PROGRAM OPERATIONS MANUAL SYSTEMPart RS – Retirement and Survivors InsuranceChapter 020 – Coverage Under International AgreementsSubchapter 01 – International AgreementsTransmittal No. 34, 10/02/2019
This is a Quick Action Transmittal (QAT). These revisions do not change or introduce new policy or procedure.
Summary of Changes
RS 02001.080 How a Special Exception is Processed Under the U.S. - Italian Agreement
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
An employer or self-employed person who wishes to apply for a special exception should write to the agency in the country where the worker wishes coverage at the address given below.
Individuals wishing to request an exception granting U.S. Coverage should write to the following address:
Individuals wishing to request an exception granting Italian coverage should write to the address below:
The letter requesting the special exception should:
provide all of the information needed to issue a certificate (see RS 02001.090C), and
explain the reason for the special exception request.
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.