How Do You Check the Status of a Pending SSI Application?

You can check the status of your SSI application by calling the Social Security Administration or visiting your local Social Security office. You cannot check the status of an SSI application online.

SSI benefits are federal financial stipends paid to the aged, disabled or blind to help them meet their basic needs. Candidates must meet the eligibility requirements, which include a very low income and few assets. Applicants must be over the age of 65, disabled or blind. The amount paid is based on the federal benefit rate, and as of 2015 that rate is $733 per month for individuals and $1,100 per month for couples. The amount for which you may qualify depends on how much income you or your family earns.

There is a state supplement in most states, which is added to the federal payment. The states that don't supplement additional payments include Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia. State supplements vary from $10 to $200, and this amount depends on whether you're single or married and if you live in an assisted living facility, nursing home, with others or on your own.

Interested applicants can visit the Social Security Administration's website to see if they qualify for benefits.