TN 20 (01-12)
RS 02001.281 Processing Requests for Special Exceptions under the Agreement with Belgium
Process for requesting a special exception
A worker or employer who wishes to apply for a special exception must write to the agency in the country where they desire coverage.
1. U.S. coverage desired
If the worker or employer desires U.S. coverage, they should send the letter by mail or fax to:Social Security Administration
Office of International Programs
P.O. Box 17741
Baltimore, Maryland 21235-7741
2. Belgian coverage desired
If the worker or employer desires Belgian coverage, they should send the letter to:Office National de Sécurité Sociale
Direction des Relations Internationales
Place Victor Horta, 11
3. Contents of letter
The letter requesting the exception should provide:
an explanation of why the agency should grant an exception, and
all of the information needed for the agency to issue a certificate of coverage.
The agency receiving the request coordinates with the other agency to determine if a request warrants an exception. If both agencies agree to grant the exception, the agency of the country that will cover the worker issues a certificate of coverage to serve as proof of exemption from coverage and taxes in the other country.