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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.

Task context

Task context description

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.

Primary Inline action

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

Inline action list

Hearing with a judge

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

Review of hearing decision

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

Civil suit

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