Since U.S. trade and commercial interests have spread around the world, the list of major trading partners increasingly includes countries that do not have a system that meets all of the U.S. legal requirements. This can penalize U.S. companies, workers, and potential Social Security recipients abroad who could benefit from such agreements. If you apply for a pension in one country and have accumulated periods of insurance in several Member States or Contracting States, this application is also considered to be a corresponding pension application in the other country. In other words, you only have one application to make. The insurance agency to which you submit the application informs the other foreign insurance agencies and initiates the pension procedure. Agreements to coordinate social security across national borders have been commonplace in Western Europe for decades.
Below is a list of agreements entered into by the United States and the date of entry into force of each agreement. Some of these agreements were subsequently revised; the date indicated is the date of entry into force of the original agreement. While social security obligations can be one of the most important contributions employers pay when they decide to send an employee to a foreign policy, social security can also be one of the most overlooked aspects of the pay package. The main social security issues that concern both the employer and the worker travelling abroad are as follows: as a precautionary measure, it should be noted that the derogation is relatively rare and is invoked only in imperative cases. The intention is not to give workers or employers the freedom to routinely choose coverage contrary to the normal rules of the agreement. If you have been employed in more than one Member State or Contracting State, you will receive an individual pension from each country where you have accumulated periods of insurance, provided that the legal conditions are met, the `smallest pension` rule being exceptional. To date, the United States has entered into tabled agreements with 28 countries; 3 amendments have been signed, but are not yet in force. A list of all tabination agreements can be found in Appendix C. You will find the contact persons for insured persons and pensioners in foreign liaison offices in our list of links from pension insurance bodies in other member and contracting countries: international social security conventions are beneficial both for people who are currently working and for those whose professional careers have ended. For current workers, the agreements remove double contributions that they might otherwise make to the social security plans of the United States and another country. For people who have worked both in the U.S.
and abroad and are now retired, disabled, or dead, agreements often result in the payment of benefits that the worker or their family members would not otherwise be entitled to. . . .