Dearest editorial staff, we are writing about a case we are particularly concerned of. It is the case of a citizen coming from Costa d’Avorio that has been living in Italy for years on basis of labour. Papers have just expired. This man used to work in a factory but in the last three years his sightseeing started worsing and he’s completely gone blind (there might be a connection between his blindness and his job).
His last labour contract was not renewed and he cannot find any employment because he is blind. He enrolled employment registry.
His wife came to Italy to help him, she is pregnant and her tourism visa is to expire next December. These two have another nine years old child in Africa.
We are facing a symbolic case that tells of a situation that unfortunately is rather frequent but our immigration law does not provide for instructions on the matter.
This man did not have stable residence papers, therefore he does not have the right to the social benefits issued to disable civil citizens. He risks not to have his papers renewed.
Let’s have a deeper look at this case:
The disease this citizen suffers from may be caused by the job he was doing.
What can this man do to safeguard himself and his family?
This man will hardly find a new job because of his health conditions, at the same time if he does not have an income stable papers will not be issued even though he has lived in Italy enough (six years) to have stable papers released.
In addition to this the lack of a job makes his wife’s regularisation impossible, as provided for by Immigration consolidated act art. 30.
The situation is dramatic and we have very few hints to suggest.
First of all, we suggest him to verify if the desease he suffers from could be caused (or worsened) by labour – as it may be. If this is the case, he would have the right to an income, this is to say of an Inail’s pension. This pension would be a legal income that can allow to apply to stable residence papers, as a consequence of which this man’s wife could be regularised.
If this is not possible the only chance he has is to be employed is disable citizens mandatory employment, but chances are very little.
The first suggestion we gave, an Inail pension, holds long bureaucratic times and it may arrive when it’s too late. This man is nowadays unemployed and he therefore could apply to temporary looking for a job residence papers, which last six months.
He therefore needs to rush and promote all medical evaluations needed to obtain an income and have his family situation finally cleared.