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
As explained in GN 01701.150A.1., 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 United
States has a Totalization agreement. This exemption applies to residents of the Netherlands
who receive regular RSDI benefits as well as those who receive Totalization benefits.
NOTE: The Netherlands Antilles are not part of the Netherlands for purposes of the agreement.
Therefore, residence in the Netherlands Antilles does not exempt a beneficiary from
the nonpayment provision in section 202(t)(1) of the Act. However, Dutch citizens
are already exempt from this provision regardless of where they reside (see RS 02610.015A.).