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Appeal application decision

If you don't agree with a decision we made about your application for benefits, follow the process to request a change.

The process to appeal a decision has four parts, but you may not have to go through all of them. To start, ask us to reconsider a decision we made about your benefits. Continue to move through the process if you disagree with the decisions.

Request reconsideration

This is the first part of the process. If you don't agree with a decision we made about your application for benefits, start by asking us to reconsider it.

Other parts of the process

Hearing with a judge

Request a hearing if you don't agree with our response to your request for reconsideration.

Review of hearing decision

Request a review if you don't agree with the decision made by the judge in your hearing.

Civil suit

File a civil action with the U.S. District Court if you don't agree with the response from the Appeals Council.