What Will Happen to My SSDI If I Move?
If You Move While Applying for SSDI
If you’re moving in the middle of an application for disability, it won’t affect your claim. This is true whether you’re moving to a new city, county, or even state.
However, for a successful claim, you want them to be able to reach you wherever you are. You should absolutely report your move to the SSA. It’s just a basic change of address.
Once you tell them you’ve moved, they may need to change your case over to another office. This could slow down your case a little because of the bureaucracy, but otherwise it shouldn’t impact you at all.
The biggest issue—and the one people forget in the middle of a stressful move—is to make sure you can still receive mail and other communication.
If You Move After Receiving SSDI
If you’ve already been approved for SSDI, the same rule applies: your claim shouldn’t change, but you need to report the move.
Even if you move in with someone else, your benefits remain the same. SSDI is based on your work and income history, so their living situation won’t affect you.
If you move outside of the US, different rules may apply. Moving to US territories like Guam and Puerto Rico won’t change your status at all. And for most foreign countries, you can still receive benefits for six months.
In very rare cases, there are some restricted countries where you can’t receive SSDI. They’re subject to change depending on the political situation. For example, at the time of publication, those countries include Cuba and North Korea.
What Happens to Your SSDI If You Move to a More Expensive Place?
If you’re receiving SSDI benefits, you should always alert the SSA to major changes in your situation. That includes changes in employment, marital status, and address.
However, with the major exception of employment, most of those changes won’t affect what you make in SSDI benefits. Your benefits don’t go up and down based on the cost of living in whatever city you call home. So whether you live in Millington, TN or the middle of New York City, the check will look the same.
As a result, a lot of people on disability look specifically for low cost-of-living communities. It makes sense on a fixed income to live wherever is most affordable for you.
How Our Memphis SSDI Lawyers Make It Easy
Dealing with the SSA for your disability claim can be a real headache. It might be easy enough to change your address, but the rest can get extremely complicated.
The majority of SSDI claims are actually denied on the first try. If you’ve been denied SSDI, you have a right to appeal. You have 60 days to make your appeals claim or else you have to reapply.
That’s where our attorneys come in. We work with you on your case to make it as strong as possible. We don’t get paid a penny unless you do. And even then, it comes out of previous payments you’re already owed. All future money goes straight to you.
It’s completely free to get started, and time is limited to only 60 days on these appeals. So contact us today. Give us a call at 901-327-2100 or fill out the form below to get started.