Do you have a pending application for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits? Not sure whether your claim has been approved? Today we’ll discuss the SSI Award letter. That is what you’ll receive if the Social Security Administration (SSA) approves your application for SSI.

Even if you are found medically disabled, you will get a call from your local Social Security office to schedule an interview before receiving the SSI Award Letter. The interview is held with a SSI claims representative.

The purpose of the interview is to determine whether you meet SSI’s non-medical requirements. Because the program is need-based you must prove not only that you are medically disabled but also that you are eligible financially. There are specific income and resource limits that you must meet.

Some of you may have pending claims for both SSI and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Your SSDI benefit will count toward the SSI income limit. In most cases you will receive SSI benefits during the five-month waiting period, but not after that.

We recommend that you contact a Richmond SSD lawyer or Newport News Social Security Disability attorney before your final interview.

You must understand why the claims representative is asking questions regarding your living situation and other sources of income. Too much income or too many resources and you will not receive SSI.

If you are found to meet SSI’s financial requirements, then you will receive the SSI Award Letter. The letter will contain:

  • Your established onset date of disability (i.e., the date your symptoms kept you from performing work)
  • The date you will receive your first monthly SSI check. This is usually one to three months after you receive your SSI Award Letter.

Your award letter will probably not contain information about your SSI back pay. You will receive a second letter that states the amount and when it will be paid.

Have a question about your Social Security claim? Call or e-mail us now for a free consultation. You pay no fee unless you get approved for benefits.