Glossary of the most important Italian immigration terms and acronyms

03 Aug 18

GLOSSARY
Of the most important Italian immigration terms and acronyms

  1. ACCORDO D’INTEGRAZIONE
  2. ANAGRAFE
  3. A.S.L. / U.S.L.
  4. CARTA D’IDENTITA’
  5. CARTA DI SOGGIORNO
  6. CERTIFICATO DI IDONEITÀ ALLOGGIATIVA / IDONEITÀ ABITATIVA / IDONEITÀ ALLOGGIO
  7. CESSIONE DI FABBRICATO
  8. CODICE FISCALE
  9. COMUNE
  10. CONTRATTO DI SOGGIORNO
  11. CU
  12. DICHIARAZIONE DI OSPITALITA’
  13. DICHIARAZIONE DI PRESENZA
  14. DPL
  15. DURC
  16. FOTOSEGNALAMENTO
  17. KIT POSTALE
  18. INAIL
  19. INPS
  20. MARCA DA BOLLO / BOLLO
  21. MATRICOLA INPS
  22. NULLA OSTA AL LAVORO
  23. PATENTE
  24. PERMESSO DI SOGGIORNO
  25. PERMESSO DI SOGGIORNO CE PER SOGGIORNANTI DI LUNGO PERIODO
  26. PLANIMETRIA CATASTALE
  27. PREFETTURA
  28. QUESTURA
  29. RICEVUTA POSTALE
  30. SPORTELLO UNICO PER L’IMMIGRAZIONE
  31. SCHEDA DI NOTIFICA
  32. RESIDENZA
  33. TESSERA SANITARIA
  34. TESTO UNICO SULL’IMMIGRAZIONE / TU
  35. UFFICIO DEL REGISTRO
  36. UFFICIO STRANIERI


ACCORDO D’INTEGRAZIONE

Foreigners over 16 years of age who enter Italy and apply for a residence permit with a validity of at least 1 year are required to sign the ‘Integration Agreement’ (Accordo di Integrazione) at the Immigration Office (Sportello Unico per l’Immigrazione) or Police Headquarters (Questura). The “Integration Agreement” regulates the points system for the permit of stay. By signing this agreement, foreign nationals commit to undertake certain integration requirements [e.g. Italian language proficiency, cultural awareness etc]. Foreigners are accredited with points or credits based on their level of integration in Italian society.

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ANAGRAFE

Is the Register of Vital Statistics, kept by each Town Hall (Comune) and where all individuals living in the Town Hall’s jurisdiction shall be registered. Registration leads to “resident” status (residente)

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A.S.L (OR U.S.L.)

Stands for Azienda Sanitaria Locale (or Unità Sanitaria Locale), the local Health Department where an individual must apply to register with NHS, to get the Italian Health Card and have a GP assigned. Though the Italian health system being under the ultimate responsibility ofthe Ministry of health, it is administered locally by the Regions and by the local health authorities.

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CARTA D’IDENTITA’

It is an identification document that can be obtained from the Town Hall (Comune – Anagrafe) once an individual has been confirmed to be resident. It is issued to Italian citizens – either residing in Italy or abroad – and to non-EU, EU citizens residing in Italy and registered at the vital statistic office of the local city council. The document contains personal details and residential address. It is a mandatory document required to convert/obtain an Italian driving license and buying/registering a car.

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CARTA DI SOGGIORNO

It is a type of residence permit (permesso di soggiorno) to be applied directly at the police office. Similar to the permit of stay, it has a 5 years’ duration and is reserved to non-EU dependents of Italian or EU citizens.

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CERTIFICATO DI IDONEITÀ ALLOGGIATIVA/IDONEITÀ ABITATIVA/IDONEITÀ ALLOGGIO

This is a certificate issued by the Town Hall or in some cases by the ASL, confirming that an apartment/house is compliant with health and safety building regulations. The certificate is necessary to apply for the permit of stay.

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CESSIONE DI FABBRICATO

This is the notice that the property owner must send to the Police within 48 hours of the individual moving into the property. It is required in order to proceed with the execution of the contract of stay, for obtaining the Certificato di Idoneità Alloggiativa and the permit of stay.

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CODICE FISCALE (TAX CODE)

The tax code is similar to the IRS number in the USA or the NIN number in the UK. It is an identification number given to each individual in Italy and is necessary in order to sign a lease agreement, purchase a car or mobile phone, open a bank account, request a health card etc. The tax code is issued by the Italian revenue office Agenzia delle Entrate. The obtainment of a tax code does not imply that the individual will need to pay taxes in Italy.

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COMUNE

This is an administrative division, corresponding to a township or municipality. The Comune is responsible for many basic civil functions such as a registry of births and deaths, registry of deeds, local residency (residenza), parking permit, garbage tax, etc.

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CONTRATTO DI SOGGIORNO

It is a form-  similar to an employment agreement – to be executed at the Sportello Unico Immigrazione (SUI – Immigration Office) by the foreign national entering Italy on a national visa for “lavoro subordinato” (employed work, whether local hire or on assignment) and the sponsoring entity. It sets out the terms and conditions of the employment contract. It is a mandatory step to be completed within 8 days from arrival and must be followed by the application for a residence permit (Permesso di soggiorno) through the Post Office.

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CU

It stands for Certificazione Unica. It is a certification issued by the employer to the employees confirming the taxes and other mandatory charges which have been withheld from the payslips by the employer. It is issued annually by the employer/host company. It is required for filing the tax declaration in Italy.

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DICHIARAZIONE DI OSPITALITA’

Is an official notice that any person hosting a foreigner or leasing /transferring a flat to the latter, must send to the Police within 48 hours (art. 7 Decreto Legslativo 286/1998).

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DICHIARAZIONE DI PRESENZA

If you travel from a Schengen State and do not have an Italian stamp on the passport, you must report your presence within 8 days after you have entered Italy at the local police headquarter (Questura) by submitting the form ‘Declaration of presence’ (Dichiarazione di presenza). This is not required in case you are staying in a hotel (for further information please go to ‘SCHEDA DI NOTIFICA’ definition on this Glossary). You must fill it in and sign it only if you are staying in Italy with your family members, relatives or friends.

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DPL

Stands for Direzione Provinciale del Lavoro. It is the local office of the Ministry of Labour. The DPL must give its clearance for the issuance of all work permits

INPS: stands for Istituto Nazionale della Previdenza Sociale, this is the National Social Security Agency

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DURC

Stands for Document Unico di Regolarità Contributiva, it is a certificate issued by INAIL to confirm that a company is compliant with all social security and insurance obligations.

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FOTOSEGNALAMENTO

Is the fingerprint appointment that takes place at the Police office. The foreigner must be photographed and leave fingerprints in order to obtain the permit of stay.

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KIT POSTALE

Is an application form to be completed by the applicant and submitted at the Post Office to request the permit of stay or relative extensions. Not all Post Offices are entitled to accept such applications, only those denominated “Sportello Amico”.

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INAIL

Istituto Nazionale per l’Assicurazione contro gli Infortuni, i.e. National Institute for Insurance against accidents.

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INPS

Istituto Nazionale Previdenza Sociale, i.e. National Social Security Agency.

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MARCA DA BOLLO OR BOLLO

Is an official stamp used for paying a duty or tax, it can be purchased at Post Offices or shops selling Tobacco (Tabaccherie)

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MATRICOLA INPS

Registration number attributed by INPS (Social Security Agency) to each employee.

Requested by the employer, it is necessary in order to obtain an extension of the permit of stay. Modulo F24: this is a form used for the payment of most taxes by the employer. Modulo DM10: is a form used by the employer for the payment of social security charges for employees.

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NULLA OSTA AL LAVORO (WORK PERMIT)

This is the clearance issued by the Sportello Unico, which authorizes the foreigner to work in Italy and obtain a work visa.

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PATENTE (DRIVER LICENSE)

A foreigner is permitted to use their driver license (translated and legalised) for 1 year only after entry into the country. After one year, he/she will need to request the recognition of the license or apply for an Italian license (this depends on the country where the license was issued).

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PERMESSO DI SOGGIORNO (PERMIT OF STAY OR RESIDENCE PERMIT)

Official document that allows the foreigner to live in Italy (Decreto Legislativo 25 luglio 1998, n. 286, art. 5; Decreto Presidente della Repubblica 31 agosto 1999, n. 394, art. 9-11). It must be requested within 8 days from entry into the country.

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PERMESSO DI SOGGIORNO CE PER SOGGIORNANTI DI LUNGO PERIODO

Document issued to non –EU citizens who have lived in Italy for at least 5 years. It allows permanent residency and does not have an expiry date but the holder must confirm at least every 5 years that data included are up to date.

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PLANIMETRIA CATASTALE

Is the map issued by the Cadastral Office (Ufficio Del Catasto) showing the composition of a flat. This document is required to apply for the Certificato di Idoneità Alloggiativa.

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PREFETTURA

Is the local Government Office and where the Immigration Office (Sportello Unico) is located.

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QUESTURA

Is the Police Office where a foreigner is fingerprinted and where the permit of stay is collected.

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RICEVUTA POSTALE

An official receipt issued by the Post Office when an individual applies for the permit of stay or extension. When a permit has expired, this receipt is the only document that confirms the individual is compliant in Italy. The receipt is not valid outside of Italy, therefore, until the renewed permit of stay has been issued; the individual is subject to some travel limitations.

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SPORTELLO UNICO PER L’IMMIGRAZIONE

The office that issues the nulla osta al lavoro (work permit). The office is a department of the Prefettura. In English, it is often referred to as, Immigration Office.

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SCHEDA DI NOTIFICA

Registration form of the hotel (signed by you at your arrival) reporting your presence as the Italian stamp on passport does. If you do not have an Italian stamp on passport please ask your hotel manager to provide you with a copy of the hotel registration. Please keep this always with you and show it to any police officer who should request it.

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RESIDENZA (RESIDENCY)

Anyone who plans on living permanently in Italy must register with the local Town Hall. Registration is in any event advisable as it can be beneficial for formalities in Italy such as obtaining a national health card, having goods imported duty free, purchasing a car and opening a bank account.

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TESSERA SANITARIA (HEALTH CARD)

After registration with the Town Hall, a foreigner is entitled to request the Health Card (Tessera Sanitaria) at the local ASL (Azienda Sanitaria Locale). The card entitles to have a Doctor, drug prescriptions and medical checkups.

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TESTO UNICO (OR “TU”) SULL’IMMIGRAZIONE

Relevant to the law governing immigration matters, the most important: Decreto Legislativo 25 luglio 1998, n. 286 and Decreto Presidente della Repubblica 31 agosto 1999, n. 394.

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UFFICIO DEL REGISTRO

Office found within the Agenzia delle Entrate where Registry Tax must be paid. Registry tax is a tax payable for some deeds, such as lease agreements and usually it must be paid no later than 30 days from the deed.

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UFFICIO STRANIERI

The office within the Questura (Police Office) which is competent for all immigration matters.

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