TN 16 (11-96)
RS 02001.430 Special Exceptions to the Coverage Rules - U.S. Swedish Agreement
The coverage rules described in RS 02001.415 - RS 02001.425 were intended to cover the great majority of situations where a worker would otherwise
be subject to coverage by both Sweden and the United States. However, it was recognized
that the rules might not cover all situations, or that they might have unintended
results in certain cases. Therefore, a special exception provision was included in
Under the exception provision, an employee, employer or self-employed person may request
an exception to the coverage rules in the agreement. There are no specific criteria
for determining when an exception will be granted. However, both countries must concur
in the granting of the exception. If either country does not concur with a proposed
exception, the worker will be covered in accordance with the applicable coverage rule
of the agreement.
A worker or employer who wishes to apply for an exception should write to the appropriate
agency in the country where the worker wishes to be covered. The letter should give
all the information necessary to issue a certificate of coverage as shown in RS 02001.435 and explain why the exception is desired.
The country that receives the request will evaluate it to determine if it merits approval.
If it concurs with the request for an exception, it will forward the request to the
appropriate agency in the other country for consideration. If the other country also
concurs, a certificate of coverage may then be issued by the country which will provide
If an exception is desired to permit U.S. coverage in situations where the agreement
would ordinarily assign the worker's coverage to Sweden, the request should be sent
to the Division of International Program Policy and Agreements at the address in RS 02001.435.