TN 1 (12-97)

GN 01731.210 Developing Evidence in Claims for Finnish Benefits

A. Introduction

The following subsections show the types of evidence that may be used to support claims for Finnish benefits.

B. Policy

1. General

Under the agreement with Finland, SSA will take applications for both regular and Totalization benefits on behalf of Finland and provide limited assistance in obtaining evidence needed to support the claim.

2. Using U.S. Evidence

Evidence which is used to establish a factor of entitlement for U.S. Social Security benefits may also be used by Finland to establish the same factor for Finnish benefits. Consequently, it is unnecessary for the applicant to submit additional evidence to document a factor of entitlement for Finnish benefits when that factor has already been verified for SSA purposes.

C. Policy - Entitlement factors

The following indicates what factors of entitlement must be established in claims for Finnish benefits.

1. Old-age

The entitlement factors which must be established for Finnish old-age claims are:

  • age of worker

  • citizenship, if NPS benefit claimed

2. Survivors

The entitlement factors which must be established for Finnish survivors claims are:

  • age and death of worker

  • age and marriage of widow(er) and age and relationship of child, if widow(er)'s benefit claimed

  • age and relationship of child, if orphan's benefit claimed

  • citizenship, if NPS benefit claimed

3. Disability

The entitlement factors which must be established for Finnish disability claims are:

  • age of worker

  • degree of disability (medical evidence)

D. Procedure - General

Take the following actions when developing evidence to support claims for Finnish benefits.

1. Accepting Evidence

Accept any evidence the applicant wishes to submit. If the applicant does not want to release an original document, photocopy the evidence and certify the copy.

Caution: Do not hold claims for Finnish benefits for prolonged periods pending receipt of evidence. If an applicant is unable to obtain needed evidence within a reasonable time, transmit the claim to OIO without the evidence. Advise the applicant that the responsible Finnish agency will contact him or her directly to obtain any evidence it needs.

2. Types of Evidence

If the applicant requests guidance on the type of evidence to submit, see:

3. Document the File

Document the file to show when a factor of entitlement for a Finnish benefit has already been verified for a U.S. claim.

a. Concurrent Title II claim

Send a photocopy of the relevant evidence with the Finnish claim to OIO if the concurrent title II claim will be sent to a PSC other than OIO.

b. Prior Title II claim

Include an MBR printout in the claims file sent to OIO to show which factors, other than disability, have been verified in a prior file.

4. Obtain Record of NH's U.S. Coverage

Obtain a record of the NH's U.S. coverage in all claims for Finnish benefits.

When a claimant files for Finnish benefits only, which is a complex MCS exclusion, request an “ST” (Scout E/R) type of action in the AX field on the RSDI NH DATA input screen. Enter TB in the FAC column and FINLA in the AMT column on the Benefit Continuity Factors screen.

E. Procedure - Disability claims

In addition to taking the actions in GN 01731.210D. above, take the following actions when developing medical evidence for Finnish disability claims.

1. Finnish Benefits Only

Accept any medical evidence the applicant wishes to submit. Do not attempt to secure evidence for the claimant or offer advice as to what types of evidence are needed by Finland.

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