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VA Claim Status Process Timelines
If you’re wondering “how long does a VA claim take,” this VA claim status process list with timelines is a great place to start.
As of July 2020, the average Fully Developed Claim took 92.8 days to complete and issue the veteran a VA rating decision while the average Standard Claim took 100.6 days.
STEP #1: Claim Received: Normally takes between 7 and 14 days
STEP #2: Under Review: This step typically takes 7 to 21 days
STEP #3: Gathering of Evidence: This step is the longest phase in the VA claim process and usually takes 30-60 days
STEP #4: Review of Evidence: Takes 7 to 14 days on average
STEP #5: Preparation for Decision: This step typically takes 7-14 days to complete
STEP #6: Pending Decision Approval: 7 to 14 days
STEP #7: Preparation for Notification: 7 to 14 days
STEP #8: Decision Notification Sent: The final step in the VA claim process takes 7-10 days
If you submit a Fully Developed Claim (FDC), which we highly recommend at VA Claims Insider, you’ll likely get a VA rating decision in around 90-120 days from start to finish.
And the best news?
The VA is getting faster–a lot faster.
Average VA Disability Claim Processing Time in 2020
As of July 2020, it took the VA an average of 93.6 days to complete a VA claim. There has been a slight slowdown in VA claims processing due to COVID-19.
As of March 2020, it took the VA an average of 79.9 days to complete a VA disability claim from start to finish.
In October 2019, it took the VA an average of 94.3 days to complete disability related compensation claims.
In October 2018, one year earlier, the average VA claim took 141.2 days from start to finish.
This means VA claim adjudicators shaved an average of 46.9 days OFF the total VA claim processing time in one year!
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