TN 3 (10-22)

GN 01747.120 U.S. Totalization Benefits under the Danish Agreement

A. General

Under the agreement, if a number holder (NH) has at least six U.S. quarters of coverage (QCs) but not enough to be insured for regular U.S. benefits, the NH's credits under the Danish Social Security system can be added to NH's U.S. coverage to permit the NH (or any dependents or survivors) to qualify for U.S. Totalization benefits.

B. Crediting Danish contributory coverage

SSA will credit one U.S. QCs for every three months or remaining fraction of Danish coverage in a calendar year. (Danish coverage is measured in months.) However, no credit will be given for:

  • any month in a calendar quarter that is already credited as a U.S. QC, or

  • more than four QCs for any calendar year.

C. Computing benefits

When U.S. insured status is established based on combined U.S. and Danish coverage, the amount of the U.S. Totalization benefit will be determined using the computation method described in GN 01701.200.

D. Adjudication responsibility

1. Field office (FO) responsibilities

FOs are responsible for processing an initial insured status denial (see GN 01702.315) when the worker has at least six QCs but is not insured based on U.S. coverage alone. This denial will produce a notice advising the applicant that insured status is not met based on U.S. coverage alone and that the foreign coverage record is being requested.

2. Division of International Operations (DIO) responsibilities

DIO will request the Danish coverage record. When the record is received, DIO will convert the Danish coverage to QCs and finally adjudicate the claim.

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