Form SSA-561-U2, Request for Reconsideration is a form used for appealing the decision the Social Security Administration (SSA) made regarding a benefit request. This form is used instead of making an appeal online. By using the form - also known as the SSA Form 561 - a claimant can appeal a denial of disability benefits, argue for special veterans benefits or dispute a recalculation of benefits.
The latest version of this form was issued by the SSA in December 2016. An SSA-561 fillable form is available for download and digital filing below. If the claimant is outside of the U.S, they can obtain the form from the nearest U.S. Social Security office, U.S. Embassy or consulate.
The SSA Request for Reconsideration should be filed within 60 days from the date the claimant received a denial notice. The SSA leaves 5 days for mailing and they must receive the form in 65 days after the denial. If the request was sent later than 60 days after the denial, the form will not be accepted and processed.