TN 2 (03-04)

GN 01702.005 Field Office Role in Processing Claims Filed Under a Totalization Agreement – General

The role of the field office is to:

  • Provide limited general information about the eligibility requirements under the system of an agreement country. (Refer to the subchapter for the specific agreement for a short summary of eligibility requirements.)

  • Assist applicants in filing applications to claim benefits from either the United States or an agreement country.

  • Secure evidence (other than a foreign coverage record) required to adjudicate a claim for U.S. Totalization benefits.

  • Make reasonable efforts to secure information/evidence required by an agreement country to adjudicate a claim for benefits from that country.

  • Perform final adjudication of claims for U.S. benefits where the number holder (NH) is insured based on U.S. coverage alone or has less than 6 quarters of coverage (QCs).

  • Process an initial denial in claims for U.S. benefits where the NH has at least 6 QCs but is not insured based on U.S. QCs alone and the applicant meets all other factors of entitlement.


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GN 01702.005 - Field Office Role in Processing Claims Filed Under a Totalization Agreement - General - 03/24/2004
Batch run: 01/27/2009
Rev:03/24/2004