Many clients who are seeking our legal services ask this question. Unfortunately, although you can file for Social Security Disability (or SSD) online, Supplemental Security (or SSI) cannot be filed online. In order to file for SSI, you must call the 800 number at 1-800-832-3471 or your local office to schedule a telephone interview with a SSI specialist from the Social Security Administration (SSA). In-person SSI interviews have been restricted since March 2020 because of COVID-19.The reason behind the requirement to file via telephone is because you will be asked several financial issues concerning your current income and assets. Applying requires documentation of your finances. It’s permissible for a friend, family member or other representative to assist someone who has difficulty navigating the filing process because of physical, cognitive or mental health issues.
Although SSI applications can’t be completed online, the SSA does make many resources available via the web. You can research program rules and the supporting documentation the SSA needs in order to find you eligible for benefits. It can be challenging to understand all the program information and requirements, even with the SSI online tools and resources available to you though. A disability attorney can assist with deciphering disability publications and forms, help you gather the necessary evidence to support your claim, and potentially increase your chances of disability approval.