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Foreign Government Employees


Foreign Governments are not required to provide New York State disability benefits coverage for the individuals working in America for those foreign governments as long as they are performing strictly governmental work for the foreign government and are not engaged in any commercial activity for that foreign government. (e.g. Clerks that are working for the Consulate General of Japan. These individuals are United States citizens that are performing strictly governmental work for Japan and are not engaged in any commercial activity for Japan. Based upon these understandings, the Consulate General of Japan does not require a New York State disability benefits policy.) Please note that any individuals from a foreign government that are working on a commercial venture in New York State (i.e. foreign government-owned airline or bank) must be covered by a New York State disability benefits insurance policy.