NOTE: When an applicant is filing for regular (nontotalization) benefits from the U.S.
and benefits from Canada (regular or Totalization), it is not necessary to complete
the SSA-2490. However, MCS will not allow clearance of the claim for U.S. benefits
until the path for the SSA-2490 is entered. To clear the U.S. claim, complete only
the first (FINF) screen in the SSA-2490 path. This will release the claim for U.S.
benefits for award or denial. The claim for Canadian benefits should then be completed
using the appropriate Canadian application forms described in GN 01715.220.