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SSDI application how long does it take to file?

SSDI application process

If you are disabled with a condition which is expected to last for at least 12 continuous months and you are no longer able to work you might be considering filing a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) application. If this is the case you also might be wondering how long you will have to wait to get SSDI benefits. Recently on our disability forum we had user ask, “If I decide to file a SSDI application how long will it take to file?”

What do I have to submit to get my SSDI application started?

Completing your SSDI application will only take as long as takes to file all the proper forms. Consider, however, that you will not qualify for SSDI benefits if your condition is not expected to last for at least 12 continuous months or if you are working too much.

What forms do you have to complete to begin your SSDI application?

The good news is most claimants can submit their SSDI application online at They also have a screening tool called BEST to determine if you meet the nonmedical requirements for SSDI. If you do not meet the nonmedical requirements there is no need to apply because your SSDI application will be automatically denied.

When will I hear from the SSA after I submit my SSDI application?

A more difficult question to answer is, “How long will it take the SSA to determine if I am disabled?” The answer will vary based on your condition. Some conditions will be determined automatically disabling and may be approved immediately, which could be as soon as 30 to 90 days.

What if your condition is not automatically disabling?

If your condition does not meet or equal a listing you may have to wait weeks, months or years to be approved; other claimants are never approved. If you are denied you have 60 days to file an appeal, the first of which is called a reconsideration.

The reconsideration process could be another 90 days. If you are denied a second time you will have 60 days to file an appeal and request an administrative hearing. Unfortunately, this is where the waiting really starts. In some parts of the country you may have to wait up to a year to have your SSDI administrative hearing scheduled.

Bottom line

Filing the SSDI application and completing the forms will be the easy part and should not take too long to complete. The real waiting begins after you submit your SSDI application to the SSA for the them to make their disability determination.
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