How to Wait for an Answer (Short Form CDR)


Most Short Form CDRs are approved in the end. The best way to wait is to relax and take care of yourself. Many people get super stressed while waiting. Here’s what you can expect:

How to Complete the Form

If you have not sent back your Short Form CDR yet, read: How to Complete the Short Form CDR

How Long for a Decision

If everything goes perfectly, and the computer just immediately approves you… it’s still going to take about three months. If you included remarks or attachments it’s going to take about six months. Be patient.

Don’t worry if it is taking a while, it doesn’t mean anything. If a lot of time passes, you can call and ask for an update (one time they approved me and never sent me a letter telling me).

Remember, you are not just waiting to find out if they are going to send you a long form. They cannot cut anyone off based on the short form.

How Do I Know if I am Approved

If your review is approved, they will send you a bewildering letter that says: “We sent you a letter telling you we were going to review your case, however we do not need to review your case at this time.”

This means: “You are approved, but we don’t know how to write in clear English.”

The Evil 5% Rule

90% your short forms are easily approved

5% are selected for more review

5% of the time, even if you did everything perfectly, your file will be randomly selected and they will send you a long form review to fill out. Don’t worry if this happens to you randomly. It does not mean anything about your case.

Be Prepared

You may not be sent a long form review, but there is a chance you will be. Here are the steps you can take to be prepared for a continuing disability review.

Social Security likes to see that you are going to the doctor for the condition you were approved for. So, for example, if you got approved for bipolar, they generally don’t care if you go to the doctor for back problems. If the condition you were approved for improved, then they might consider other conditions.

Shooting Trouble

If you have been working or in school or not seeing the doctor or have other issues with your short form, please read: How to Troubleshoot the Short Form

If You Are Not Approved

Remember, you can NOT be denied from a short form. You can only get approved, or get sent a long form.

After completing the long form, then you will get a final answer. If you are not approved after your long form, make sure to appeal. Always always always appeal and keep appealing. Most appeals are approved and most people who are cut off are people who give up and stop appealing. You can appeal several times.

Never ever give up and please do not start a new application. This is a huge mistake. Your chances are much better if you keep appealing. You can continue to collect your benefits while you are appealing. You will be sent a form called “Benefit Continuation”. Return this form within ten days and you will continue to get your benefits. Most people hand deliver the form to their local office and get a stamped receipt.


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