Survival Kit

Useful suggestions for immigrates in Rome and its Province

 

Summary
- The first things to do upon arrival in Italy
- Important documents to carry always with you when in Italy
- Useful telephone numbers (free) for emergencies
- Document loss or theft
- Useful information

 

 

 

 

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THE FIRST THINGS TO DO UPON ARRIVAL IN ITALY

1.within 48 hours upon arrival, the person hosting you must declare you as guest at the local police station or to the urban authorities (for those living outside the city of Rome). The form commonly known as COMUNICAZIONE di CESSIONE FABBRICATO must be fully filled and presented at the local police commission. Along with it the following documents must be attached: photocopy of the host's identification document or permit of stay (in the case of a non citizen in Italy), the visitor's passport. Alternatively, it is possible to send the documentation to the area police commission through a registered mail.

2.within 8 working days upon entry in Italy, you must present yourselves to request for the permit of stay:

 
a) At the Immigration Office at the Police headquarters in Rome in Via Teofilo Patini, angolo Via Salvati, in Tor Cervara - Tor Sapienza area, if you have an entry visa type C (maximum validity of 90 days), or otherwise coming from countries from which entry visa for reasons of tourism is not required.
 
b) At the local area Police Commissions (present near where you stay), for all the other types of entry visas (valid for more than 90 days).

If on the permit of stay there is a printing error of the data brought back by the officials, one must to go to the Immigration Office at the Rome Police headquarters at Via Teofilo Patini, angolo via Salvati, in Tor Cervara - Tor Sapienza area and request for the correction (even when the permit of stay was obtained at the local Police Commission)

3. Once the permit of stay is granted, one must:

  • Report to the Revenue office to request for the Tax identification number.
  • Report to the local Municipality to request for certificate of residence and, one given the residence certificate, request for the Identity card.
  • Report to the area ASL (local health services) to request for registration to the National Health Service to obtain allocation of a family doctor.

 

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS TO CARRY ALWAYS WITH YOU WHEN IN ITALY

 
 
 
  • Identification document for example the identity card or the passport; or authenticated photocopy of the identification document;
  • At least one telephone card;
  • At least two bus-subway tickets since the tickets are not sold in transportation means and those found without tickets are fined € 101;
  • At least two telephone numbers of relatives and/or friends (for any eventuality);
  • Emergency telephone numbers (free);
  • A paper sheet (preferably certified by a doctor) on which to indicate: blood group, eventual lifesaving medicine, eventual serious pathologies or handicaps such as diabetic, thalassemic, cardiopatic, undergoing haemodialysis etc;
  • In case one does not speak Italian language it is important to always take with you a sheet of paper written in Italian language where some important personal information are indicated, to have it read, to be understood (N.B. translate it also in your mother tongue): 

NON PARLO L'ITALIANO
I DO NOT SPEAK ITALIAN MY NAME IS.............................................I COME FROM..................................................... IF I NEED HELP, OR IF YOU ARE TRYING TO COMUNICATE SOMETHING OF IMPORTANCE AND I DON'T SEEM TO UNDERSTAND YOU, PLEASE CALL FOR ME THESE PERSONAL FRIENDS WHO SPEAK ITALIAN:
1) ¦MR. /MRS¦......................................................................... ¦TEL¦..............................................
2) ¦MR. /MRS¦......................................................................... ¦TEL¦..............................................
3) ¦MR. /MRS¦......................................................................... ¦TEL¦.............................................. THANKS

                                                                                          

 

USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS (FREE) FOR EMERGENCIES



 

  • 113 Public emergency rescue (Police)
  • 118 Health Emergency (ambulance)
  • 115 National Fire Department
  • 112 Paramilitary Police officers (like administrative Police)
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DOCUMENT LOSS OR THEFT

In case of theft or loss of an identification document it is necessary to make declaration of loss or theft immediately to the nearest area Police at that moment (it is advisable to always photocopy one's own documents after the issuance).

After reporting loss or theft of the passport, you must go your consulate in Rome to present the declaration possibly with a valid document (identity card, driver's license, even if valid in national territory of belonging) and request for a Consular Declaration that attests the applicant's identity (equipped with a photo), or a Consular Passport.

After reporting the loss, theft or the permit of stay, one must go to the immigration Office near the Rome Police headquarters in Via Teofilo Patini, angolo via Salvati, in Tor Cervara - Tor Sapienza area and request for a duplicate permit of stay (to be compiled at the office). You need to present:

  • The passport or the consular declaration and the corresponding photocopies.
  • 4 photos,
  • Duty stamp.

For the following documents: tax identification number, identity card and the driver's license equipped with the police report, permit of stay and the passport require reference to the issuing office.

USEFUL INFORMATION



Health

  • To all the foreign nationals (with or without documents), temporarily present in the Italian territory, hospital attendance for emergency cases and the essential ambulance treatments (even constant) is guaranteed in cases of illness and accidents. Moreover, the social cover and attendance for pregnancy and maternity is assured.
  • To be able to benefit from the National Health Services, foreigners without documents must register as S.T.P (Straniero Temporaneamente Presente - temporarily present foreigner); registration is done through an identifying code valid in the whole of the national territory. The code is anonymous and can only be used for scope of health.
  • Immigrant children with and without documents can start and/or continue to take obligatory vaccinations free of charge, presenting themselves to the ASL (local health service centres).
  • ASL is useful in case of general health problems while emergency cases are referred to the First Aid (emergency health assistance).
     


Education

  • Young children have a right and duty to be enrolled in public schools
  • Students have a right to scholarships if they meet the requirements announced.


Housing

  • Useful information on houses for rent can be found in newspapers and specialised magazines. The specialised magazines can be obtained free of charge at the real estate agencies.
  • It is important to verify upon making a house rent contract whether it has been registered at the Public Registry office.


Work

  • Even for the foreign workers in Italy, it is obligatory to make a declaration of income (Income tax return) every year. This helps to demonstrate one's own income.
  • It is obligatory to be enrolled at the (Centri per l'Impiego) Employment Centres.
  • It is possible to obtain information on the current job offers or instructional and professional refreshment courses at the COL, CILO, Informagiovani, and Centri per l'Impiego. Moreover, one can look for a job through temporary job agencies or by consulting specialised journals.


Driving license

  • Issuing of a driving licence is done at the provincial Offices of Civil Motorization or through a local driving school


Transport system

  • To benefit from the public transport one must have the ticket before getting into the means of transport, alternatively one can buy a pass. Both can be acquired at the otherwise or to be in possession of the subscription ticket.Both can be acquired at the tabaccheria (tobacconists) and the newspapers stands


General information

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  • Telephone cards are sold in the (tobacconist's) with T symbol and in the newspaper stands. The cards are found in various price, even for international calls.
  • City maps are sold in the newspaper stands or in city's central stations (regional train stations). Maps can be consulted free of charge on affixed billboards at the central stations and in the subway (metropolitan) stations, moreover still in the central stations and in the central parts of the city, there are several express Information Offices (free of charge) indicated with a symbol I.
  • Telephone directories and the yellow pages (list of businesses, services, shops, etc. complete with addresses ad telephone numbers) can be consulted free of charge at coffee bars where a public telephone is available.