PROGRAM OPERATIONS MANUAL SYSTEMPart RS – Retirement and Survivors InsuranceChapter 020 – Coverage Under International AgreementsSubchapter 01 – International AgreementsTransmittal No. 36, 10/03/2019
This is a Quick Action Transmittal (QAT). These revisions do not change or introduce new policy or procedure.
Summary of Changes
RS 02001.135 How a Special Exception is Processed Under the U.S. - German 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
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.-German agreement; and
explain why a special exception should be granted.
Individuals wishing to request an exception granting U.S. coverage should write to the following address:
Individuals wishing to request an exception granting German coverage should write to the address below:
The letter requesting the special exception should:
provide all of the information needed to issue a certificate of coverage (see RS 02001.145); 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.