BASIC (08-94)

GN 01726.110 How to Credit Dutch Coverage

A. Policy

The Dutch coverage certification is used to assign foreign (F) quarters of coverage to the earnings record.

  • All periods of coverage certified by the Netherlands are creditable, except periods prior to 1957 and periods which are later than the date of certification.

  • The presence of Dutch coverage after onset is not necessarily an indication of work. Development of substantial gainful activity should not be initiated based only on the presence of such Dutch coverage.

  • There is no minimum amount of Dutch coverage which must be earned before the U.S. can use it.

B. Procedure

Follow these steps to assign Dutch coverage.

 

STEPACTION
1If the claimant is filing for disability benefits on this record, assure that coverage records have been obtained from both SVB and UWV and credit all possible F quarters of coverage to the FCER. (See GN-01726.320 for an explanation and exception.)
2If the claimant is filing for retirement or survivor benefits on this record, credit only the number of quarters required for insured status.
3Determine the number of months of Dutch coverage within each “from-to” period. (Remember that all months within a period are coverage months even if there is only one day of coverage).
4Determine the maximum possible number of FQCs as follows:
 Divide the number of months of coverage in each insurance period by 3 (the number of months in a calendar quarter) to determine the maximum possible number of FQCs for that period. Any remainder is considered 1 FQC.
5If there is a “from-to” period which begins or ends in the same calendar quarter as another “from-to” period, determine FQCs for each period separately.
  

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Assign FQCs as follows:

  • Assign FQCs for each creditable period of Dutch coverage starting with the calendar quarter in which the period begins and continuing consecutively until all FQCs are assigned.

  • Do not assign FQCs after the calendar quarter in which the Dutch period ends.

  • Do not assign an FQC in a calendar quarter where a U.S. QC is already assigned. When a U.S. QC is assigned within a Dutch period, credit FQCs up to that quarter and begin again in the next available quarter.

  • For years after 1977, assign existing U.S. QCs using the flexible crediting provision so as to permit assigning the maximum number of FQCs. (See RS-00301.230 regarding the assignment of QCs).

  • Do not skip over an FQC that was assigned based on another Dutch period. (If FQCs based on separate Dutch periods fall within the same calendar quarter, the FQCs overlap and, one of the overlapping FQCs is cancelled).

7Is the worker insured for U.S. totalization benefits after assigning Dutch coverage?
 
  • If yes, process the award (assuming all other entitlement factors are met).

  • If no, go to Step 8.

8Is the claim for disability benefits or for survivor benefits which could be paid based on currently insured status?
 
  • If yes, recredit coverage following Step 6, except assign FQCs starting with the last available calendar quarter of each period and continuing backwards consecutively until all FQCs are assigned and go to Step 9.

  • If no, go to Step 10.

9Is the worker insured for U.S. totalization benefits after crediting coverage following Step 8?
 
  • If yes, process the award (assuming all other entitlement factors are met).