GN 01745.140 Exception to Section 202(t)(1) Alien Nonpayment Provision under the Japanese Agreement
Section 202(t)(1) of the Social Security Act provides that certain non-U.S. citizen beneficiaries will have their benefits suspended once they have been outside the United States for more than 6 months.
As explained in GN 01701.150A.1., certain non-U.S. citizen beneficiaries who would otherwise be subject to suspension under section 202(t)(1) are exempt from suspension if they reside in a country with which the United States has a Totalization agreement. This exemption applies to citizens or residents of Japan who receive regular retirement, survivors or disability insurance benefits as well as those who receive Totalization benefits.
NOTE: See GN 01745.145 for additional U.S. residency requirements for alien dependents and survivors.
If a claimant who does not meet another exception to the alien nonpayment provisions alleges residence in Japan, develop residence status to verify that the exemption provided by the agreement applies.
RS 02610.000, Alien nonpayment provisions
GN 01702.230, Developing residence status
GN 01745.145, Additional U.S. residency requirements for alien dependents and survivors