The INPS logo | Photo:  Filippo Monteforte/ANSA/PAL
The INPS logo | Photo: Filippo Monteforte/ANSA/PAL

Most non-EU citizens in Italy will no longer be blocked from receiving the citizenship wage basic income, the Italian social security and pensions agency INPS announced last week. Many applicants had their requests blocked due to missing documents regarding assets in their home countries.

The procedure for issuing the citizenship wage basic income to families of non-EU citizens who have a right to it is now unblocked, Italian social security and pensions agency INPS announced in a statement on Wednesday. The majority of non-EU citizens who saw their applications blocked due to a lack of documents regarding assets in their home countries will now see their basic income card arrive soon, as well as any arrears owed. 

However, citizens of 19 countries must provide additional documentation, regarding real estate holdings abroad. These 19 countries are: Bhutan, Fiji, Hong Kong, Iceland, Japan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Qatar, Rwanda, San Marino, Saint Lucia, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Tonga. For citizens from all other countries, the applications are unblocked.

23,000 applications blocked 

The INPS unblocked about 23,000 applications that had been suspended. On Wednesday, SMS messages were sent out to notify applicants of the news. 

The 55,000 non-EU citizens who have already received the benefit since March will now have the certainty that they can continue receiving it, if they aren't part of the 19 countries requiring additional documentation. 

Overall, a total of 78,000 non-EU citizens will receive basic income cards out of more than one million people who receive the benefit. 

The law that established the basic income asked for a certification from the competent authorities in the applicant's home country, translated into Italian and authenticated by the competent Italian consular authority, to demonstrate the income and asset requirements for receiving the benefit. 


 

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