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How can Social Security help you complete your application?

1512. How can Social Security help you complete your application?

If you find that you need help completing your application, any Social Security office will provide assistance free of charge. If you cannot go to the Social Security office personally because of poor health, or if there is no Social Security office nearby, call the toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213, or write the nearest Social Security office to:

  1. Get full information and application forms;

  2. Make an appointment for a telephone interview; or

  3. Request that someone from the Social Security office go to your home. (See §110.)

If you need an interpreter to communicate with us, we will provide one upon request, free of charge. SSA has a nationwide contract for telephone interpreter services in more than 150 languages and dialects.

Last Revised: Aug. 2, 2007

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Deceased Parent

June 19, 2012 by Guest

What do you do when you have a situation like this one? My son is in College soon to be 2ndyr. His father died just recently but, the problem is that his dad did not sign his birth certificate nor pay any child support. Does my son have any rights to SS benefits.We went to the funeral pay respect to his dad and laid him to rest. He has been in and out of his life but, was just finally getting it right since 2010. What other proof would we have to submit or is their nothing we can do in this matter...

Survivor benefits for son in college with paternity issues

June 19, 2012 by David Luhman

Please see the following for comments regarding survivor benefits when paternity is in question :

However, in general, children in college do not qualify for survivor benefits, so the paternity issue may be moot.


September 24, 2012 by Guest

My dad is 92, he came to this country at the age of 85. He became a US citizen last month. What benefits is he eligible and how he may get them?

Social Security benefits for elderly with no US work record

September 24, 2012 by David Luhman

I suspect he would not qualify for Social Security retirement benefits as it sounds like he has no US work record.

However, if he has limited income and assets, he may qualify for SSI.


December 10, 2012 by Guest

i was on ssi wen i was like 14 but started getting in trouble n they stopped my income how do i get it back pleae help asap

SSI disability - Medicare

January 23, 2013 by Guest

I am currently on social security disabiltily My child will be 18 in April and has a disability that will require her to file for ssi and medicare. What happens when she turns eighteen to the benefits she receives thru me and how soon can I get Medicare ssi in her name

SSI for disabled child becoming an adult

January 25, 2013 by David Luhman

Youth who initially become eligible for Supplemental Security Income under the definition of disability for children must have their eligibility redetermined upon attaining age 18, using the definition of disability for adults.

If you are eligible as a child during the month before the month you attain age 18, the SSA will redetermine your disability. When they do the disability redetermination, they will use the rules that they use for adults who are filing new applications for SSI benefits.

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