GN 01734.110 How to Credit Luxembourg Coverage
The Luxembourg coverage certification is used to assign foreign (F) quarters of coverage to the FCER.
All periods of coverage certified by Luxembourg are creditable unless they are already credited as U.S. quarters of coverage.
There is no minimum amount of Luxembourg coverage which must be earned before the U.S. can use it.
Follow these steps for assigning Luxembourg coverage.
Is the claimant filing for disability benefits on this record?
If yes, credit all possible F quarters of coverage to the FCER.
If no, credit only the number of quarters required for insured status.
Determine the maximum possible number of FQCs for each year by converting the days (JRS) or months (MOIS) entries to FQCs.
Divide the number of days in the “JRS” column by 22.5 to determine the number of months of coverage. Consider any remainder as 1 month. Credit a maximum of 12 months for the year.
Divide the number of months in the “MOIS” column (or the number of months converted from days) by three to determine the maximum possible FQCs for the year. Consider any remainder as 1 QC.
Assign FQCs as follows:
Assign FQCs for each year shown on the Luxembourg coverage certification. Start with the first quarter of the year and continue consecutively until all FQCs are credited.
Do not assign an FQC in a calendar quarter where a U.S. QC is already assigned. When a U.S. QC is assigned within a year of Luxembourg coverage, credit FQCs up to that quarter and begin again in the next available quarter for the year.
Is the worker insured for U.S. totalization benefits after assigning Luxembourg coverage?
Is the claim for disability benefits or for survivor benefits which could be paid based on currently insured status?
If yes, recredit coverage following step 3, except assign FQCs starting with the last available calendar quarter of each year and continuing backwards consecutively until all FQCs are assigned and go to step 6.
If no, deny the claim.
Is the worker insured for U.S. totalization benefits after crediting coverage following step 5?