TN 2 (07-86)

GN 01706.010 Interpreting Italian Coverage Certifications

A. Italian coverage certification

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:

 

PERIOD   COMPULSORY OR EQUIVALENT CONTRIBUTION
    
  FROMTO    NUMBER OF WEEKSKIND
    
    
    

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:

OBGCompulsory Contribution for Wage Earners with the Exception of Farmworkers
AGRCompulsory Contribution for Farmworkers
SMMilitary Service
FIGDeemed Coverage for Events Other than Military Service and Unemployment
DSDeemed Coverage for Periods of Compensated Unemployment for Wage Earners with the Exception of Farmworkers
DS AGRDeemed Coverage for Unemployment in the Farm Sector
CDCompulsory Contribution for Farmers, Small Landholders and Sharecroppers
ARTCompulsory Contribution for
Craftsmen
COMCompulsory Contribution for Small Businessmen
VVVoluntary Contribution

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.

B. Guidelines for evaluating certifications

The Italian coverage certification form IT/USA 3 bis was designed as a part of an Italian liaison form (IT/USA 3 or IT/USA 5). The liaison form was signed and/or sealed by an INPS official as a means of certifying the correctness and authenticity of its contents including the earnings certification. INPS plans to eliminate the forms IT/USA 3 and IT/USA 5 and will begin sending form IT/USA 3 bis with the transmittal request form IT/ USA 2 which does not have a place for INPS to certify the correctness of the information shown. Also, INPS o