Do you or your family member qualify for SSI (Supplemental Security Income)? Getting SSI depends on a person’s age, disability and financial resources. (Learn more about who qualifies).
If you think you or child qualify, this is generally how the process goes:
1. You will submit an SSI application to your local Social Security office.
The application has two parts – the first is an online form, and the second is an interview that you must do in person or on the phone.
Here are some tips for the interview.
2. The Social Security Office will check non-medical eligibility.
They may ask questions about your family member’s age, employment, marital status, citizenship, income, resources and housing.
3. Your case gets sent to a Disability Determination Services office.
They will look at medical records to see if your family member meets the guidelines.
4. The Disability Determination office makes a decision about your case.
If they decide that your family member is disabled, they will tell the Social Security office, who will tell you.
We go through this process in detail in our free SSI Guide. We can help you see if you’re likely to qualify, and we’ll link you directly to the forms you need.