TN 2 (01-03)
GN 01727.130 Computation of Portuguese Totalization Benefits
When entitlement to Portuguese retirement, survivors or disability benefits is established based on combined U.S. and Portuguese coverage, the amount of the Totalization benefit payable by Portugal will be computed based only on the workers periods of coverage and earnings credited under Portuguese law. The workers U.S. coverage and earnings are not taken into account for computation purposes.
If a Portuguese resident qualifies for a Totalization benefit from Portugal, as well as a U.S. benefit, and the amount of the combined benefits would be less than the minimum benefit payable under Portuguese law, Portugal will pay a supplement sufficient to raise the combined benefits to the minimum benefit amount.