Identification Number:
RS 02001 TN 36
Intended Audience:See Transmittal Sheet
Originating Office:ORDP OISP
Title:International Agreements
Type:POMS Transmittals
Program:Title II (RSI),Title VIII (SVB)
Link To Reference:
 

PROGRAM OPERATIONS MANUAL SYSTEM
Part RS – Retirement and Survivors Insurance
Chapter 020 – Coverage Under International Agreements
Subchapter 01 – International Agreements
Transmittal No. 36, 10/03/2019

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 02001.135 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

RS 02001.135 How a Special Exception is Processed Under the U.S. - German Agreement

A. How to request special exceptions

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:

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

Individuals wishing to request an exception granting German coverage should write to the address below:

GKV-Spitzenverband
Deutsche Verbindungsstelle
Krankenversicherung - Ausland (DVKA)
Pennefeldsweg 12 c
D-53177 Bonn
GERMANY

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.


RS 02001 TN 36 - International Agreements - 10/03/2019