TN 6 (09-93)

RS 02650.102 Resumption of Payments to Beneficiaries in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

A. BACKGROUND

SSA records were reviewed to identify those cases in which no payments were made, or benefits were suspended, because the beneficiary was in Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania. The files were reviewed to identify those in which:

  • The beneficiary was still in Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania;

  • The file contained a complete address; and

  • Entitlement had not been terminated.

B. POLICY

Before payments can be resumed to a beneficiary who is in Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania, the beneficiary must establish:

  • His/her identity in a personal interview with a representative of the U.S. Embassy in that country;

  • No termination or deduction events have occurred since the beneficiary entered Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania (or if later, when he/she became entitled to benefits); and

  • His/her current eligibility to receive benefits.

C. PROCESS

1. Beneficiary Notification

Notices were sent to the beneficiaries identified in RS 02650.102A. advising that payments could now be made to beneficiaries in their country. The beneficiaries were advised to contact the U.S. Embassy in their country for assistance in having their benefits resumed or in determining whether they could now receive any benefits.

EXCEPTION:

  1. Latvian and Lithuanian citizens who do not meet an exception to the alien nonpayment provisions were not sent notices during the initial contacts. Latvian citizens were notified of the possible resumption of benefits when SSA made a determination that the Latvian social insurance system met the requirements of the Social Security law. Lithuanian citizens were notified of the possible resumption of benefits when SSA made a determination that the Lithuanian social insurance system met the requirements of the Social Security Law.

  2. Alien beneficiaries in Latvia and Lithuania whose citizenship was unknown were sent notices asking for information on their citizenship and the dates they left the U.S. Based on their responses, action was/will be taken as explained above.

2. FSP Action

SSA has given the U.S. Embassies in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania lists of the beneficiaries identified as living in those countries. They will take action as explained in RS 02650.102B. when contacted by one of the individuals whose benefits could be resumed.

If an FSP receives information that one of the beneficiaries has died, it will request information about, or evidence showing, the date of death.


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RS 02650.102 - Resumption of Payments to Beneficiaries in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania - 05/20/2005
Batch run: 01/27/2009
Rev:05/20/2005