An application filed with one country will be considered an application for benefits
from the other country provided the applicant indicates an intent to claim benefits
from the other country (see GN 01702.100).
To be effective, an application for benefits under an agreement must be filed on or
after the date the agreement enters into force. However, if an application was filed
with SSA before that date and SSA has not yet made a final determination on the application
when the agreement enters into force, it will be considered a valid application.