DI 71005.010 Border Field Office (FO) and Disability Determination Services (DDS) Process for Reconsideration Requests Mexican Residents File in the United States
A. Border FO reconsideration claim procedures
The border FO accepts reconsideration requests on initial disability determinations Mexican residents file in the United States and completes the following steps for medical or non-medical denials.
1. Medical denials
Forward the request directly to the DDS according to normal procedures found in DI 27000.000.
2. Non-medical denials
a. FO affirms initial determination
If the FO affirms the initial determination, transfer the claim to the Office of International Operations after adjudication.
b. RO reverses initial determination
If the FO reverses the initial determination, transfer the claim to the DDS for an initial medical determination, according to the instructions in DI 81010.145.
For additional guidance 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. Procedures for DDS reconsideration claims
Process reconsideration claims filed by residents of Mexico following normal adjudication procedures found in DI 27000.000. Where applicable, the procedures described in DI 71005.005 may also apply at the reconsideration level.
NOTE: Unit 22 of the Texas DDS handles all reconsideration claims filed in Texas by Mexican residents.