iAppeals is a Social Security Online Internet Service that allows claimants to electronically
file a reconsideration or hearing request on a Title II (TII), Title XVI (TXVI), or
concurrent TII and TXVI initial disability determination. This section includes general
information about the iAppeals process. For information specific to TXVI, see SI 04005.035.
iAppeals includes the following appeal forms:
i561 (Request for Reconsideration),
i501 (Request for Hearing By Administrative Law Judge), and
i3441 (Disability Report – Appeal).
Note: As of June 16, 2018, the i520, the equivalent of the paper form HA-520 (Request for
Review of Hearing Decision/Order), is available in iAppeals. Claimants may use the
i520 to request Appeals Council review of a disability or non-medical hearing decision.
The following individuals may access iAppeals to file an appeal on behalf of a claimant:
third party (family, friend), and
appointed representative (attorney or non-attorney).
An appointed representative is also a third party. An appointed representative has
the affirmative duty to use iAppeals if he or she expects to receive direct payment
for a particular case. For information about an appointed representative’s affirmative
duty to use iAppeals, see GN 03970.010.
In the following instructions, the term internet user (IU) refers to the claimant,
third party, or appointed representative who uses iAppeals to file an appeal request
for the claimant. To electronically file an appeal request, the IU must complete the
i561 or i501, and i3441 (appeal forms) and submit all of the appeal forms, at one
time, to us. The IU may complete and submit the appeal forms in one session. The IU
may also start the appeal forms in one session and then use his or her iAppeals reentry
number to complete and submit the appeal forms in a later session(s).