TN 5 (08-94)

GN 01705.020 Italian Social Security Benefits

A. Introduction

Although Italy pays many different categories of benefits, the following explanation is limited to old-age, disability and survivor's pensions. These are the only Italian benefits included within the scope of the agreement.

B. Policy

This chart gives the eligibility requirements for Italian old-age, disability and survivor's benefits.

1. Life benefits

 

TYPE OF
BENEFIT
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
  

Old-Age

  • Age 60 for men and 55 for women (Beginning January 1, 1994, retirement age increased to 61 for men and 56 for women and will continue increasing 1 year every 2 years until January 1, 2002 when it reaches 65 for men and 60 for women.)

  • 15 years of contributions (Beginning January 1, 1993 the contribution requirement increased to 16 years and will continue increasing 1 year every 2 years until January 1, 2001 when it reaches 20 years.)

  • Not working (does not apply if person is self-employed)

NOTE: An early retirement benefit is payable at any age with 35 years of coverage.

  

Disability

  • Has not reached retirement age unless only partially disabled and continuing to work

  • 5 years of contributions with at least 3 years in the last 5 years

  • Permanently and totally disabled (partial disability payable with 2/ 3 reduction of working capacity)

  

Spouse

Spouse's supplement paid to retired or disabled worker with a dependent wife or disabled husband.

  

Child

Child's supplement paid to retired or disabled worker with a dependent child who is:

  • under age 18, (or under 22 and attending middle or vocational school, or under 26 and attending a university), or

  • disabled regardless of age.

NOTE: Child's supplement paid up to age 26 only applies to children of self-employed workers.

2. Survivors benefits

The deceased worker must have had at least 5 years of contributions or have been entitled to benefits before his or her death. To qualify, the survivor must have been dependent on the worker. (Dependency is assumed if the survivor was living in the worker's household at the time of death.)

 

TYPE OF
BENEFIT
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
WidowAny age
WidowerDisabled
Divorced Widow(er)No provision.
  

Child

  • Under age 18, (or under 22 and attending middle or vocational school, or under 26 and attending a university), or

  • Disabled before age 18 or the death of the worker.

NOTE: Child's benefit paid up to age 26 only applies to children of self-employed workers.

ParentAge 65 if no surviving spouse or child
Brother/SisterAny age if no surviving spouse, child or parent. Brother or sister must be disabled and unmarried.
Lump SumNo provision.

C. Procedure

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