TN 1 (12-97)
GN 01731.210 Developing Evidence in Claims for Finnish Benefits
The following subsections show the types of evidence that may be used to support claims for Finnish benefits.
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.
The entitlement factors which must be established for Finnish old-age claims are:
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
The entitlement factors which must be established for Finnish disability claims are:
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.