Nowadays, Employees'Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) has initiated a composite form which can be used for various purposes like final withdrawal, transfer, etc. This form can be filled online. And for final withdrawal, there is no need for the signature of the last employer. The subscribers can now withdraw 75% of the total accumulated amount within one month of resigning from service.
However, I would advise the questioner to link the previous EPF account with the new account to be opened with the new employer. I am indicating the step-by-step procedure for linking EPF accounts. The procedure is as under:-
(a) When an individual joins a new organization, a new EPF account is opened and the individual is allotted a UAN number.
(b) The employee is then required to visit the EPF portal (https://unifiedportal-memepfoindia.gov.in/memberinterface/) and activate the UAN number. He/She should also update mobile number, AADHAR details and Know Your Customer (KYC) particulars, if not done by the office.
(c) After three days of activation of the new UAN number, the individual has to again visit the site. Thereafter he/she should go to the 'Services' tab, click it and then click 'One employee-One EPF account' button.
(d) After clicking the button, the employee will find an online form. The employee is required to fill the form online and indicate the numbers of previous EPF accounts, which he/she wants to merge with the present account. The employee is required to submit the form online.
(e) On submission, he/she will receive an OTP in the registered mobile number.
(f) On submission of OTP and the necessary declaration, EPFO will merge the old accounts indicated in the online form, with the present account.
I hope that the above helps.
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