NOTE: In addition to pension, survival and disability benefits, Norwegian social security contributions cover several other programs, including unemployment insurance and work-related accidents and some benefits for ignorant mothers. As a result, workers exempted from Norwegian social security by the agreement do not pay social security contributions for these programmes and generally cannot receive benefits from them. If the agreement frees you from Norwegian coverage, you and your employer can agree to further benefit protection in Serden. The Data Protection Act requires us to inform you that we are entitled to collect this information until Section 233 of the Social Security Act. Although it is not mandatory for you to provide the information to the Social Security Administration (SSA), a coverage certificate can only be issued if an application has been received. The information is necessary to enable the SSA to determine whether, in accordance with an international agreement, the work should only be covered by the U.S. social security system. Without the certificate, work can be taxed in both the United States and foreign social security schemes. This document discusses the strengths of the agreement and how it can help you work and apply for benefits. An agreement that will enter into force on July 1, 1984 between the United States and Norway improves the protection of social security for people who work or have worked in both countries. It helps many people who, in the absence of the agreement, would not be entitled to monthly pension, disability or survival benefits under the social security system of one or both countries. It also helps people who would otherwise have to pay social security contributions to the two countries with the same incomes. Normally, people who are not U.S.
citizens can receive U.S. Social Security benefits when they are outside the U.S., only if they meet certain requirements. However, according to the agreement, you can receive benefits as long as you reside in Norway, regardless of your nationality. If you are not a Norwegian citizen of the United States and you live in another country, you cannot receive benefits. Restrictions on U.S. services are explained in the publication Social Security – Your Payments While You Are Outside The United States (Publication No. 05-10137). To qualify for U.S. or Norwegian benefits as part of the agreement, follow the instructions in the “Benefits Rights” section. In addition, your employer must indicate if you remain a U.S. employee.