TN 4 (11-03)
GN 01729.220 Additional Applications for Austrian Benefits
In addition to Form SSA-2490-BK, an applicant for Austrian benefits must complete one or more special Austrian application forms. The form(s) to be completed vary depending on the type of benefit claimed.
The special Austrian application forms are not taken in the field offices (FO's). After receiving a claim for Austrian benefits which was filed with SSA, the Austrian agency will mail the appropriate Austrian application forms to the applicant. The Austrian agency will include instructions asking the claimant to complete the forms and mail them directly to the Austrian agency with any additional evidence that may be needed.
If an applicant brings one of the Austrian application forms to the FO, the FO should:
Provide any necessary assistance in completing the form(s).
Photocopy and certify any documents (evidence) the Austrian agency has requested the applicant to include with the Austrian claim.
Return the form(s) and certified photocopies to the applicant and advise him or her to mail them directly to the Austrian 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 Austria.
Reminder: Don’t mail the Austrian application forms to the Office of International Operations (OIO).