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Finding Regarding Foreign Social Insurance or Pension System of Estonia – InsuranceNewsNet

WASHINGTON, May 14 – The Social Security Administration has issued a notice, published in the Federal Register on May 16, 2022entitled “Finding Regarding Foreign Social Insurance or Pension System of Estonia“.

The notice was issued by Faye I. Lipskyfederal register liaison, office of legislation and congressional affairs.

DATES: We will implement this finding on May 16, 2022.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Icie K. Allen, Office of Income Security Programs, 2500 Robert Ball Building, 6401 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401, (410) 965-8945.

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We find that, under the Alien Nonpayment Provision of the Social Security Act (Act), citizens of Estonia may continue to receive Social Security benefits under title II, after 6 consecutive calendar months of absence from the United States.

This finding is based on information and data we received about the social insurance system of Estonia and its laws.

The Commissioner of Social Security delegated the authority to make this finding to the Deputy Commissioner for Retirement and Disability Policy.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

We are prohibited by law from paying benefits under title II of the Act to non-US citizens who remain outside the United States for more than 6 consecutive calendar months, unless they meet an exception provided in the law. We refer to this portion of the law as the Alien Nonpayment Provision (ANP).[1]

We recently reviewed the Estonian social insurance system to determine if it meets the criteria for an ANP exception. This is a new finding about the social insurance system of Estonia under the ANP. As a result of this finding, citizens of Estonia may continue receiving benefits under title II of the Act after 6 consecutive calendar months outside the United States.

Background

The ANP, section 202

To determine whether the social insurance or pension system meets the criteria for an exception under section 202

Previously, we determined that the social insurance system of Estonia did not meet the exception under section 202

The Estonian government informed us that they passed an amendment, effective January 1, 2018which allowed payment of all benefits outside of Estonia. In April 2018we received a completed SSA-142 Report of Social Insurance or Pension System, submitted by the Ministry of Social Affairs of Estonia. We initiated an analysis to reach the finding we describe here.

Finding

Section 202

(A) Pays periodic benefits, or the actuarial equivalent thereof, on account of old age, retirement, or death; and

(B) permits individuals who are US citizens but not citizens of that country and who qualify for benefits to receive those benefits, or the actuarial equivalent thereof, while outside the foreign country regardless of the duration of the absence.

We find that, beginning January 1, 2018, Estonia met all of the required criteria of section 202

Our finding that the exception under section 202

(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 96.001, Social Security–Disability Insurance; 96.002, Social Security–Retirement Insurance; and 96.004, Social Security–Survivors Insurance)

The Acting Commissioner of Social SecurityKilolo Kijakazi, having reviewed and approved this document, is delegating the authority to electronically sign this document to Faye I. Lipskywho is the primary Federal Register Liaison for SSA, for purposes of publication in the Federal Register .

Faye I. Lipsky,

Federal Register Liaison, Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs, Social Security Administration.

Footnotes

1. Section 202

2. Section 202

3. 58 FR 11612 (Feb. 261993).

[FR Doc. 2022-10440 Filed 5-13-22; 8:45 am]

BILLING CODE 4191-02-P

The document was published in the Federal Register: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2022/05/16/2022-10440/finding-regarding-foreign-social-insurance-or-pension-system-of-estonia

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