GN 01746.010 How to Develop and Process Applications Filed in the Foreign Service Post (FSP) in Manila
FSP takes claims from individuals in its service area who wish to file for U.S. and/or Japanese benefits under the agreement with Japan and also assists in processing certain types of claims filed with the Japan Pension Service (JPS) and the other Japanese social insurance agencies.
When these claims are being filed by residents of Japan, it is probable that the claim will be initiated by a claims lead sheet completed at a Foreign Service Post in Japan or at a Japanese agency. FSP will then contact the claimant upon receipt of the lead.
When taking claims under the agreement, FSP should follow the same general procedures and obtain the same applications and evidence as SSA field offices.
This procedure describes special development and routing instructions that apply to claims under the agreement filed in FSP.
1. U.S. Claim
a. Retirement , Survivors, and Disability Claims
Complete the appropriate MCS application screens and the TOTALIZATION (TOTL) screen (see MSOM19-J). A signed form J/USA 4 (Claim for Verifying Period of Coverage) must be obtained from the claimant.
NOTE: The J/USA 4 may be printed from the SSA Totalization Forms section of the Totalization Resource Kit. This form is taken instead of the SSA-2490 (Application for Benefits Under a U.S. International Social Security Agreement). See GN 01745.215 for further information.
b. Worker Appears Not to Be Insured Based On U.S. Coverage Alone-Requesting Japanese Coverage Record
Forward a liaison form SSA-2960-J (USA/J-3), accompanied by a copy of the form J/USA 4, to the appropriate Japanese agency to request the Japanese coverage record if it appears that the worker is not insured based on U.S. coverage alone.
NOTE: Form SSA-2960-J may be printed from the SSA Totalization Forms section of the Totalization Resource Kit.
c. Claim to DIO
Forward the claim to DIO and include a copy of the completed liaison form sent to the Japanese agency.
2. Japanese Claim
Any inquiries for Japanese benefits from residents of Japan received in the Foreign Service Posts in Japan will be referred to the appropriate Japanese agency.
If a Japanese agency needs a U.S. coverage record and/or entitlement information to process a claim for Japanese benefits, it will request the information directly from FSP.