POMS Reference

GN 00905: Techniques Concerning SSA Foreign Operations

TN 8 (07-93)

A. Background

There is no bar to sending checks to individuals in the PRC. The PRC servicing FBU in Manila has special procedures for the development of claims and verification of evidence.

Before July 1991, SSA did not have sufficient information to make a decision on the social insurance system of the PRC. As a result, the application of the alien nonpayment provisions to PRC citizens caused confusion and was often the subject of inquiries from, or on behalf of, individuals in the PRC.

In July 1991, SSA determined that effective April 1989, citizens of the PRC can receive benefits outside the United States if they meet certain exceptions to the alien nonpayment provisions, as explained in RS 02610.015.

Notice of this decision was sent to those PRC beneficiaries in suspense who it appeared could meet an exception to the alien nonpayment provisions.

B. Procedure

1. FO

Refer claims inquiries and applications for benefits from, or on behalf of, persons in the PRC to DIO. Include, if available, the individual's PRC address in Chinese characters. If it is not available, so advise DIO.

NOTE: Correspondence to the PRC cannot be delivered without a Chinese-character address.

2. DIO

Refer the inquiry to the FBU in Manila for PRC together with the Chinese-character address, if available.

3. Alien nonpayment inquiries

Refer inquiries about the resumption of benefits to PRC citizens to the Office of International Policy (OIP), Office of Foreign Programs Policy (OFPP) if the:

  1. Award was processed prior to July 1991; and

  2. Beneficiary was in suspense status.