How long does the process take?

There is no way to know exactly how long a case will take. A case may be granted in as short as one month (usually for terminal illnesses) and sometimes a decision takes up to 24 months. There are three main levels where a decision can be made. The initial claim can take up to six months. A decision at the reconsideration level can take another five months. Finally, it can take an additional year to get a decision at the hearing level.