Identification Number:
RS 02001 TN 33
Intended Audience:See Transmittal Sheet
Originating Office:ORDP ODEPPIN
Title:International Agreements
Type:POMS Transmittals
Program:Title XVI (SSI),Title II (RSI)
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PROGRAM OPERATIONS MANUAL SYSTEM
Part RS – Retirement and Survivors Insurance
Chapter 020 – Coverage Under International Agreements
Subchapter 01 – International Agreements
Transmittal No. 33, 10/01/2019

Audience

PSC: CA, CS, ICDS, IES, ISRA, RECONR, SCPS, TSA, TST;
OCO-OEIO: CR, CTE, FCR, RECONR;
OCO-ODO: CR, CST, CTE, CTE TE;
FO/TSC: CS, CS TII, CSR, CTE, DRT, FR, OA, OS, RR, TA, TSC-CSR;

Originating Component

ODEPPIN

Effective Date

Upon Receipt

Background

This is a Quick Action Transmittal (QAT). These revisions do not change or introduce new policy or procedure.

Summary of Changes

RS 02001.281 Processing Requests for Special Exceptions under the Agreement with Belgium

This edit fixes an incorrect address to which special exception requests should be sent. The correct address is:

SSA, Office of Earnings and International Operations, P.O. Box 17741, Baltimore, MD 21235-7741, USA

RS 02001.281 Processing Requests for Special Exceptions under the Agreement with Belgium

Process for requesting a special exception

A worker or employer who wishes to apply for a special exception writes to the designated agency in the country where the worker wishes to remain covered. The letter should:

  • give all the information necessary to issue a certificate of coverage under the U.S.-Belgium agreement; and

  • explain why a special exception should be granted.

1. U.S. coverage desired

If the worker or employer desires U.S. coverage, they should send the letter by mail or fax to:

Social Security Administration
Office of Earnings and International Operations
P.O. Box 17741
Baltimore, MD 21235-7741
USA

2. Belgian coverage desired

If the worker or employer desires Belgian coverage, they should send the letter to:

Office National de Sécurité Sociale
Direction des Relations Internationales
Place Victor Horta, 11
B-1060 Brussels
BELGIUM

Upon receipt of a request for a special exception, the agency that receives the request will consider it in collaboration with the other country's agency. If both agencies approve the request for a special exception, the agency that receives the request will issue a certificate of coverage. The certificate of coverage will serve as proof of exemption from coverage and taxes in the other country.


RS 02001 TN 33 - International Agreements - 10/01/2019