PROGRAM OPERATIONS MANUAL SYSTEMPart RS – Retirement and Survivors InsuranceChapter 020 – Coverage Under International AgreementsSubchapter 01 – International AgreementsTransmittal No. 33, 10/01/2019
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
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.
If the worker or employer desires U.S. coverage, they should send the letter by mail or fax to:
If the worker or employer desires Belgian coverage, they should send the letter to:
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.