If planning ahead, you may start your online application up to 60 days in advance. To avoid deletion of your draft application: (1) within 14 days of starting the application, provide all information and confirm your claim; then (2) within 14 days of starting your leave, certify and file your claim. Starting an online application prior to your disability period simply helps you get the paperwork in motion before becoming disabled. Because planned surgeries may be cancelled or rescheduled, we do not process applications ahead of time. Note: Starting an application prior to your disability period, can only be done using the online application.