TN 1 (06-14)
GN 01739.210 Developing Evidence in Claims for Chilean Benefits
This section describes the types of evidence used to support claims for Chilean benefits.
A. Filing applications for Chilean benefits
The Social Security Administration (SSA) will take applications for both regular and totalization benefits on behalf of Chile. We will also provide limited assistance in obtaining evidence needed to support the claim.
B. Using evidence previously submitted for claims for U.S. benefits
Applicants do not need to resubmit the evidence used to establish factors of entitlement for U.S. Social Security benefits. The evidence previously submitted is sufficient for Chile to establish the same factor for Chilean benefits.
C. Establishing entitlement factors for Chilean retirement, survivors, and disability benefits
For all claims, establish the following entitlement factors for all Chilean claims:
worker's date of birth; and
worker's National Identification number, known by the Spanish acronym "RUT" (See GN 01739.215D for a description of the Chilean RUT or National Identification number).
1. Retirement claims
Additional entitlement factors for Chilean retirement claims are:
NOTE: Although Chile does not pay dependents benefits under the new system, Chile considers the family composition to calculate the benefit. The balance of this account must also provide for future survivors benefits.
2. Survivors claims
Additional entitlement factors for Chilean survivor’s claims are:
date of death of the worker;
date of marriage if widow(er)'s benefit claimed;
widower's disability status if widower's benefit claimed;
age and relationship of child if child's benefit claimed;
funeral expenses if funeral grant is claimed; and
proof of support in claims for benefits to the worker's parent, grandparent or the unwed mother of the worker's biological children.
3. Disability claims
The additional entitlement factor for Chilean disability claims is the degree of disability (medical evidence).
D. Developing evidence for Chilean benefits
Take the following actions when developing evidence to support claims for Chilean benefits.
1. Research the types of evidence
If the applicant requests guidance on the type of evidence to submit, see the following:
2. Accepting evidence
The process to accept evidence is as follows:
accept any evidence the applicant submits;
if the applicant does not want to release an original document, photocopy the evidence and certify the copy, see GN 00301.105;
do not hold claims for Chilean benefits for prolonged periods pending receipt of evidence;
if an applicant is unable to obtain the necessary evidence within a reasonable time, transmit the claim without the evidence to the Division of International Operations (DIO) using the following address: Social Security Administration
P.O. Box 17769
Baltimore, Maryland 21235-7769 and;
inform the applicant that the responsible Chilean agency will contact him or her directly to obtain any necessary evidence to make a determination.
3. Documenting the file
Document the Chilean benefit claim file to indicate any factor of entitlement previously verified for the U.S. claim.
Electronically send a certified photocopy of the relevant evidence with the Chilean claim to DIO if sending the concurrent Title II claim to a Program Service Center (PSC) other than DIO.
4. Obtain the number holder's (NH) U.S. earnings record
Obtain the NH’s U.S. earnings record in all claims for Chilean benefits:
Obtain the earnings record of the NH's U.S. coverage in all claims for Chilean benefits;
When the applicant files for both U.S. and Chilean benefits, complete the modernized claims system (MCS) screens. The MCS screens automatically generate a separate earnings record for the Chilean claim;
When a claimant files for Chilean benefits only, (a complex MCS exclusion), request an Informational/Certified earnings record (ICER) per MSOM ICER 001.004.
Obtain proof of lag earnings (unposted paid earnings in the current and preceding year) if U.S. covered work in the lag period is alleged and the applicant is filing for any Chilean benefit.
E. Developing medical evidence under the Agreement
In addition to developing evidence, take the following actions to develop medical evidence for Chilean disability claims, see GN 01713.210D.
1. Chilean benefits only
Accept any medical evidence the applicant submits when the claim is for Chilean benefits only. Do not attempt to secure evidence for the applicant or offer advice as to what types of evidence Chile may need.
Send any medical evidence submitted and the claims file to DIO at the following address: Social Security Administration
P.O. Box 17769
Baltimore, Maryland 21235-7769
Transmit the file without medical evidence, if it is not readily available and advise the applicant that the Chilean agency will contact him or her directly to obtain any evidence they may need.
2. Chilean benefits and concurrent Title II claims
Follow the instructions in GN 01702.400 through GN 01702.415 to process claims for Chilean disability benefits and concurrent Title II disability claims.
MSOM ICERS 001.004 Requesting an Informational/Certified Earnings Record
MSOM MCS 009.011 (TOTL) Screen
GN 00301.105 Certification of Evidence for Totalization claims
RS 01404.005 Lag Period and Lag Earnings
RS 01404.018 Evidence of Lag Earnings
RS 01804.100 Establishing Lag SEI
GN 01749.215 Application for Benefits under the Czech Agreement
GN 01702.400 Developing Medical Evidence in Claims for U.S. Totalization Disability Benefits
GN 01702.405 Associating Evidence From Prior Disability Folders
GN 01702.410 Routing of Claims for U.S. Totalization Disability Benefits
GN 01702.415 Development of Medical Evidence and Routing of Claims for Foreign Disability Benefits