An applicant filing for benefits under the agreement with Italy must complete Form
SSA-2490-BK (Application for Benefits Under a U.S. International Social Security Agreement).
This is true whether the applicant is filing for benefits only from the U.S., only
from Italy or from both countires.
The SSA-2490-BK is available through MCS only when the NH is filing an application
for both U.S. (regular or Totalization) and Italian life benefits. It is not available
when the NH is filing for Italian benefits only or when an application for survivor
benefits is being filed. In those cases, a paper SSA-2490-BK application form must
be filed. (An SSA-2490-BK is not necessary in claims for U.S. auxiliary benefits in
life cases since it would have been previously completed with the NH's claim.)