Filing for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) is a challenging process for many, especially those who have never had to file in the past. It’s important that you complete the application correctly the first time, with all of the required information, or you risk having it denied. If your application for benefits is denied, you have the right to appeal the decision within 60 days of receiving the denial notice.
There are four levels of appeals that can be requested when your benefits are denied by the SSA. All denials are submitted in writing via a letter to the person who applied for the benefits. This letter will provide information as to what level of appeal you should request from the SSA. The four appeal levels include the following:
- Reconsideration of your application
- A hearing in front of an administrative law judge
- Appeals Council review
- Review in Federal Court
The first three levels of appeals can be requested online. This remains the same even if you live outside of the United States. The only way to seek review in federal court is by filing a civil lawsuit. The other appeals must have been exhausted or the appeals council must have denied your request to hear your case in order for your case to move to federal court.
Was your application for SSI benefits denied by the SSA? It’s time to prepare an appeal, and you should do so with the help of an experienced attorney in Minnesota. Make sure you review the application thoroughly to find the areas that led to it being denied.