When the Office of International Operations (OIO) forwards a claim for foreign benefits
to the other country, it notifies the applicant of the date of forwarding and the
address to which OIO sent the claim. In addition, OIO will annotate the date of forwarding
to the foreign country on the Modernized Development Worksheet (MDW) screen.
When OIO requests a foreign coverage record in connection with a claim for U.S. Totalization
benefits, it does not send any specific notice to the applicant advising him or her
that the record has been requested. However, if the applicant has filed for both U.S.
Totalization benefits and foreign benefits, OIO requests the foreign coverage record
at the same time it forwards the foreign claim to the other country.