How long does it take to receive Social Security benefits?

SOCIAL Security benefits are paid to tens of millions of elderly Americans and people with disabilities each year.

There are three different types of Social Security benefits: retirement, survivorship, and disability.

Application for Social Security Benefits


Application for Social Security Benefits

How long does it take to get Social Security

It usually takes Social Security Administration (SSA) about six weeks to process your application and begin your benefits.

However, this time period can vary for several reasons.

Your possible benefits delayed if you provide incorrect information in your application.

Another reason could be that the SSA needs additional or updated information from you.

Finally, a large number of applications are submitted to SSA on a daily basis, so you may experience longer processing times than usual.

What you will need to apply

When filling out the Social Security application, you’ll need the following to complete it correctly:

  • Birth certificate
  • Proof of US citizenship or legal alien status if you were not born in the US
  • Social Security Number
  • Financial documents, such as W-2 forms and tax returns

If you are applying for disability benefits, you will also need to provide an adult disability report and/or medical proof of your disability.

Medical evidence may include medical records and test results.

If you received Social Security benefits but your payments are late, Here are some steps on how to fix it.

We also explain how Cost of living will affect your Social Security benefits.

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