TN 10 (01-98)
GN 00905.352 Claims Inquiries and Claims from the Philippines
Develop all claims for, or on behalf of, persons in the Philippines through the Foreign Service Post (FSP).
Send all correspondence for persons living in the Philippines through the FSP.
2. Requests for birth certificates
Get written authorization from the appropriate person when asking the FSP to secure, or examine, a public birth record. The statement must show that the person authorizes the FSP to examine the record of his birth.
Secure the statement from the:
Individual whose record is to be examined;
Next of kin if the person whose record is to be examined is dead, or
Parent or guardian if the person whose record is to be examined is under age 18.
Provide the FSP with the claimant's address if the person whose record is to be examined is in the Philippines. The FSP will contact him for the authorization.
Note: The FSP employees are prevented by Philippine law from securing copies of, or examining, public (i.e., civil) birth records without the authorization of the person whose record is involved.
Send correspondence, claims inquiries and applications to:
2. FO action on claims and claims inquiries
Request assistance directly from the FSP in obtaining applications from potential claimants in the Philippines.
Send the application, claims material and other pertinent information to the FSP if an application or inquiry is received directly from an individual in the Philippines.
Use an SSA-562-U3. Attach the authorization to the SSA-562-U3 if a birth certificate is requested.
Diary the request for 60 days with 45-day followups.
3. Appeals cases
The Administrative Law Judge or Appeals Council requests development directly from the FSP.
The FSP personally contacts each claimant to establish his identity and inform him about deduction events and third-party assistance. If a personal contact is not made, the FSP explains why and undertakes any necessary development. It returns the completed file, including the completed development, to the requesting office.