Some assistance requests (forms A/USA 2) from the Austrian agencies contain German
language remarks in item 6.7 which read, in part, “...Einleitung des zwischenstaatlinchen verfahrens...”. Translations of these remarks have varied slightly from “Initiation (or institution) of the international agreement is requested.” to “Please institute the bi-lateral claims process.” Although both the German remarks and their English translations may vary somewhat,
they all mean the same thing, i.e. the Austrian agency wants the NH's U.S. earnings
record and, Form SSA-e2960-U3-AU certifying available data. The request may also specify
that other information is required.