If the basic requirements for a protective writing are met, an SSA-3368 (any version)
may constitute a writing that establishes a protective date of filing for benefits.
See GN 00204.010. and GN 00204.055. for a complete explanation of these requirements.
Likewise, receipt of a standalone i3368 (i3368 started prior to 01/25/2014) may protect
a filing date for the claimant if it meets the requirements explained in GN 00204.010. For standalone i3368s, SSA must determine filing date protection on a case-by-case
basis. Starting 01/25/2014, IUs must complete and submit an iClaim before they gain
access to the i3368. There is no other access point for the i3368. Generally, beginning
on January 25, 2014, the i3368 does not protect a filing date because the IU has already
filed an iClaim. However, it is possible that a separate standalone paper 3368 exists;
the paper 3368 could still protect a filing date separate from the filing date of
the iClaim. In each claim, consider all possible sources of filing date protection
and follow existing procedure to determine the proper filing date.
Since the standalone i3368 no longer exists, potential Title XVI claimants wishing
to access the i3368 must either file an iClaim, or contact SSA by office visit, phone,
or mail, to express their intent to file.
GN 00201.005B.7. mandates a Title II disability application for all adults, unless one of the exceptions
in SI 00601.035B.2. applies. In addition to setting an appointment to file for SSI benefits, encourage
all adults who contact SSA to file for Title XVI disability benefits to file an iClaim