Spain will add days of coverage based on the worker's U.S. coverage to his/ her Spanish
coverage to determine whether the applicable minimum coverage and recency-of-work
requirements are met.
Where necessary, workers can also meet the registration requirement that applies to
certain categories of Spanish benefits (see GN 01721.020) based on U.S. coverage. The worker is deemed to meet this requirement if he/she
is entitled to U.S. Social Security benefits, or has a record of “current” U.S. coverage. The current coverage requirement is considered met if the worker:
has at least 1 QC during the 12-quarter period ending with the quarter in which the
worker applies for a Spanish retirement benefit, dies, or becomes disabled as defined
in Spanish laws, or
is insured for U.S. benefits based on U.S. coverage alone.