How long does it take to hear from SSI?

"I applied for SSI about a year ago, have been had the hearing with a Judge who order file copies from Life Management, this was back in june or july. how long does it take to hear from S.S.I., to this day have not heard anything."

Actually if you went through the process of filing for SSI a year ago and you have already been to a hearing, you have had a relatively short wait. I would not think it is unusual for it to have taken this long for a decision as the Life Management file copies had to be requested and obtained prior to the judge making their final decision.

Many individual's wait 2- 3 months for their final hearing decision, even when there was no need for additional medical information. It sometimes takes this long because the judge provides their decision and the basis of the decision, however they generally do not write their own decisions. This task is given to Social Security hearing decision writers. Once the decision writer creates the written decision, it is sent back to the judge for final approval.

If you have an SSI only, or a concurrent claim (SSI and SSDI claim), you will be contacted by your local Social Security office for an end-line interview. This interview is used to determine if you still meet the income and resource limits of the need based SSI disability program.

If you want a status on your disability hearing decision, you should call your local Social Security office or your hearing office.

About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.

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