TN 2 (10-97)

GN 01719.130 Eligibility for U.K. Disability Benefits Under the Agreement

A. Introduction

To receive a regular U.K. disability benefit, a worker must have a specified amount of recent work credits under the U.K. system and reside in the United Kingdom. Under the agreement, it is possible for individuals in the United States to receive U.K. disability benefits. The agreement also includes provisions which modify the benefit rights of certain disabled workers who reside in the United Kingdom.

B. Policy - Claimant in the united states

The supplementary agreement, that became effective September 1, 1997, liberalizes the eligibility requirements for the payment of U.K. disability benefits to residents of the United States.

1. Before September 1, 1997

Under the benefit provisions of the original agreement, U.K. disability benefits were paid to persons in the United States, provided the worker met all of the following conditions:

  • was not entitled to regular (nontotalization) disability benefits from the United States,

  • had earned 4 U.S. quarters of coverage during the 2-year period preceding disability onset and had earned at least 1 quarter of coverage since last arriving in the United States,

  • met the minimum coverage requirement for U.K. disability benefits at the time of departure from the United Kingdom,

  • had not been absent from the United Kingdom for more than 5 years since last completing a period of coverage under U.K. law, and

  • had been incapable of work for at least 52 weeks on account of sickness or disablement according to the relevant provisions of U.K. law.

2. After August 31, 1997

Under the more liberal provisions of the supplementary agreement, U.K. disability benefits may be paid to a person in the United States if he or she:

  • has paid contributions equivalent to about 1 year of coverage under U.K. law, and

  • has paid or been credited with U.K. contributions equivalent to a year of coverage in each of the last 2 years before disability onset, or has 2 quarters of U.S. coverage in each of those years.

A person who meets these requirements and is not receiving a U.S. disability benefit will receive the full U.K. benefit. If the person is receiving a U.S. disability benefit (either a regular or Totalization benefit), only a partial U.K. benefit will be paid in proportion to the duration of the person's U.K. coverage.

C. Policy - claimant in the united kingdom

1. Before September 1, 1997

Under the original agreement, a person who had worked in both the United States and the United Kingdom and who satisfied the normal eligibility requirements for U.K. disability benefits could receive those benefits, provided the person:

  • was not entitled to regular (nontotalization) disability benefits from the United States, or

  • if entitled to regular U.S. disability benefits, resided in the United Kingdom for at least 5 years preceding disability onset.

2. After August 31, 1997

Under the supplementary agreement, a person who meets the normal eligibility requirements for U.K. disability benefits and who receives regular U.S. disability benefits will be able to qualify for partial U.K. disability benefits without regard to the duration of their U.K. residence.


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GN 01719.130 - Eligibility for U.K. Disability Benefits Under the Agreement - 03/31/2014
Batch run: 03/31/2014
Rev:03/31/2014