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How long does it take for Social Security to make a decision about my child’s SSI claim?

May 22, 2018

It can take approximately six months to receive a decision on your childhood SSI initial application and another six months on reconsideration.

If your child’s application is denied on reconsideration, it can take an additional year and a half to obtain a decision as your claim works its way through the appeals process. For disability claims in general, as of early 2017, Social Security has a backlog of one million claims at the hearing level.

While Social Security used to have a focus on paying valid claims at the hearing level sooner, political pressure in recent years has caused the administration to put a magnifying glass on even the most obvious cases.