Updated: Jan 5, 2022
Well, the good news is soon. According to NOSSCR, National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, the Social Security Administration will begin phasing in in-person hearings. In this first phase hearings will be scheduled for critical cases, aged cases, claimants with limited English proficiency, children's SSI claims, homeless claimants, some veterans, non-disability cases, older claimants, and other facing barriers. It is estimated that there are between 2,000-3,000 cases that meet these criteria.
These in-person hearings will start in late January/February 2022. These hearings will be held at the Office of Hearings Operations (OHO) just like before the pandemic. Some of the safety measures in place include face masks, barriers, a limited number of people, and air filtration.
In-person hearings for the non-critical cases will resume in the future but there is currently no timeline.