If you do not agree with the decision on your entitlement to benefits under the agreement, contact a U.S. or Korean social security office. The people there can tell you what you need to do to appeal the decision. This document discusses the strengths of the agreement and how it can help you work and apply for benefits. Australia currently has 31 bilateral international social security agreements. Under the agreement, if you work as an employee in the United States, you are generally covered by the United States and you and your employer pay Social Security taxes only in the United States. When you work as an employee in Korea, you are normally covered by Korea, and you and your employer pay social security taxes only to Korea. 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, a coverage certificate can only be issued if an application has been received.
The information is necessary to enable Social Security to determine whether, in accordance with an international agreement, 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. If you work or live in a country that has a social security agreement with Finland, you may be entitled to the benefits of the country in question mentioned in the agreement. Although the agreement between the United States and Korea authorizes the Social Security Administration to count your Korean credits to help you qualify for U.S. pension, disability or survival benefits, the agreement does not cover Medicare benefits. Therefore, we cannot count your credits in Korea to qualify for free Medicare insurance. If you do not wish to claim rights to benefits, but want more information on the agreement, write: The Nordic Agreement on Social Security obliges the Nordic countries to cooperate on vocational rehabilitation issues in cross-border situations.
The Nordic countries have bilateral administrative agreements on the organization of rehabilitation measures and related practices. The agreements facilitate the handling of rehabilitation cases where a person has abused the right to free movement and, therefore, works in one Nordic country and lives in another country. Finland has an agreement with Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Denmark. Agreements generally apply to workers, family members and retirees. A pension in Finland is still paid to countries that have a social security agreement with Finland. The provisions of the agreements apply exclusively to the persons and benefits they expressly cover. If your right to social protection is not determined by an agreement reached by Finland, social security and the right to Kela benefits, which are not covered by the agreement, will be established on the basis of Finnish legislation.