed by the employee. Certain sections need to be filled by the employer and EPFO commissioner.
  • To ensure that EPFO approves the application for EPF claim you must provide updated details with the required documents.
  • Employees can apply for withdrawal of funds through EPF Form 31 by visiting the EPFO portal or through offline mode.

How to Download EPF Form 31 ?

Employees can download EPF Form 31 by visiting the EPFO portal or through the link mentioned below.

https://www.epfindia.gov.in/site_docs/PDFs/Downloads_PDFs/Form31.pdf

Details required for withdrawal through EPF Form 31

As mentioned above, employees need to fill the details in the EPF Form 31. These details are discussed below. Also, there are some sections & details which are to be filled by the employer & EPFO commissioner.

Details to be filled by the Employee
  • Mobile Number
  • Purpose for Advances
  • Amount of Advances required.
  • Name of the member
  • Father’s Name/Husband’s Name (in case of married women)
  • Name and Address of the Employer
  • PF Account Number
  • Monthly Basic Wages and Dearness Allowance
  • Full Postal Address of the applicant
  • Signature of the Employee
  • Signature of the Employer
  • Mode of Remittance
  • In whose favour cheque is to be drawn (in case of home loans, EMIs, etc.)
  • For any other reason, provide your bank account details.
  • In case of Advances for marriage, provide complete details such as name, age, date of marriage, address.
  • Advance Stamp Receipt (Fill the amount)
Details to be filled in by the Employer
  • Certification by the Employer
  • Signature, date, and designation (along with the stamp of the establishment)
  • Enclosures
Details to be filled in by the EPF Commissioner
  • Section
  • Account number
  • Fund to reimbursed
  • Mode of Remittance
  • Signature of the Accounts Officer

Submission of physical application through Form 31

Once you have downloaded the EPF Form 31, you can submit the duly filled form at your respective Jurisdictional EPFO office along with the required documents by getting an attestation from the employer.

Submission of online application for withdrawal from EPF

To submit an online application for withdrawal of funds from EPF, your UAN must be activated and linked to a registered mobile number, Aadhaar & PAN Card. Employees can submit EPF claim Form 31 online by following the steps as mentioned below:

  • Visit the official EPFO portal by clicking on https://unifiedportal-emp.epfindia.gov.in/epfo/.
  • Now, log in to the portal by entering your UAN, Password & captcha code.
  • Next, under the ‘Online Services’ section select ‘Claim.’
  • On the page displayed enter details such as name, date of birth, father’s name, PAN, Aadhaar number, date of joining the company, and mobile number.
  • Now, click on ‘Proceed for Online Claim.’
  • Next, on a new page displayed select ‘PF Advance (Form 31) from the dropdown menu.
  • Finally, choose the reason for availing advance and enter the amount and your current address.
  • Sign the disclosure and click on Get Aadhaar OTP.’
  • Finally, enter the OTP received on the registered mobile number, click on ‘Validate OTP and Submit Claim Form’.

Check Form 31 Claim Status

Once you have submitted the EPF Advance Form through offline/online mode, you can check Form 31 Claim status by following the steps as mentioned below:

  • Visit the official EPFO portal by clicking on https://unifiedportal-emp.epfindia.gov.in/epfo/.
  • Now, log in to the portal by entering your UAN, Password & captcha code.
  • Next, under the ‘Online Services’, click on ‘Track Claim Status.’
  • Select the location of your PF office from your drop-down menu.
  • On the page displayed, you can view your region and office code. Enter the Establishment code
  • Finally, enter your 7-digit account number and Submit’ your form to see the status of your application.

Points to Remember while Filling EPF Form 31

Below mentioned are essential points that you need to remember while filing EPF Form 31:

  • To get the funds in your bank account don’t forget to attach the cancelled cheque with Form 31.
  • You can choose money order as the payout option only if the amount for withdrawal is below ₹ 2,000.
  • You must submit EPF Form 31 offline with duly attested by the employer.
  • For submitting EPF withdrawal form 31 online, you must link your UAN with a bank account, Aadhaar, PAN Card & mobile.
  • It takes a few weeks for processing of EPF claims and disbursal of funds.

Latest News about EPF

  • EPF Withdrawal Claim to be settled in 3 days
    As per the latest update, EPFO has allowed you to withdraw EPF funds for COVID. In March 2020, the central government introduced a special provision that allowed the EPF members to withdraw basic pay and dearness allowance (DA) of three months or 75 per cent of their EPF money, whichever is lower as advance. However, it was permitted to a one-time advance in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with that, EPFO has also reduced the claim settlement cycle to just three days as against the statutory requirement to settle the claims within 20 days.

FAQs

What is Form 31 in PF?

Form 31 in PF is EPF Advance Form to file a claim for partial withdrawal or advance from the EPF account before the retirement period for specific reasons such as medical emergency, wedding, home renovation etc.

Why is my EPF Form 31 rejected?

EPFO can reject your EPF Form 31 in the following circumstances.

  • You have not provided updated information in the form.
  • You have claimed the advance in the past.
  • You have not provided the required documents.
  • You failed to submit the EPF Form within the specified period.

What is the processing time for Form 31?

It may take around 5-30 days if you have submitted EPF withdrawal form 31 online and for offline submission, the processing time would be slightly longer.

How much amount can you claim through Form 31?

The specific criteria for withdrawal of funds through Form 31 vary based on reasons for withdrawal & period of employment.

How many times can you claim Form 31?

You can submit claim Form 31 2-3 times on a non-refundable basis, with a minimum gap of 6 months. However, you can only withdraw once for one specific reason.


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