The Social Security system can be very confusing to someone who has never dealt with it before. There are many different types of benefits available. It is essential that you ensure you file for the right benefit type. The best way to do that is to check eligibility requirements. If you want to apply for Supplement Security Income in Michigan, make sure that you qualify for these benefits first.
The Social Security Administration explains SSI is for those who have a limited income and a disability. Children and adults may apply for these benefits. SSI is also for anyone over the age of 65 with a low income. The main requirement, therefore, is income level.
You may apply for benefits online if you are age 18 to 65, have never been married, are applying for the first time, are not blind and are a U.S. citizen. If you do not meet these guidelines, then you have to apply at a Social Security office.
Do note that if you are under the age of 65, you must have a qualifying disability. This may require submitting medical documentation of your disability. You will also have to provide information about your finances. This includes any bank accounts and proof of any assets. The financial documentation applies to everyone since financial need is the basis for getting SSI.
As with any type of Social Security benefit, you can always go to a Social Security office to speak with someone there and find out your eligibility for benefits. You may find you do not qualify for SSI but instead qualify for another type of benefit. This information is for education and is not legal advice.