Identification Number:
GN 01711 TN 4
Intended Audience:
Originating Office:ORDP ODEPPIN
Title:Agreement With Norway
Type:POMS Transmittals
Program:All Programs
Link To Reference:

Part GN – General
Chapter 017 – Totalization Benefits
Subchapter 11 – Agreement With Norway
Transmittal No. 4, 07/08/2021

Originating Component


Effective Date

Upon Receipt


The Office of Data Exchange, Policy Publications, and International Negotiations is now responsible for negotiating and implementing bilateral Social Security agreements. Accordingly, we are revising existing Totalization POMS sections to account for new component names, addresses, and workload processes. We also updated these instructions to meet the Agency's plain language requirements.

Summary of Changes

GN 01711.225 Requests for Status of Applications for Norwegian Benefits

We updated this section to clarify the instructions for handling claims for Norwegian benefits filed with the Social Security Administration, Division of International Operations.

GN 01711.225 Requests for Status of Applications for Norwegian Benefits

A. Automatic status notice for an application for Norwegian benefits

When the Division of International Operations (DIO) forwards claims material (such as information about a Norwegian claim, certified copies of evidence, or a copy of the worker’s U.S. coverage record) to Norway, the Benefit Earnings Technician (BET) electronically stores the claims material in the Paperless Processing Center (PPC) system in DIO before forwarding the claim to the Norwegian agency. The system automatically generates a notice that the BET sends to the applicant. The notice informs the applicant that DIO forwarded the claims material to Norway.

B. Applicant requests status of a Norwegian claim

If an applicant contacts the Social Security Administration (SSA) for the status of his or her claim for Norwegian benefits and states that he or she has not received notification that DIO forwarded a claim to the Norwegian agency, check the PPC system. NOTE: Field offices are able to check the PPC system through the Paperless ROQS (Read Only Query System), accessible via iMain :

1. PPC does not show that DIO forwarded the claim to Norway

If PPC does not show that DIO forwarded the claim to Norway, advise applicant to write directly to DIO at the following address:

Social Security Administration
P.O. Box 17769
Baltimore, Maryland 21235-7769


2. PPC shows that DIO forwarded claim to Norway

If PPC shows DIO forwarded the claim to the Norwegian agency, advise the applicant to contact the Norwegian agency directly. Applicants can find additional contact and other information online at:

NAV National Office for Social Insurance Abroad

NOTE: DIO is unable to determine the status of a Norwegian claim after a technician forwards the claim to Norway. For more information about status requests in Totalization claims see GN 01702.520.


GN 01711 TN 4 - Agreement With Norway - 7/08/2021