How long does it take to receive a decision?
It usually takes three to six months to receive a decision about your benefits. Your exact time will vary, depending on how long it takes to compile medical records or any other evidence the Social Security Administration needs. If you are denied benefits by the Social Security Administration, you may file an appeal asking for a hearing before a federal Administrative Law Judge. The average wait for a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge is between 12 and 15 months.