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GoneOffShore

(17,397 posts)
Sun Jan 16, 2022, 03:11 AM Jan 2022

Has anyone applied for Soc Security recently? Mrs GoS applied 3 months before her 62nd UPDATE!

Last edited Mon Jan 24, 2022, 08:47 AM - Edit history (1)


Update

Received an email yesterday to check the SocSec website because there was an update on status. Did that and what do we find!
Huzzah!

We have processed 3 of 3 steps of your application.
We made a decision to approve your application on January 20, 2022.


Benefits & Payments
You are receiving:
Social Security (Retirement)
Your next payment is:
on February 3, 2022




Did the application on-line because we're in France. She hasn't started receiving benefits yet.
Called the Federal Benefits office at the Embassy, which now refers everyone to Baltimore. The office there says that her application is still being reviewed (possible code for: at the bottom of a deep pile of applications), and they will call and if they don't call back.

I'm trying to get a handle on whether it's just people living abroad who are experiencing delays in receiving benefits or anyone.

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Has anyone applied for Soc Security recently? Mrs GoS applied 3 months before her 62nd UPDATE! (Original Post) GoneOffShore Jan 2022 OP
They are very slow! SheltieLover Jan 2022 #1
Six or seven times? That's crazy. GoneOffShore Jan 2022 #4
Yes it is both crazy & scary! SheltieLover Jan 2022 #6
This isn't Medicare/Medicaid Sucha NastyWoman Jan 2022 #8
So sorry for misunderstanding SheltieLover Jan 2022 #9
The delays are part of the process. love_katz Jan 2022 #2
Just got notice that the payments start next month! Huzzah! GoneOffShore Jan 2022 #10
Excellent. love_katz Jan 2022 #12
My brother's claim NJCher Jan 2022 #3
We had no problems with the website. The status of 'Under Review' has been up for months though. GoneOffShore Jan 2022 #5
My friend was widowed in early May 2021 mnhtnbb Jan 2022 #7
Looks like benefits start in Feb for Mrs GoS! GoneOffShore Jan 2022 #11
I applied a few days ago. bikebloke Jan 2022 #13
We both would have waited though we wouldn't be in the place where we are now if we had. GoneOffShore Jan 2022 #14

SheltieLover

(57,073 posts)
1. They are very slow!
Sun Jan 16, 2022, 03:18 AM
Jan 2022

Not sure how it works for those overseas, but I helped a person with their application in TN recently. Advocate told me to have to appeal 6-7 times!

I hope her case is approved quickly.

GoneOffShore

(17,397 posts)
4. Six or seven times? That's crazy.
Sun Jan 16, 2022, 03:51 AM
Jan 2022

Mrs GoS's application is straightforward. No disability, proper work history, correct ID. US citizen by birth and only been in France since 2018. Stopped working in 2019.

SheltieLover

(57,073 posts)
6. Yes it is both crazy & scary!
Sun Jan 16, 2022, 05:08 AM
Jan 2022

But TN is a disgustingly red state.

I hope her claim is processed & approved quickly.

Not sure how it would work overseas, but often in the States, the applicant is required to go to a sketchy dr. for evaluation. 🙄

It is insurance & their primary goal is to not pay, so they drag people through paperwork hell all too often.

Did she have to apply in the state she lived & worked in?

SheltieLover

(57,073 posts)
9. So sorry for misunderstanding
Sun Jan 16, 2022, 10:15 AM
Jan 2022


I know at one point, tfg had placed a freeze on hiring or replacing SSA staff. Not sure if that has changed.

love_katz

(2,647 posts)
2. The delays are part of the process.
Sun Jan 16, 2022, 03:22 AM
Jan 2022

It takes a good three months for claims to be processed. I went through it last year, and that is about how long it took. I wish you the best of good luck in successful processing of your claim for benefits.

GoneOffShore

(17,397 posts)
5. We had no problems with the website. The status of 'Under Review' has been up for months though.
Sun Jan 16, 2022, 03:53 AM
Jan 2022

Perhaps because she's asking for the benefit to be paid into a French bank account?

mnhtnbb

(31,606 posts)
7. My friend was widowed in early May 2021
Sun Jan 16, 2022, 06:41 AM
Jan 2022

and she finally received her first direct deposit this month--9 months later--reflecting the change in her SS benefits. She went round and round with them.

When I was widowed in 2018, the change in my benefits hit my direct deposit before 3 months were up and one month of that time was waiting for my then required in person appointment at the SS office.

There could be three things affecting the review process: decrease in staff from previous Administration; closed offices because of the pandemic; backlog of cases due to the increase in case load from the higher death rate of SS recipients due to Covid.

bikebloke

(5,260 posts)
13. I applied a few days ago.
Mon Jan 24, 2022, 12:30 PM
Jan 2022

Waited until I was eligible for the full amount. We'll see what happens. Though I'm still looking for work.

GoneOffShore

(17,397 posts)
14. We both would have waited though we wouldn't be in the place where we are now if we had.
Mon Jan 24, 2022, 04:26 PM
Jan 2022

And I'm 12 years older.
We were stepping away from our business and needed the money when I started collecting benefits.

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