TN 2 (01-03)
GN 01727.220 Additional Applications for Portuguese Benefits
In addition to Form SSA-2490-BK, an applicant for Portuguese benefits must complete one or more special Portuguese application forms. The form(s) to be completed vary depending on the type of benefit claimed.
The special Portuguese application forms are not taken in the field offices (FO's). After receiving a claim for Portuguese benefits that was filed with SSA, the Portuguese agency will mail the appropriate Portuguese application form to the applicant. The Portuguese agency will include instructions asking the claimant to complete the forms and mail them directly to the Portuguese agency with any additional evidence that may be needed.
If an applicant brings one of the Portuguese application forms to the FO, the FO should:
Provide any necessary assistance in completing the form(s).
Photocopy and certify any documents (evidence) the Portuguese agency has requested the applicant to include with the Portuguese claim.
Return the form(s) and certified photocopies to the applicant and advise him or her to mail them directly to the Portuguese agency that sent them.
Advise the applicant to check with the U.S. Postal Service for the international rate and/or fee for mailing materials to Portugal.
Reminder: Dont mail the Portuguese application forms to OIO.