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What are the Requirements for Social Security Disability and SSI?

To be eligible for social security disability benefits or SSI disability benefits, you must first meet certain non-disability eligibility requirements. These must be met before your disability claim can even move out of the social security office where you file your claim to the disability determination services agency where the claim is assigned to a disability examiner (who will obtain your records and evaluate your claim).

Non-Medical Requirements for SSI, or Supplemental Security Income

For SSI disability, this means two things. First, that you cannot be working and earning more than the current income limit for what the social security administation refers to as substantial gainful activity (this amount is subject to change each year but the current limit can be found here: SGA). Second, it also means that you cannot have more than a certain amount in assets a.k.a. resources. For SSI, the asset-resource limit is two thousand dollars for a single individual and three thousand dollars for a married couple.

SSI is concerned with how much a person has in assets because SSI is a program based on "need". You cannot get SSI disability unless you are disabled, of course, but the first very requirement to even being considered for SSI is that you be in financial need and also that you have not worked enough to be insured for title II benefits, which are otherwise known as social security disability benefits.

Non-Medical Requirements for SSD, or Social Security Disability

Unlike SSI, social security disability does not have an asset limit requirement. This is because SSI is not based on need; rather, it is a benefit that is earned through work activity. By working enough "work quarters", a person gains credits that count toward being insured for title II social security disability benefits. Just like SSI, though, you cannot receive social security disability benefits if you are working and earning at least the current amount for substantial gainful activity. As with SSI, the reasoning is that if you are able to work and earn what social security considers to be a substantial and gainful income, then you are not disabled.

Additional information:

What are the Assets that count for SSI Disability?

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

Who qualifies for disability? - Qualifying is based on evidence of functional limitations
The Social Security Disability Approval Process and the Criteria for Decisions
How does Social Security Disability decide that you cannot work?
How do you Win Benefits under Social Security Disability or SSI?
Medical Disability Requirements for SSD and SSI
The non-medical Disability Requirements for SSD and SSI

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria