TN 3 (05-23)

GN 01731.220 Additional Applications for Finnish Benefits

A. Additional Finnish Application Forms

In addition to the Form SSA-2490-BK (Application for Benefits Under a U.S. International Social Security Agreement), an applicant for Finnish benefits must complete one or more special Finnish application forms. The forms that are completed vary depending on the type of benefit claimed.

  • Applicants submit Form SF/USA 3A to claim National Pension retirement benefits.

  • Applicants submit Form SF/USA 3B to claim National Pension survivor benefits.

  • Applicants submit Form SF/USA 3C to claim earnings-related benefits.

B. Filing additional Finnish special application forms

Social Security Administration (SSA) personnel do not take the special application forms in the Field Offices (FO). After the Finnish agency receives a claim for Finnish benefits filed with SSA, the Finnish agency with jurisdiction will mail the appropriate Finnish application forms to the applicant. The Finnish agency will include instructions asking the claimant to complete the forms and mail them directly to the Finnish agency at the address shown on the application form along with any needed additional evidence.

C. Applicant brings Finnish special application form(s) to the FO

If an applicant brings any special Finnish application form(s) to the FO, the FO should take the following actions:

  • Accept, photocopy, and certify the application document(s); and

  • Photocopy and certify any additional documents (evidence) the agency requested that the applicant include with the claim; and

  • Complete the TOTALIZATION (TOTL) screen (see MSOM MCS 009.011 ); and

  • Request an “Informational/Certified Earnings Record” (ICERS) as described in MS 02101.004 Informational/Certified Earnings Records - Totalization (ICIC); and

  • Process the insured-status in accordance with GN 01702.315; and

  • Return all of the original evidence and certified photocopied documents to the applicant; and

  • Complete the Modernized Development Worksheet (MDW) screen to show the date the FO sent the Finnish claim to the Division of International Operations (DIO), show “Totalization” as the ISSUE; and

  • Send the original Finnish application, certified photocopies, and any additional claims material to the DIO in Baltimore at the following address:

    Social Security Administration
    Division of International Operations
    P.O. Box 17769
    Baltimore, Maryland 21235-7769

    NOTE: If a courier service was used, mail to:

Social Security Administration
Division of International Operations
6100 Wabash Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21215

Once the DIO receives the claim, they will send the claim directly to the Finnish agency along with the provided evidence, along with the worker’s U.S. coverage record. DIO will annotate the MDW to show the type of claim, and the date they forwarded the claim to the Finnish agency.

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