.03 Quarters of Coverage Adjustment
When the number in the TOTAL QUARTERS QUALIFYING field on QCIN is LESS THAN 40, complete the following:
 
Add the number displayed in the MINIMUM field to the number in the TOTAL QUARTERS QUALIFYING field.
When the result is 40 or more, the noncitizen is qualified.
When the result is less than 40, add the number displayed in the MAXIMUM field.
When the result is still less than 40, add the total number of the following symbols displayed in the QUARTERS OF COVERAGE PATTERN fields:
Z
#
When the result is 40 or more, consider the noncitizen qualified and proceed with the eligibility determination. When otherwise eligible, approve the case pending verification of the undetermined quarters following procedures outlined in 40 Quarters Approval Pending.
When the result is still less than 40, the noncitizen is not qualified. (See Verification of 40 Quarters) Refer the applicant to SSA following the procedures outlined in 40 Quarters Approval Pending.