The Second Step to Getting Your Italian Residency
Where are you on the path of your dream of living in Italy? Have you got your Italian residency yet?
If you read my first post about getting the certificate of residency, you know that you have to wait 45 days after presenting yourself at the Vital Statistics Office, (Ufficio Anagrafe) and the residency certificate may or may not come in the mail. In my case it did not. Therefore, after 45 days had passed, I showed up at the Anagrafe, and went to the office (without an appointment) of the woman I seen for my fist visit.
I told her it was now over 45 days and I’d not received anything by mail. She quickly went to a filing cabinet and shuffled around and then proclaimed, “It’s here!” and she gave me the official residency certificate. It is in fact not a “certificate” but a letter. Be sure to keep it with all your other precious paper work.
I knew the next step was to get myself hooked into the public health care system. The guy at INAC had actually been unable to tell me where to start this procedure, so I asked this woman if she might know.
“Go to the Campo di Marte Hospital and there you will have to the find the right office to make your request.” She said.
Good, I now had somewhere to start. Arriving at the hospital, I entered through a gate, into a large complex with lots of different buildings. Having no idea which way to turn, I doubled back and asked the guy who manned the booth at the gate.
Once in the correct building I found an info place and asked and the woman said, “you have to make an appointment for that, and the office is now closed. You’ll have to call them tomorrow.” And she gave me the number.
All this time I was feeling glad that I could explain myself in Italian!
The next day I called and got myself an appointment for a few weeks out.
When I went to the appointment the helpful young woman told me that I had to pay yearly to be in the public health system, and that the years are counted from January 1st. She advised me that I might want to wait until January to pay.
I agreed with her and she then gave me helpful information so that I’ll be ready for the January appointment. I realized that even if I had wanted to pay and sign up right then, that I wouldn’t be able to because the payment must happen at the post office and one must jump through mathematical hoops to figure out what one’s specific payment is.
She gave me a sheet called “Iscrizioni Facoltative” which explains that on top of a base payment of Euro 387.34, I must calculate 7.5% of my income if my yearly income is less than Euro 20,658.28. If my income is more than that, I need to calculate 4% of the surplus.
She gave me a declaration of income that I must fill out and bring to the post office, so that the post office will know how much to charge me. Then I bring the receipt of payment from the post to my appointment.
“Perhaps I can make my January appointment now?” I asked.
“No, it’s too early. You can call in late December.”
I felt dubious about that as I know that much of Italy is closed from Christmas to Epiphany, but I smiled and thanked her for all her generous help.
Note that you must go to the Ufficio Anagrafe after every time you renew your permesso (within 6 months) to re-register yourself, otherwise they will start a cancellation process.
Plan to make two appointments at the hospital in the process of getting yourself into the health care system. The first one, to collect the declaration of income paper work, in order to be properly prepared for your main appointment. Or try asking at the INAC office if they have that paperwork.
To get the best use of your money, get yourself into the health care system at the beginning of the year.
To learn about earlier steps in the process go here
To learn about the Integration Agreement go here