An applicant filing for benefits under the agreement with the United Kingdom 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 United States, only from the United Kingdom or from both countries.
The SSA-2490 is available through MCS, but the MCS version may only be used when the
NH is filing for
U.S. retirement or disability Totalization benefits alone, or
U.S. retirement or disability benefits (regular or Totalization) and concurrently
for U.K. benefits.
The MCS version of the SSA-2490 may not be used to file for
U.S. or U.K. survivors benefits.
A paper SSA-2490-BK application form must be used in the latter cases.
NOTE: It is not necessary to take an SSA-2490-BK in claims for U.S. auxiliary benefits in
life cases since this application would have been completed previously in connection
with the NH's claim.