Accept any evidence the applicant wishes to submit. If the applicant does not want
to release an original document, photocopy the evidence and certify the copy. Each
page of evidence for Polish benefits must be certified and dated.
CAUTION: Do not hold claims for Polish benefits for more than 70 days pending receipt of medical
evidence. If an applicant is unable to obtain needed medical evidence within a reasonable
time, send out a reminder that the information is needed within 70 days. If evidence
is not received after 70 days, transmit the claim to the Office of International Operations
(OIO) without the evidence. Advise the applicant that the responsible Polish agency
will contact him or her directly to obtain any medical evidence it needs.