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How do I find out the status of my SSI claim?

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Q:

How do I find out the status of my SSI claim?

A:

The normal process involving an application for SSI benefits will test your patience and understanding. In fact, there is common misconception that the court can quickly arrive at a decision after you submit your documents. In reality, the process takes much longer than this. While awaiting the court's decision, checking on the status of your application with these reliable methods can help put your mind at ease.

SSA Website Check Status Link

After you submit your application, you can keep track of its status by using the Check Application Status link on the Social Security Administration's website. When you click on this link, you will be prompted to enter the last four digits of your Social Security number, along with your confirmation number.

Once you input this information, you will then be provided with the latest updates regarding your case. Before you use this link, however, you should read the website's Privacy Act Statement which can be found at the bottom of the web page. This information could help you keep your case details safe and inaccessible to unauthorized parties.

Toll-Free Number to the SSA

Along with providing a website, the Social Security Administration also provides applicants with a toll-free number which can be used to check on the status of their application. You can call this number anytime during the day or night to find out whether or not your application has progressed or if your case will be sent to the court anytime soon.

Because the number is toll-free, you can call it without incurring expenses on your phone bill. This phone number could be a valid resource for checking your application if you do not have access to the Internet at home.

Communications from the Court

Even if you have access to the Internet and have called the number several times to check your case, the court will still send letters to you updating you about the status of your application. When you apply for SSI, you may have to appear in court several times to explain your need for these benefits. The judge will then determine, based on what you tell him or her, if you qualify for this financial assistance or if you could reasonably return to the workforce.

However, you may not find out this information in court, but rather in a letter from the judge or trustee overseeing your case. These letters give you solid documentation of the status of your case and can also let you know if you will be granted another hearing.

When it's Time for Legal Help

Anyone who has filed for SSI on their own or watched someone else go through this long process understands the importance of hiring an attorney who specializes in Social Security law. When you hire an attorney for the filing of your application in court, you can be assured that he or she will remain on top of the case and know its status at all times.

If you are unsure of what is going on, you can always call your attorney for information and guidance. Having an attorney to represent you could shorten the waiting time for your SSI award. It can also reduce the likelihood that you will be denied repeatedly in court.

These common techniques can be used to check the status of your SSI application. You can remain patient, yet expectant, when you utilize these methods while your case is pending in court.

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