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I applied for Social Security benefits, how long will it take for me to receive them?

People typically apply for their Social Security benefits once they retire, but how long will it take them to receive the first payment?

It’s suggested to be sure all your information you submit is accurate in order to speed up the processing of your application.

Even then, it could take over a month for you to see your first payment.

Related: November saw 0.8% inflation, what does this mean for Social Security and COLA?

Before the pandemic the average processing time was six weeks, which was long to people in need of financial support even then.

It’s incredibly important to be sure information is correct the first time, mistakes can slow the process even more.

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What do you need to make sure applying for Social Security benefits goes smoothly?

The Social Security Administration will need various documents in order to process your application.

They’ll need your birth certificate, Social Security number, W-2 form, and tax returns if you’re self employed.

Related: 3 major Social Security changes happening in January 2022 for retirees and disabled Americans


Citizenship documents are required for anyone who wasn’t born in the United States.

Those collecting Social Security in 2022 will see an increase in benefits compared to 2021, thanks to a COLA increase.

This is to help seniors keep their purchasing power during times of inflation.



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