TN 6 (04-97)

GN 01705.210 Developing Evidence in Claims for Italian Benefits

A. Introduction

The following subsections show the types of evidence that may be used to support claims for Italian benefits.

B. Policy

1. General

Under the agreement with Italy, SSA will take applications for both regular and totalization benefits on behalf of Italy and provide limited assistance in obtaining evidence needed to support the claim.

2. Using U.S. evidence

Evidence which is used to establish a factor of entitlement for U.S. Social Security benefits may also be used by Italy to establish the same factor for Italian benefits. Consequently, it is unnecessary for the applicant to submit additional evidence to document a factor of entitlement for Italian benefits when that factor has already been verified for SSA purposes.

3. Entitlement factors

The factors of entitlement that must be established in claims for Italian benefits are shown below.

a. Old-Age

The following factors of entitlement must be established in claims for Italian old-age benefits:

  • age of worker

  • marriage, if spouse's supplement claimed

  • age and relationship of child, if child's supplement claimed

  • school attendance or disability of child, if child's supplement claimed and child is over age 18

b. Survivors

The following factors of entitlement must be established in claims for Italian survivors benefits:

  • death of worker

  • marriage to worker, if widow's benefit claimed

  • marriage to worker and disability of widower, if widower's benefit claimed

  • age and relationship of child, if child's benefit claimed

  • school attendance or disability of child, if child's benefit claimed and child is over age 18

  • age and relationship of parent(s), if parent's benefit claimed

  • disability and relationship of brother/sister, if brother/sister benefits claimed

c. Disability

The following factors of entitlement must be established in claims for Italian disability benefits:

  • degree of disability (medical evidence)

  • marriage, if spouse's supplement claimed

  • age and relationship of child, if child's supplement claimed

  • school attendance or disability of child, if child's supplement claimed and child is over age 18

C. Procedure - general

Take the following actions when developing evidence to support claims for Italian benefits.

1. Accepting evidence

Accept any evidence the applicant wishes to submit. If the applicant does not want to release an original document, photocopy the evidence and certify the copy.

CAUTION: Do not hold claims for Italian benefits for prolonged periods pending receipt of evidence. If an applicant is unable to obtain needed evidence within a reasonable time, transmit the claim to OIO without the evidence. Advise the applicant that the responsible Italian agency will contact him or her to obtain any evidence it needs.

2. Types of evidence

If the applicant requests guidance on the type of evidence to submit, see:

  • Proof of age in GN 00302.000

  • Proof of death in GN 00304.000

  • Proof of marriage in GN 00305.000

  • Proof of parent/child relationship in GN 00306.000

  • Proof of school attendance in RS 00205.350B.1. or have the applicant submit a statement from the school registrar certifying school attendance, the date of enrollment and, if a college or university, the degree being pursued and the duration of the program leading to the degree.

3. Document the file

Document the file to show when a factor of entitlement for an Italian benefit has already been verified for a U.S. claim.

a. Concurrent Title II claim

Send a photocopy of the relevant evidence with the Italian claim to OIO if the concurrent title II claim will be sent to a PSC other than OIO.

b. Prior Title II claim

Include an MBR printout in the claims file sent to OIO to show which factors, other than disability, have been verified in a prior file.