Follow these steps for reviewing claims in a totalization module.
Review the file for the required applications and evidence listed in GN 01727.205 - GN 01727.215. (See GN 01704.500 for additional instructions for developing and evaluating evidence.)
If there is a claim for Portuguese benefits, check the file for a U.S. earnings record.
If there is no earnings record in file, request it from OCRO, following GN 01704.570.
When all the material required above is available, refer to GN 01728.205 - GN 01728.210 for preparing a claims package for the Portuguese agency.
How Field Offices and CDB process claims for benefits under all international agreements,
GN 01702.100 - GN 01702.135.
Applications and evidence obtained specifically for the agreement with Portugal, GN 01727.205 - GN 01727.215.