Help With Federal Agencies - Casework
Congressman Petri may be able to help in a variety of areas including:
He cannot order an agency to make a decision in your favor, nor can he move your case ahead of others which were filed earlier than yours, but he can make sure your case gets a fair review by its officials. His staff can also refer you to the correct office or agency if you are unsure where to obtain the assistance or information you are seeking.
You must be a resident of the 6th congressional district in order for Rep. Petri to make inquiries on your behalf. If you are not a resident of the 6th district, please find your Congressional Representative here.
Please remember that Rep. Petri, due to separation of powers, cannot offer assistance on state and/or judicial issues. Matters such as divorce, child custody, civil lawsuits, and criminal lawsuits are strictly judicial in nature. Similarly, drivers licenses, property taxes, among other similar issues are strictly state matters.
If you are having difficulty with a state matter, you can find your state legislators here.
How to Request Assistance
If you need help, contact any of his offices. However, please note that in most cases it will be necessary to have your request in writing (to ensure his ability to obtain information about your case from the agency involved).
If you are contacting the Congressman regarding a federal tax matter, please print, complete, and return this Tax Authorization Form.
The Social Security Administration makes payments to retirees, the disabled, and certain other groups. To learn more about Social Security retirement benefits, please visit the Social Security Administration's website.
The most frequent request Congressman Petri receives is for help with Social Security Disability. In order to see if you might qualify for Social Security Disability payments, please take this quiz.
Please note that Congressman Petri cannot order the Social Security Administration to make a decision in your favor, nor can he move your case ahead of others which were filed earlier than yours, but he can make sure your case gets a fair review by Social Security officials. If your case is denied twice, it can often take up to two years to obtain a hearing by an Administrative Law Judge.
Many other common questions can be answered by the Social Security Administration's Frequently Asked Questions.
Medicare and Medicaid
If you are having difficulties with Medicare or Medicaid, please contact Congressman Petri's staff. Oftentimes they can be helpful in resolving billing problems and other difficulties. Additionally, the links below contain a wealth of useful information.
Congressman Petri can help you with difficulties you may be having with Veterans Administration benefits. Please contact a member of his staff for further assistance.
While Congressman Petri cannot intervene directly on your behalf with the IRS, he can help you by working with the Taxpayer Advocate's Service. The Taxpayer Advocate is an independent organization within the IRS which helps taxpayers resolve problems and recommends changes that will prevent the problem in the future. The service is free, and many constituents have experienced positive outcomes when dealing with the Taxpayer Advocate's Service.
If you would like help regarding tax matters, please print and complete this Tax Authorization Form and send it, along with any relevant documentation as well as a letter explaining your problem, to one of the Congressman's offices.
Passport / Visa Issues
Congressman Petri can assist you, to a limited degree, with questions you may have regarding immigration to the United States. There are two general categories of visas, immigrant and non-immigrant. The most common problem the Congressman is contacted about regarding immigration is the denial of a non-immigrant visitors visa for friends or family of constituents.
For further information regarding the denial of a non-immigrant visa, please visit the U.S. Citizen & Immigration Services Frequently Asked Questions.
For information regarding immigrant visas, please see U.S. Citizen & Immigration Services site.
If you are having difficulty with a business, there are a number of steps you can take. If may file a complaint at the Federal Trade Commission site. While the FTC will not investigate or resolve your specific complaint, filling this form may help them spot a pattern of illegal behavior.
If you have a complaint which requires specific action to resolve, information can be found on the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Consumer Protection page.
Lastly, more questions can be answered at the Federal Consumer Information Center site.
Identity theft is a serious and growing problem in Wisconsin. The Federal Trade Commission investigates identity theft and can help you repair your damaged credit. Visit the Federal Trade Commission indentity theft website for more information.