TN 15 (05-08)

RS 02610.015 Status of Countries for Applying Exceptions Based on Citizenship

A. Introduction

Four exceptions to the alien nonpayment provisions are based on the citizenship of the beneficiary. When a beneficiary can not meet alien exception codes 2, 7, 8 or 9 (RS 02610.013B.) - Coding Priority of Alien Nonpayment Provisions, check the list in (RS 02610.015C.) to see if the following alien exception codes (AEC) are met:

  • AEC 3 – May meet 10 years residence exception

  • AEC 4 – 40 Quarters of Coverage (QC) exception

  • AEC 5 – Meets Treaty exception

  • AEC 6 – Meets Social Insurance exception

See (RS 02610.010) - Exceptions to Alien Nonpayment for a complete explanation of the exceptions and (RS 02610.025) - 5 Year Residency Requirement for Alien Dependents/Survivors Outside the United States (U.S.) for the additional requirements certain dependents and survivors must meet.

NOTE: An alien residing in a Treasury restricted country cannot meet any exception for any month of such residence, An alien is a resident if he/she is present in the restricted country for a significant period of time and makes or intends to make his/her home there. See (RS 02650.001) - Treasury Department Restrictions.

B. Special features for the list of countries

The list in (RS 02610.015C) is checked when an alien cannot meet alien exception codes 2, 7, 8, or 9 discussed in (RS 02610.013B) - Coding Priority of Alien Nonpayment Provisions.

An asterisk (*) shown next to a country indicates the information is based on preliminary findings pending a formal determination. The “Not Eval.” and “Not Det.” entries will have the same effect as a “No” entry. The dash (-) means that citizens of this country who qualify for U.S. Social Security benefits meet a different exception to the alien nonpayment rule. The “List of Countries” chart is subject to change from time to time. The countries listed reflect the alien nonpayment exceptions that are based on the country of citizenship. Therefore, not all countries or locations are included in this chart.

C. List of Countries

Country of Citizenship

Meets Social Insurance Exception

(AEC 6)

Meets Treaty Exception

(AEC 5)

May Meet 10 Years or 40 QC Exceptions

(AEC 3 and 4)

Afghanistan

No

No

Yes

Albania

Yes (eff. 10/93)

No

— (No, prior to 10/93)

Algeria

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

Andorra

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

Angola

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

Anguilla (see United Kingdom)

 

 

 

Antigua and Barbuda

Yes (eff. 11/81)

No

Argentina

Yes (eff. 7/68)

No

Armenia

Not. Eval.

No

Not Det.

Aruba (see Netherlands)

 

 

 

Ascension Island (see United Kingdom)

 

 

 

Australia

No

No

Yes

Austria

Yes

No

Azerbaijan

Not. Eval.

No

Not Det.

Bahamas

Yes (eff. 10/74)

No

Bahrain

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

Bangladesh

No

No

Yes

Barbados

Yes (eff. 7/68)

No

Belarus

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

Belgium

Yes (eff. 7/68)

No

Belize

Yes (eff. 9/81)

No

Benin (for. Dahomey)

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

Bermuda (see United Kingdom)

 

 

 

Bhutan

No

No

Yes

Bolivia

Yes

No

Bosnia-Herzegovina (see Yugoslavia for months prior to 02/95)

Yes (eff. 2/95)

No

 

Botswana

No

No

Yes

Brazil

Yes

No

British Virgin Islands (see United Kingdom)

 

 

 

Brunei

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

Bulgaria

Yes (eff. 01/00)

No

— (No, prior to 01/00)

Burkina Faso

Yes

No

Burma (formerly Myanmar)

No

No

Yes 

Burundi

No

No

Yes

Cambodia

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

Cameroon

No

No

Yes

Canada

Yes (eff. 1/66)

No

Cabo Verde (formerly Cape Verde)

No

No

Yes

Cayman Islands (see United Kingdom)

 

 

 

Central African Rep.

No

No

Yes

Chad

No

No

Yes

Channel Islands (see United Kingdom)

 

 

 

Chile

Yes

No

China, People's Republic of

No

No

Yes (eff. 4/89)

Colombia

Yes (eff. 1/67)

No

Comoros

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

Congo, Democratic Rep. (formerly Zaire)

No (eff. 4/88)

No

No

Congo Rep.

No

No

Yes

Costa Rica

Yes (eff. 5/62)

No

Cote d’Ivoire

Yes

No

Croatia

Yes (eff. 04/92)

No

Cuba

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

Curacao (see Netherlands)

   

Cyprus

Yes (eff. 10/64)

No

Czech Republic

Yes (eff. 1/93)

No

Czechoslovakia (See Czech Republic or
Slovak Republic for months after 12 /92)

Yes (eff. 7/68)

No

Denmark

Yes (eff. 4/64)

No

Djibouti

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

Dominica

Yes (eff. 11/78)

No

Dominican Republic

Yes (eff. 11/84)

No

Ecuador

Yes

No

Egypt

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

El Salvador

Yes (eff. 1/69)

No

Equatorial Guinea

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

Eritrea *

No

No

Yes

Estonia

No

No

No

Ethiopia

No

No

Yes

Falkland Islands (see United Kingdom)

 

 

 

Faroe Islands (see Denmark)

 

 

 

Fiji

No

No

Yes

Finland

Yes (eff. 5/68)

No

France

Yes (eff. 6/68)

No

French Guinea (see France)

 

 

 

French Polynesia (see France)

 

 

 

Gabon

Yes (eff. 6/64)

No

The Gambia

No

No

Yes

Georgia

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

Germany

Yes

Germany, East
  (Before 10/3/90)

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

Ghana

No

No

Yes

Gibraltar (see United Kingdom)

 

 

 

Greece

Yes

Greenland (see Denmark)

 

 

 

Grenada

Yes (eff. 4/83)

No

Guadeloupe (see France)

 

 

 

Guatemala

Yes (eff. 10/78)

No

Guinea

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

Guinea-Bissau

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

Guyana

Yes (eff. 9/69)

No

Haiti

No

No

Yes

Honduras

No

No

Yes

Hong Kong
  (see China, People's Republic of )

 

 

 

Hungary

Yes (eff. 01/96)

No

 

Iceland

Yes (eff. 12/80)

No

India

No

No

Yes

Indonesia

No

No

Yes

Iran

No

No

No

Iraq

No

No

No

Ireland

Yes

Israel

Yes

Italy

Yes

Jamaica

Yes (eff. 7/68)

No

Japan

Yes

Jordan

Yes (eff. 5/80)

No

Kazakhstan

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

Kenya

No

No

Yes

Kiribati

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

Korea, North

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

Korea, South

Yes (eff. 1/88)

No

Kosovo

No (eff. 2/08)

No

No (eff. 2/08)

Kuwait

No

No

No

Kyrgyzstan

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

Laos

No

No

Yes

Latvia (see RS 02650.100B.2. for months before 10/92)

Yes (eff. 10/92)

No

Lebanon

No

No

Yes

Lesotho

No

No

Yes

Liberia

No

No

Yes

Libya

No

No

No

Liechtenstein

Yes (eff. 7/68)

No

Lithuania

Yes (eff. 01/03)

No

No

Luxembourg

Yes

No

Macao (see Portugal)

 

 

 

Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav
Republic of

Yes (eff. 02/94)

No

Madagascar

No

No

Yes

Malawi

No

No

Yes

Malaysia

No

No

Yes

Maldive Islands

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

Mali

No

No

Yes

Malta

Yes (eff. 9/64)

No

Isle of Man (see United Kingdom)

 

 

 

Marshall Islands

Yes

No

Martinique (see France)

 

 

 

Mauritania

No

No

Yes

Mauritius

No

No

Yes

Mayotte (See France)

   

Mexico

Yes (eff. 3/68)

No

Micronesia, Federated States of

Yes

No

Moldova

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

Monaco

Yes

No

Mongolia

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

Montserrat (see United Kingdom)

 

 

 

Morocco

No

No

Yes

Mozambique

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

Namibia

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

Nauru

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

Nepal

No

No

Yes

The Netherlands

Yes (eff. 7/68)

See
RS 2610.010B.

Netherlands Antilles (see Netherlands)

 

 

 

New Caledonia (see France)

 

 

 

New Zealand

No

No

No

Nicaragua

Yes (eff. 5/86)

No

Niger

No

No

No

Nigeria

No

No

Yes

Northern Ireland (see United Kingdom)

 

 

 

Norway

Yes (eff. 6/68)

No

Oman

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

Pakistan

No

No

Yes

Palau

Yes

No

Panama

Yes

No

Papua New Guinea

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

Paraguay

No

No

No

Peru

Yes (eff. 2/69)

No

Philippines

Yes (eff. 6/60)

No

Pitcairn Island (see United Kingdom)

 

 

 

Poland

Yes (eff. 3/57)

No

Portugal

Yes (eff. 5/68)

No

Qatar

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

Reunion (see France)

 

 

 

Romania

Yes (eff. 01/11)

No

Russia

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

Rwanda

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

Ryukyu Islands (see Japan)

 

 

 

St. Kitts and Nevis

Yes (eff. 9/83)

No

St. Lucia

Yes (eff. 8/84)

No

St. Maarten (see Netherlands)

 

 

 

St. Pierre and Miquelon (see France)

 

 

 

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Yes (eff. 12/09)

No

— (Yes, prior to 12/09)

Samoa (formerly Western Samoa)

Yes

No

San Marino

Yes (eff. 1/65)

No

Sao Tome and Principe

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

Saudi Arabia

No

No

No (eff. 3/87)

Serbia and Montenegro (See Yugoslavia, Federal Republic of, for months prior to 02/03)

Yes (eff. 02/03)

No

--

Senegal

No

No

Yes

Seychelles, Rep. of

No

No

No

Sierra Leone

No

No

Yes

Singapore

No

No

Yes

Slovak Republic

Yes (eff. 1/93)

No

Slovenia

Yes (eff. 4/92)

No

Solomon Islands

No

No

Yes

Somalia

No

No

Yes

South Africa, Republic of

No

No

Yes

Spain

Yes (eff. 5/66)

No

Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon)

No

No

Yes

Sudan, South*

No

No

Yes

Suriname

No

No

No

Swaziland

No

No

Yes

Sweden

Yes (eff. 7/66)

No

Switzerland

Yes (eff. 7/68)

No

Syria

No

No

No

Taiwan (formerly Rep. of China)

No

No

Yes

Tajikistan

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

Tanzania

No

No

Yes

Thailand

No

No

Yes

Tibet (see China, People’s Republic of)

 

 

 

Timor-Leste*

No

No

Yes

Togo

No

No

Yes

Tonga

No

No

Yes

Trinidad-Tobago

Yes (eff. 7/75)

No

Tristan de Cunha (see United Kingdom)

 

 

 

Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands

Yes (eff. 7/76)

No

Tunisia

No

No

Yes

Turkey

Yes

No

Turkmenistan

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

Turks and Caicos Island
  (see United Kingdom)

 

 

 

Tuvalu (formerly Ellice Islands)

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

Uganda

No

No

Yes

Ukraine

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

United Arab Emirates

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

United Kingdom

Yes

No

USSR (See Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania for months after 08/91, and Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan for months after 12/91)

No

No

No

Uruguay

Yes (eff. 07/93)

No

— (No, prior to 07/93)

Uzbekistan

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

Vanuatu (formerly New Hebrides)

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

Venezuela

Yes (eff. 1/78)

No

Vietnam

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

Wallis and Futana (see France)

 

 

 

Yemen Arab Republic (See Republic of Yemen for months after 5/92)

No

No

Yes

Yemen, People's Democratic Republic of (See Republic of Yemen for months after 5/92)

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

Yemen, Republic of

No

No

Yes (eff 6/92)

Yugoslavia, Federal Republic of
  (formerly Serbia-Montenegro)

Yes (eff. 4/17/92 - 01/03)

No

Yugoslavia

Yes (ended 1991)

No

Zambia

No

No

No

Zimbabwe

Not Eval.

No

Not Det.

Stateless Persons (see RS 02640.040)

No

No

Yes


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