With one exception (see below), the Office of International Operations (OIO) is responsible
for all liaison activities with foreign countries, including forwarding claims for
foreign benefits. Therefore, forward all claims for benefits from a foreign country
to OIO regardless of the disposition of any concurrent claim for U.S. benefits.
Exception: Designated Canadian border offices should follow the instructions in GN 01715.320 — GN 01715.340 for claims for benefits from Canada.