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Old 05-12-2014, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Waterville
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Has anyone else used this method of applying for benefits? And if so how long did it take before you got a result when checking the status of your ap?

I applied about 7 days ago - not exactly a huge amount of time, but I have also submitted my retirement papers at my job. I need both the pension and the SS. I would absolutely hate withdrawing my retirement papers. As long as I know that SS is forthcoming I can deal with the wait. Intellectually, I know they can't deny my benefits, but that hasn't allayed my anxiety much.
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Old 05-12-2014, 04:12 PM
 
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Has anyone else used this method of applying for benefits? And if so how long did it take before you got a result when checking the status of your ap?

I applied about 7 days ago - not exactly a huge amount of time, but I have also submitted my retirement papers at my job. I need both the pension and the SS. I would absolutely hate withdrawing my retirement papers. As long as I know that SS is forthcoming I can deal with the wait. Intellectually, I know they can't deny my benefits, but that hasn't allayed my anxiety much.
I did and it took awhile for online to be updated seems like it was within days of my getting written verification which was about two months after I applied and a month before my first check. I got a phone call within a day or two of applying.
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Old 05-12-2014, 04:15 PM
 
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Has anyone else used this method of applying for benefits? And if so how long did it take before you got a result when checking the status of your ap?

I applied about 7 days ago - not exactly a huge amount of time, but I have also submitted my retirement papers at my job. I need both the pension and the SS. I would absolutely hate withdrawing my retirement papers. As long as I know that SS is forthcoming I can deal with the wait. Intellectually, I know they can't deny my benefits, but that hasn't allayed my anxiety much.
Give it a week or two and call your local office for verification the process has started.when they called I was able to up the amount I was having with held.
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Old 05-12-2014, 04:19 PM
 
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I did and it took awhile for online to be updated seems like it was within days of my getting written verification which was about two months after I applied and a month before my first check. I got a phone call within a day or two of applying.
Phone call?

Another forum member sent me a message that SS has 60 days from date of application to post results and/or mail a verification.

I really should have done this sooner. Idjit.
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Old 05-12-2014, 04:50 PM
 
Location: in the miseries
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You can call ss, too.
It can take a month or more.
They are very busy with all the baby boomers retiring.
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Old 05-12-2014, 06:00 PM
 
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Phone call?

Another forum member sent me a message that SS has 60 days from date of application to post results and/or mail a verification.

I really should have done this sooner. Idjit.
Sounds right I got my notification about two months after applying.
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Old 05-12-2014, 06:16 PM
 
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I applied online- also got a phone call the next week. Actual written verification of benefit amount came within a month.
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Old 05-12-2014, 06:20 PM
 
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I applied online- also got a phone call the next week. Actual written verification of benefit amount came within a month.
I applied in December shortly after the government shutdown ended so not sure what role that played. What type of benefit were you applying for? I didn't have to submit any documentation at all including marriage. May have already been on file when my wife applied. She had to talk to them also since I was taking spousal.
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Old 05-12-2014, 06:50 PM
 
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Both wife and I made appointment three months before birthday. Took about 30 minutes and left with all information on date of first check and amount. I got mine on the date and she just got her first today as scheduled.
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Old 05-12-2014, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Waterville
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I did call and held on for almost an hour before I gave up.

I am not entitled to any spousal benefit, just straightforward individual benefit. I passed my 62nd birthday last October - even this short amount of time has increased my benefit from what I would have gotten on my b'day.

What I am hearing from all you folks is that I just gotta wait it out. But I think I will give the local a call in a couple weeks and see how that plays out.

Thanks for all the responses.
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