DI 71001.070 Border Field Office (FO) and Disability Determination Services (DDS) Process for Reconsideration Requests Canadian Residents File in the United States
A. Border FO reconsideration processing procedures
The Disability Prototype process does not apply to Canadian claims. Do not use the prototype procedures for Canadian reconsideration claims processed in the following prototype states: Alaska, New York, and Michigan. All prototype states will make both the initial and reconsideration determination on reconsideration claims filed by residents of Canada.
1. Medical denials
The border field office (FO) takes reconsideration requests on initial disability determinations residents of Canada file in the United States. If the reconsideration request is on a medical determination, forward the reconsideration request to the DDS.
2. Non-medical denials
If the FO affirms the initial determination, forward the case to the Office of International Operations after adjudication.
If the FO reverses the initial determination, forward the case to the DDS for an initial medical determination, according to the instructions in DI 81010.145.
For additional information on processing reconsideration requests for non-medical or technical denials, see DI 12005.010 Processing a Reconsideration Request for an Initial Non-Medical or Technical Denial.
B. DDS reconsideration processing procedures
The DDS processes reconsideration requests filed by Canadian residents in the U.S. following normal procedures. For further instructions, see DI 27001.001 The Reconsideration Process and DI 81020.025 Processing Electronic Reconsideration Cases.