TN 2 (12-94)
GN 01711.125 Eligibility for Norwegian Benefits Under the Agreement
A. Policy - General
The agreement provides that Norway will count a worker's U.S. coverage, where necessary, when determining eligibility for Norwegian benefits under both the basic pension program and the supplementary pension program.
1. Basic pension
If a person has resided in Norway for at least 1 year but not long enough to meet the applicable coverage requirement for a basic pension, the person's U.S. and Norwegian coverage can be combined to meet the requirement. Thus, U.S. QC's can be used to meet the 3-year minimum coverage requirement for a basic old-age pension, or to meet the recent-coverage requirements that apply to the basic disability and survivors pension.
2. Supplementary pension
If a person has at least 1 year of coverage under Norway's supplementary pension system, but not enough to meet the 3-year minimum requirement for a pension, the person's U.S. QC's can be added to his/her supplementary system coverage credits to meet the requirement. In addition, U.S. QC's can be used to meet the recent-coverage requirement for the surviving spouse's pension.
B. Policy - Crediting U.S. Coverage
Norway will generally credit 1 year of Norwegian coverage for each 4 quarters of U.S. coverage. When making the conversion, the Norwegian agency divides the worker's total QC's by 4 with the result representing the number of years of coverage to be credited for eligibility purposes under both the basic and supplementary programs. However, Norway will not credit any U.S. QC's in a calendar year which is already credited as a year of coverage under the Norwegian system.
Norwegian benefit eligibility requirements, GN 01711.020
Application for benefits under the Norwegian agreement, GN 01711.215