NEW SSI Electronic Protective Filing Tool – Individuals who want to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can now use an online tool that was recently released by the Social Security Administration. Applicants and those assisting applicants can use the new tool to request an appointment to apply for SSI benefits. It is a great opportunity for those seeking SSI to establish a protective filing date. Protective filing refers to the date by which SSA receives an individual’s intent to file for SSI payments, which SSA then uses as the application date provided the individual files an application within 60 days. Protective filing dates are important because they are used to determine when an individual can start receiving SSI benefits.
Applicants need to provide only basic information including:
Name, date of birth, and Social Security number of the person interested in SSI
Mailing address, phone number, and email address (optional) for the person interested in SSI
Your name, phone number, and email address (optional) if you are helping someone else
After you complete the online process, a Social Security representative schedules an appointment to help you apply for benefits. They will send the appointment date and time by mail (and email, if provided) within 7-14 business days to the person interested in applying. Applicants can also indicate “Priority life circumstances” – such as homelessness, a terminal illness, or recent release from incarceration. If one of these priority life circumstances is indicated in the application, an SSA employee will attempt to contact the applicant by phone within three business days to either apply for SSI benefits then or to schedule an appointment to apply.
Nassau Suffolk Law Services’ Disability Advocacy Project (DAP) assists disabled persons in appealing the initial denial of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability (SSD) applications. Eligibility for services is usually based on the receipt of Temporary Assistance (cash public assistance) from the Department of Social Services. Suffolk residents can call 631-232-2400. Nassau residents can call 516-292-8100.
All of our offices are now open to the public and accepting walk-ins.