ALL STATE DATA UPDATED FOR 2020!

Everyone’s experience applying for Social Security Disability benefits will be unique. Part of this is because everyone’s individual medical and work history is different. But, potential applicants should also know that each state – like Virginia – has its own story to tell in terms of social security disability benefit approval rates at each stage of the process, as well as waiting times at the hearing stage.

Why is State-by-State Information Important?

Specialized disability advocates (like us here at Citizens Disability) and Virginia social security disability attorneys know all too well how important it is to understand that every state is different. It’s very helpful to know what the trends are, how long the wait times are from office to office, and what the different rates of approvals are.

Citizens Disability takes a data-driven approach to helping our clients. We want to make sure that we’re giving our clients the best possible advice at every step in the application process. We also work very hard to present the best possible case for each of our clients. Bringing together data from a wide variety of sources – including data like this, which comes from the Social Security Administration – allows us to make smart decisions when we present cases for our clients.

Finally, this information can be very helpful to applicants. Applying for social security benefits is likely a new experience for most applicants, and having an idea of what they can expect from the process can help them be engaged and involved participants with their advocates.

While your own journey may be different than the trends you see here, these tables and charts can help you understand what, on average, you can expect.

You will also find location and contact information for all the offices in Virginia below.

Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits in Virginia – What You Need To Know

There are generally three stages in the application process for Social Security Disability benefits: initial application, reconsideration, and the hearing. In this table, you can see how Virginia compares to the national average (all states in America) when it comes to approval rates at each of those stages.

Initial Application (L1)Reconsideration (L2)Hearing (L3)
Virginia45.5%15.6%49.0%
National Average35.1%12.5%54.3%
State Difference:10.3%3.0%-5.3%

As the table shows, in 2020, Virginia was ahead of the national average at the Initial Application and Reconsideration levels for approval rates. At the Hearing level however, Virginia’s approval rate is lower than the national average by 5.3 percentage points.

Virginia Initial Application Approval Over Time

Initial Application Approval Rate20202019201820172016201520142013201220112010
Virginia45.5%44.0%42.8%41.2%39.5%37.9%38.1%38.2%37.7%34.8%37.6%
National Average39.7%37.9%35.6%34.7%33.7%33.1%32.8%33.0%33.4%33.2%35.1%
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As the table and the below chart show, Virginia has been consistently over the national average approval rates for Initial Applications going back to at least 2010. In 2020, Virginia ranked 13th in the nation in terms of percentage approval of Initial Applications. While approval rates have improved in Virginia over the last few years, they still outperform the national average. If you are thinking of applying for SSDI, don’t worry – there are multiple stages to the application process.
This graph shows the current & historical approval rates for SSDI initial applications in Virginia and compares them to the national averages.

Virginia Reconsideration Approval Over Time

Reconsideration Approval Rate20202019201820172016201520142013201220112010
Virginia15.6%16.4%15.3%15.8%15.1%12.6%15.3%15.3%15.6%12.9%13.4%
National Average14.5%13.6%12.6%13.1%12.8%11.8%11.0%11.4%11.9%11.4%12.5%
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As the table and the below chart indicate, Virginia has been better than the national average when it comes to Approvals at the Reconsideration level. In 2020, Virginia ranked 19th in the nation for highest percentage of approvals at Reconsideration. However, as you can see, in general, the chances of winning approval at Reconsideration are not particularly high. That is why many applicants must continue in the next level, the Hearing.
This graph shows the current & historical approval rates for SSDI reconsideration requests in Virginia and compares them to the national averages.

Virginia Hearings Approval Over Time

Hearing Approval Rate20202019201820172016201520142013201220112010
Virginia49.0%47.6%48.2%49.7%48.6%47.9%49.9%50.5%52.0%56.9%63.6%
National Average54.3%52.9%53.9%56.8%54.7%53.4%53.7%55.5%57.7%62.5%67.2%
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As the table and the below chart indicate, Virginia has remained consistently lower than the national average when it comes to approvals at the Hearing level. In 2020, Virginia ranked 37th in the nation for highest percentage of approvals at Hearings.
This graph shows the current & historical approval rates for SSDI hearings in Virginia and compares them to the national averages.
However, as you’ll see below, all individual hearing offices in Virginia are not the same – each office has its own approval rates, and almost as importantly, waiting times. Which hearing office your case is assigned to in Virginia may have a significant bearing on your chances for approval.

Also worthy of note is the fact that past performance is only one indicator of likely outcomes; as new data comes in, you might see that a state’s performance compared to the national average has either improved or weakened.

Virginia SSDI Hearing Wait Times & Approval By Office

Virginia is part of the Social Security Administration’s “Region 3,” which is headquartered in Philadelphia. There are 6 hearing offices in Virginia. You can see waiting times for hearings & case dispositions for each office below, with comparisons to Virginia and National Averages.

The “Hearing Wait Time (Months)” is, on average, how long it takes in between when an applicant asks for a Hearing and when that hearing occurs.

The “Average Disposition Time (Days)” is, on average, the number of days in between when an applicant asks for a Hearing, and when the Administrative Law Judge who hears their case actually makes a decision on that case.

The “Average Approval Rate” is percentage at which cases are decided in favor of the applicant.

Hearing Wait Time (Months)Average Disposition Time (Days)Average Approval Rate (2020)
National Average11.840454.3%
Virginia Average11.837140.5%
ALEXANDRIA12.741137.6%
CHARLOTTESVILLE9.430544.2%
FALLS CHURCH NHC14.3#N/A42.1%
NORFOLK11.136944.1%
RICHMOND10.134131.5%
ROANOKE13.442749.2%

As the table here and the chart below indicate, in 2020, Virginia as a whole is on par with wait times than the national average. This is due to the fact that one office has significantly longer wait times that bring the average up. Charlottesville, Norfolk and Richmond all have less hearing wait times. The approval ratings throughout all offices are much all lower than the national average. They are anywhere from 10.1% to 22.8% lower than the average.

These waiting times and approval rates only highlight how important it can be to have a qualified representative – such as an Advocate from Citizens Disability – working on your case. The Government Accountability Office has done research that shows that an applicant who has a representative has an up to three times greater chance of being approved than a person who goes it alone.

This graph shows the current approval and wait times for SSDI hearings for Social Security offices in Virginia and compares them to the national averages.

Hearing Offices in Virginia & The SSA Offices They Serve

These are the “Office of Hearing Operations” offices in Virginia. These offices are where hearings are scheduled and generally conducted. Each OHO office supports a number of regional Social Security Administration field offices. You are likely (but not guaranteed) to have your hearing scheduled with a Judge who works in the OHO office that supports the SSA field office nearest to you.

Hearing Office Region 3 Charlottesville SSA, OHO
2nd Floor 1470 Pantops Mountain Place Charlottesville, Virginia 22911
(866) 613-2969 • (434) 295-4515 • (877) 390-2321
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
MARYLAND: Cumberland
VIRGINIA: Charlottesville, Culpeper, Danville, Farmville, Harrisonburg, Lynchburg, Martinsville, South Boston, Staunton
WEST VIRGINIA: Petersburg

Hearing Office Region 3 NCAC Falls Church SSA, OHO
NCAC One Skyline Tower, 12th Floor 5107 Leesburg Pike Falls Church, Virginia 22041
(703) 605-7555 • (703) 605-7156
6:00 am to 6:00 pm
NCACs are not open to the public.

NCAC Region 3 Falls Church SSA, OHO
NHC Suite 1400 4401 Ford Avenue Alexandria, Virginia 22302
(877) 229-3532 • (866) 613-6764 • (877) 311-5288
8:00 am to 4:30 pm
NHCs are not open to the public.

NHC Region 3 Falls Church SSA, OHO
NHC-Central Office One Skyline Tower, Suite 700 5107 Leesburg Pike Falls Church, Virginia 22041
(703) 605-8405 • (703) 605-8492
8:00 am to 4:30 pm
NHCs are not open to the public.

NHC-CO Region 3 Falls Church NHC SO Falls Church Satellite Office of Falls Church NHC SSA, OHO
NHC-SO One Skyline Tower, Suite 105-A 5107 Leesburg Pike Falls Church, Virginia 22041
(877) 311-5288
8:00 am to 4:30 pm
NHCs are not open to the public.

Hearing Office Region 3 Norfolk SSA, OHO
3rd Floor 5850 Lake Herbert Drive Norfolk, Virginia 23502
(866) 931-9167 • (757) 459-6733 • (877) 871-1879
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MARYLAND: Charlotte Hall, Salisbury
VIRGINIA: Accomac, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach

Hearing Office Region 3 Richmond SSA, OHO
4th Floor 801 East Main Street Richmond, Virginia 23219-2406
(877) 405-3665 • (804) 771-2405 • (877) 871-1880
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
VIRGINIA: Chesterfield, Fredericksburg, Petersburg, Richmond (Downtown), Richmond (East)

Hearing Office Region 3 Roanoke SSA, OHO
Second Floor, Suite 200 612 South Jefferson Street Roanoke, Virginia 24011
(866) 592-3548 • (540) 857-2635 • (877) 871-1881
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
VIRGINIA: Bristol, Covington, Roanoke, Wise, Wytheville
WEST VIRGINIA: Bluefield


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List of Social Security Administration Field Offices in Virginia

Office NameLocationAddressCityStatePhone Number
RICHMOND DTN VA1834 WEST CARY STREETRICHMONDVA(800) 772-1213
ROANOKE VASUITE 100612 S JEFFERSON STREETROANOKEVA(800) 772-1213
NORFOLK VAFIRST FLOOR5850 LAKE HERBERT DRNORFOLKVA(800) 772-1213
BRISTOL VA2484 LEE HIGHWAYBRISTOLVA(866) 504-5013
LYNCHBURG VA7618 TIMBERLAKE RDLYNCHBURGVA(866) 964-6142
STAUNTON VAGRNBRIER OFF PK BLDG 21600 N COALTER STSTAUNTONVA(888) 632-6896
PETERSBURG VA100 POPLAR DRIVEPETERSBURGVA(877) 803-6322
DANVILLE VA3295 US HWY 29DANVILLEVA(866) 331-5398
NEWPORT NEWS VA11706 JEFFERSON AVENUENEWPORT NEWSVA(866) 331-9169
ALEXANDRIA VAPLAZA 500 SUITE 1906295 EDSALL ROADALEXANDRIAVA(800) 772-1213
WINCHESTER VA323 HOPE DRIVEWINCHESTERVA(866) 331-2320
COVINGTON VA1010 S CRAIG AVENUECOVINGTONVA(888) 527-9334
CHARLOTTESVILLEDISTRICT OFFICE1470 PANTOPS MTN PLCHARLOTTESVILLEVA(866) 613-3959
WYTHEVILLE VA130 WITHERS LANEWYTHEVILLEVA(888) 632-6893
WISE VA253 RIDGEVIEW ROAD SWWISEVA(800) 772-1213
RICHMOND EAST VA245 E. WILLIAMSBURG RDSANDSTONVA(866) 218-2307
FARMVILLE VA324 COMMERCE ROADFARMVILLEVA(866) 269-4346
PORTSMOUTH VA3305 AIRLINE BLVDPORTSMOUTHVA(866) 593-8851
SUFFOLK VA502 HILLPOINT BLVDSUFFOLKVA(866) 835-7769
SOUTH BOSTON VA2049 HAMILTON BLVDSOUTH BOSTONVA(888) 327-1407
FAIRFAX VASUITE 10511212 WAPLES MILL RDFAIRFAXVA(800) 772-1213
FREDERICKSBURG9915 JEFF DAVIS HWYFREDERICKSBURGVA(800) 772-1213
MANASSAS VA9500 CENTER STREETMANASSASVA(800) 772-1213
MARTINSVILLE VA320 W COMMONWEALTH BLVMARTINSVILLEVA(877) 405-9780
CHESTERFIELDVILLAGE AT WATERFORD13551 WATERFORD PLACEMIDLOTHIANVA(877) 773-7231
CULPEPER VA1014 S MAIN STCULPEPERVA(877) 531-4694
VIRGINIA BEACHSUITE 1002875 SABRE STVIRGINIA BEACHVA(888) 377-5237
ACCOMAC VAACCAWMACKE OFFICE PK22581 CENTER PKWYACCOMACVA(866) 964-1019
HAMPTON VAGROUND FLOOR1521 HARDY CASH DRHAMPTONVA(866) 592-2669
HARRISONBURG VA351 NORTH MASON STREETHARRISONBURGVA(866) 964-1718
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All data on this page is current as of July, 2020.

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Since 2010, Citizens Disability has been America’s premier Social Security Disability institution. Our services include helping people in applying for SSDI benefits, managing the process through Reconsideration, and representing people in person at their Hearing, and if necessary, bringing their case to the Appeals Council. Our mission is to give a voice to the millions of Americans who are disabled and unable to work, helping them receive the Social Security Disability benefits to which they may be entitled. Learn more about us and disability benefits like SSDI & SSI or give us a call (800)492-3260.