The certification of Italian periods of coverage by INPS to the United States will
always be in the following format regardless of the type of employment or self-employment:
|| COMPULSORY OR EQUIVALENT CONTRIBUTION
|| NUMBER OF WEEKS
The “Period” columns will show the beginning and ending date of the periods of coverage recorded
on the individual account record beginning with the earliest period of coverage, but
no earlier than January 1, 1937. If only month and year are shown, the period begins
on the first of the month. The third column will show the total number of weeks of
contributions in each “From-To” period. Contributions that were paid daily or monthly will be converted to weeks.
The fourth column will show an abbreviation identifying the type of coverage. The
abbreviations are as follows:
||Compulsory Contribution for Wage Earners with the Exception of Farmworkers
||Compulsory Contribution for Farmworkers
||Deemed Coverage for Events Other than Military Service and Unemployment
||Deemed Coverage for Periods of Compensated Unemployment for Wage Earners with the
Exception of Farmworkers
||Deemed Coverage for Unemployment in the Farm Sector
||Compulsory Contribution for Farmers, Small Landholders and Sharecroppers
||Compulsory Contribution for
||Compulsory Contribution for Small Businessmen
These are all valid periods of coverage for which the United States must give credit.
The original agreement prohibited the United States from giving credit for periods
of Italian voluntary coverage. However, the supplementary agreement, which became
effective on January 1, 1986, eliminated the prohibition against the use of voluntary
coverage. Therefore, voluntary coverage must be credited for claims adjudicated January
1, 1986 or later.
Since the 84 computation method is used for all claims adjudicated after the effective
date of the supplementary agreement, Italian average weekly earnings are not needed
for the computation. Italy will not show average weekly earnings on coverage certifications
dated January 1, 1986 or later.