GN 01734.005 How OIO Totalization Modules Review and Complete Claims Taken by a Field Office (FO) or by the Claims Development Branch (CDB)
GN 01702.001 - GN 01702.525 explains in general how field offices process claims for benefits under all of the agreements. GN 01733.205 - GN 01733.220 explains the applications and evidence obtained specifically for the agreement with Luxembourg.
Follow these steps for reviewing claims in a totalization module:
|1||Review the file for the required applications and evidence listed in GN 01733.205 - GN 01733.220. See GN 01704.570 for additional instructions for developing and evaluating evidence.|
|2||Check the file for proof of lag earnings if lag wages or lag self-employment are alleged. Remember that proof of lag earnings is required through the quarter of filing or quarter of death. |
If additional proof is needed, request the FO to obtain it.
|3||Check the file for a U.S. totalization earnings record which can be sent to the Luxembourg agency. |
If there is no totalization earnings record in file, request it from OCRO following the instructions in GN 01704.570.
|4||When all the material required above is in file, refer to the guidelines in GN 01734.205 for preparing a claims package for the Luxembourg agency.|