TN 1 (07-99)
GN 01723.140 Alien Nonpayment Provision Under French Agreement
Section 202(t)(1) of the Social Security Act provides that certain alien beneficiaries will have their benefits suspended once they have been outside the U.S. for more than 6 months.
As explained in GN 01701.150A.1., certain alien beneficiaries who would otherwise be subject to suspension under section 202(t)(1) are exempt from suspension if they reside in a country with which the U.S. has a Totalization agreement. This exemption applies to residents of France who receive regular RSDI benefits as well as those who receive Totalization benefits.
NOTE: French citizens are already exempt from the alien nonpayment provisions, regardless of where they reside (see RS 02610.015A.).
If a claimant who does not meet another exception to the alien nonpayment provisions alleges residence in France, develop residence status to verify that the exemption provided by the agreement applies.