TN 1 (11-01)
VB 00205.152 Residence Outside the United States as Part of the Initial Claims Process
A. Policy -- General
Failure to establish residence outside the United States within 4 calendar months of the date of the notice of qualification generally results in the denial of the SVB application.
An individual whose claim is denied because he or she did not establish residence outside the United States within the 4-month period must file a new application and meet all the requirements for qualification and entitlement based on the new application to become entitled to SVB.
NOTE: The 4-month period applies to establishing foreign residence, not to submitting evidence of this to SSA.
See VB 00205.160 for information on the cessation of residence outside the United States.
B. Policy — Extension of 4-Month Period
The 4-month period can be extended for individuals who are in the United States and are appealing either a:
In these cases, the 4-month period begins with whichever of the following occurs first:
the month after the month in which the individual is notified of the effectuation of the decision in the appeals process, or
the month after the month in which the individual’s appeal rights are exhausted.