GN 00905.110: Claims and Evidence from the Cape Verde Islands (CVI)
Effective Dates: 04/25/2014 - Present
- TN 7 (03-90)
- GN 00905.110 Claims and Evidence from the Cape Verde Islands (CVI)
- A. Background
- Validations and special studies in the Cape Verde Islands (CVI) have shown significant irregularities in documentary evidence from that area.
- The U.S. Embassy in Praia on the island of Santiago handles Social Security claims and related matters involving residents of the CVI.
- Since the CVI were an overseas territory of Portugal prior to July 5, 1975, the CVI followed Portuguese law for determining relationship questions prior to that date.
- B. Procedure— general
- Examine carefully claims from individuals in the CVI or involving evidence from the CVI.
- Be alert for:
- * Discrepancies;
- * Questionable identity—Many individuals in the CVI have the same or similar names. Thus, it is important to ensure that the evidence submitted refers to the claimant; and
- * Altered documents.
- Reconcile any discrepancies between the evidence submitted and/or the information in file in the name of the claimant, parents' names, spouse's name, place of birth, date of birth, etc.
If the claimant cannot provide a logical explanation of the discrepancy(ies), obtain an explanation from the appropriate Island official through the FSP.
- See GN 00307.400 - GN 00307.401 for detailed information on CVI proofs and relationship problems.
C. Procedure— request for FSP assistance
- Consider the distances involved and the difficulty of travel between the islands when requesting FSP assistance. Do not request a personal contact or a personal examination of source records unless it is necessary.
- Provide a full explanation of the issue/problem involved and what assistance is needed from the FSP.
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