Welfare Benefit Management Service

Minimum Guaranteed Income

 

The Welfare Benefit Management Service includes the Minimum Guaranteed Income.

 

Who is eligible to apply for GMI?

 

The Minimum Guaranteed Income (GMI) may be granted to Cypriot and European citizens who have the immediately preceding period prior to their application, have completed a legal and continuous stay in Cyprus for at least five (5) years and continue to have a legal and continuous stay in Cyprus country. It may also be granted to third-country nationals who have a long-term residence in Cyprus (in accordance with the regulations and provisions of the applicable law) or have a refugee status (in accordance with the regulations and provisions of the current legislation and excluding asylum seekers) victims of trafficking or exploitation of persons (in accordance with the regulations and provisions of the applicable legislation).

 

Absence from Cyprus is considered temporary in cases where:

  • It does not exceed one (1) month each year
  • It is done for health reasons (eg treatment) after the necessary certificates have been presented
  • The applicant was staying abroad for higher education and higher education and his legal and regular residence prior to the study period was in Cyprus for a period of more than five (5) years

The applicant must be either:

  • over 28 years of age
  • married to any age
  • single parent of any age
  • an orphan of any age
  • a disabled person of any age
  • an adult person who was under the care of the Director of Social Welfare Services before his 18th birthday

People who can not apply if they meet the above are:

  • Monks in a monastery
  • National guards
  • Students (unless they were under the care of the Director of Social Welfare Services at the age of 18, are disabled, orphaned)
  • Voluntary Unemployed People

Persons with a work-related capacity must comply with their obligations under the the Minimum Guaranteed Income legislation, ie:

  • be active in job search through the Public Employment Service
  • to accept work that has the skills to perform
  • not to give up voluntary work
    • for six (6) months prior to the submission of their application
    • following the submission of their application

throughout the period receiving GMI.

 

 

Income criteria and conditions

 

1. The total immovable property of the same and his family does not exceed a total of € 100,000 (based on the land registry estimate for 2013).


The residence of the applicant and his family is excluded if the area does not exceed 300 m2.
Excluding additional real property worth € 100.000 when all or most of this is not usable due to charge or usufruct (mortgage – memo).

 

The family (family unit) consists of:

  • the applicant / beneficiary
  • the spouse is residing in the same residence as the applicant / beneficiary
  • his / her minor children if they reside in the same residence as the applicant / beneficiary
  • adult children who are unmarried and under the age of 28 regardless of their place of residence if their stay is in Cyprus

 

In the case of an unmarried orphan who has not reached the age of 28, the family unit includes the applicant / beneficiary and his / her unmarried siblings under 28 years of age.

 

2. The deposits of the applicant and his / her family must not exceed the total amount of € 5,000 plus € 1,000 for each additional person belonging to the family.


Excluding additional financial assets up to € 20,000, which are:

  • either committed to secure a loan (and made before 11/7/2014)
  • either on behalf of minor children (before 11/7/2014)
  • either concerning study loans and scholarships
  • either it is necessary for a person with a disability due to his or her disability
  • either because it is on behalf of minor children, the legacy of a legacy because of sponsors or other special reasons
  • either it is in a joint bank account with the senior / retired parent (and made before 11/7/2014) and the money is proven by the parent

3. The total value of shares, bonds, bonds, insurance policies, receivables and other similar items held by family members should not exceed the total amount of € 5,000.

 

4. The total income of family members must be lower than the total needs calculated on the basis of the GMI.

 

Income is defined as:

1. income from work as an employed or self-employed person

 

     From the monthly income from work to either the claimant / beneficiary or the spouse

  • if the income is greater than € 500, the first € 170 is not taken into account
  • if the income is less than € 500, the first € 50 is not taken into account, from the next € 50 to € 200 no 40% of this part is taken into account, from the next € 200 to € 500 not counting 20 % of this part

      From the monthly income from work for every adult child under the age of 28

  • the first € 480 is taken into account only by 50%
  • of the next € 480 – € 1000 account for 10% of this part
  • from the next € 1000 to € 2000, 15% of that part is taken into account
  • for child’s incomes exceeding € 2000, 20%

 

If the claimant / beneficiary or the spouse is a disabled person then the first € 512 of the income from work is not taken into account as income.

Income related to a training or work experience allowance (from projects which the Ministry of Labor proclaims occasionally is not taken into account if it concerns a child of the beneficiary.

 

2. amounts received as maintenance by a liable person

3. any allowance or grant or benefit is received

4. any income from pensions or pension plans

5. any income from the use of property belonging to the family, such as rental income or interest

 

Allowances taken into account as income

  • Child allowance
  • Single parent family allowance
  • Unemployment allowance
  • Invalidity and disability pensions
  • Pensions and allowances abroad
  • Easter bonus
  • Monthly pension provided under the Compensation Offenses Act
  • Grants and benefits from the Cyprus Agricultural Payments Organization and the Department of Fisheries
  • Monthly delivery to veteran agonists and widower / veteran of World War II fighter

Allowances NOT to be taken into account as income

  • Funeral allowance
  • Childbirth allowance
  • Student scholarship
  • Navy Guard Benefit
  • Low-pensioner’s allowance
  • Contributions by charitable or philanthropic institutions
  • Monthly honorary allowance to people of letters and arts
  • Diet by an obligated person if proven not to be received
  • All allowances from the Department of Social Inclusion of People with Disabilities
  • All allowances and / or benefits and / or grants provided to a person with a disability due to his or her disability
  • Any sums from the Provident Loss Fund and / or from the Ministry of Labor, Welfare and Social Insurance as extraordinary financial assistance with the approval of the Minister

 

What does the GMI provide?

The GMI provides:

  • Minimum amount for the applicant / beneficiary’s living needs
  • Monthly amount for housing (rent allowance or mortgage interest subsidy)
  • Primary or similar charges
  • Help to meet emergency needs and / or care needs

 

Total monthly amount of GMI to which the applicant is entitled

Total monthly income amount of the beneficiary
=
Monthly provision amount

** Any change in income or family composition, then the monthly GMI provided will change **

 

Learn more

 

You can find the relevant forms and applications below, as well as the Welfare Benefit Management Service, the Citizens Service Centers, the Postal Offices as well as the websites of the Ministry of Labor, Welfare and Social Insurance and the Department of Postal Services.

Welfare services can be provided by the Social Welfare Services to the GMI beneficiaries upon completion of the special area on the GMI application.

More information is available at the Call Center at 22 054054.

Find below the relevant documents


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