TN 3 (03-97)
GN 01708.015 How the Foreign Service Post Processes and Develops Claims Filed With a German Agency
When a claimant contacts a German agency to file a claim for U.S. benefits, the agency routes forms D/USA 3 (Agreement Between the FRG and the U.S.A. on Social Security) and D/USA 4 (Agreement Between the FRG and the U.S.A. on Social Security-Liaison-Certification Form) to the FSP. The German coverage record will be included if it is readily available.
Follow the procedures below which explain how the FSP should process referrals from a German agency.
1. Claimant not entitled to U.S. benefits
Obtain form SSA-2490-F4 (Part I) and the appropriate RSDI applications and evidence and forward the claim to DIO with the forms D/USA 3 and D/USA 4 and the German coverage record.
2. Claimant already entitled to U.S. benefits
Destroy the forms D/USA 3 and D/USA 4, unless they contain a request for information from SSA. In that case, forward the forms to DIO, annotated “already entitled to U.S. benefits.”