TN 5 (03-12)

SI 00604.010 Procedure for Type of Claim Section

A. When to complete type of claim section

Complete the type of claim section for each application. At the beginning of the interview, decide whether the type of claim will be "Individual," "Individual with Ineligible Spouse," "Couple," "Child," or "Child with Parent(s)." Mark the appropriate block.

B. Individual block

If the claimant is one of the following, check "Individual"

  • Single; or

  • Married but separated from his or her spouse and "Couple" or “Individual with Ineligible Spouse" is not applicable.

C. Married claimants policy

The status of the claimant and the claimant's spouse as of the first moment of the filing date month helps determine the type of claim in most situations. To determine if a marital relationship exists, see SI 00501.150.

D. Individual with ineligible spouse block

  1. If the spouse is not filing for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), do not complete the spouse's answer ("Your Spouse, if filing") for questions 6, 7-13, 15-16, 18, 19, 58 and 59.

  2. Whether or not the spouse is filing, complete all other questions about the spouse.

  3. Do not have the spouse sign the application.

E. Couple block

1. Claimant's spouse also filing

If the claimant's spouse is also filing for SSI, check the "Couple" block. Both should answer all questions as directed on the form. We have labeled the spouse's answer blocks either "Your Spouse" or "Your Spouse, if filing." If only one member of the couple is present at the interview, follow the guidelines below:

Step

Action

1

Complete the application for the couple.

2

Before the claimant, present at the interview, signs the completed application, photocopy it.

3

Obtain the signature of the claimant present at the interview on the original application.

4

Write or date stamp the receipt date in the upper right-hand corner of the original application.

5

Explain to the claimant that the absent spouse needs to review, correct if necessary, and sign the photocopy of the application.

Provide the appropriate SSI cover notice with the photocopy of the application, per SI 00601.040C.4

6

Explain that the claimant or spouse should return the signed photocopied application to the field office.

2. Claimant separates from a spouse who is also filing for SSI

For eligible couple determinations, see SI 00501.154 and SI 00501.155. Use the procedures in Steps 2-5 in SI 00604.010E.1 (in this section). Develop the living arrangements of the separated spouse in the "Remarks" section of the application or on a SSA-795 (Statement of Claimant or Other Person) and SSA-8006-F4 (Statement of Living Arrangements, In-Kind Support and Maintenance), if necessary.

3. Husband and wife have filing dates in the same month

Couples rules apply as of the first day of the month following the date they file the application if the couple meets specific criteria. (For couple computation rules, see SI 00501.154 Determining When Couple Computation Rules Apply and SI 00501.155 Couple Computation Rules for Applications Filed On or After August 22, 1996.)

4. Spouse is receiving SSI benefits or is in suspense status

Treat the new claimant, if eligible, as an eligible spouse:

  • Check the "Couple" block;

  • Retain a copy of the current SSI query in the file;

  • Explain in the "Remarks" section that the spous