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A general misunderstanding about the U.S. agreements is that they allow doubly covered workers or their employers to choose the system to which they will contribute. This is not the case. In addition, the agreements do not alter the basic rules for covering the social security legislation of the participating countries, such as. B those that define covered income or covered work. They exempt workers from coverage under the scheme of either country only if, otherwise, their work was covered by both schemes.