Speak the language of the place where one lives allows to speed up the process of social inclusion and socialization. The process of integration is not a one way process because it requires that who is hosting changes way of thinking and of doing things, at the same time he who arrives is in the predicament of taking on the rules of living together needed for a positive integration in the new social and cultural context.Integration means widespread cultural growth and therefore to interaction of different cultures, acknowledgement of equal opportunities.
The language is the point of encounter and transformation is the result of this encounter; a multicultural society is more complex and rich, more open and able to understand the others. Therefore the need of learning the language to pass the test has to be seen as an opportunity even if it could seem as an obstacle due to the fact that the test is mostly on written competence rather than oral. This could penalize those who have a spoken ability of level A2, but have more problems in reading and writing.
A lot of people have learned Italian through immersion, thanks to daily communication on the place of work or in the street, but few have had the time or the chance of learning the language; this is especially true for a lot of women who could have great problems doing the test. The foreigner who has been in Italy legally for at least five years, holder of a permit which can be renewed for an unlimited number of times, has an income which allows to support him/herself and the family members, a house suitable for him/herself and the family, can apply to the Questore (police commissioner) for the long term CE permit to stay (former carta di soggiorno) for him/herself, for the spouse and minor cohabitating children.
In addition to what established for foreigners legally in Italy, the holder of the long term CE permit to stay (carta di soggiorno) may:
- Enter the national ground in exemption of Visa;
- Carry out any legal activity except for those forbidden to foreigners or reserved to citizens;
- Have access to services offered by public administration, unless otherwise established;
- Participate to local public life, practice electorate when expected by the law and in accordance with chapter C of the convention on the participation of foreigners to local public life, of Strasboug, feb. 5th 1992.
The long term CE permit to stay (former carta di soggiorno) is therefore a great opportunity for immigrants in Italy; it is actually the end of the problem of the renewal of the permit to stay, it is a new way of thinking: it is the starting point for feel part of a community, it is like starting to feel Italian.
According to the Decree dated December 4th 2010 of the Ministry of Interior, as of December 9th 2010, in order to obtain the CE long term permit to stay, it is necessary to pass the Italian language test.
Even in order to apply for the release of the long term permit to stay it is necessary have passed the test. If one does not pass the test he or she cannot apply for the permit.
“In order to obtain the CE permit to stay, the foreigner must know the language at a level that allows to understand sentences and expression used in daily conversation, which corresponds to an A2 level of the Common European Framework” (art.2, paragraph1- Decree June 4th 2010).
The CE long term permit to stay may be asked also by the spouse or minor child or cohabitating parents of an Italian citizen or citizen of an European country resident in Italy. All the members of the family who are 14 or older, must however pass the test to prove their knowledge of Italian.
Considered the services and the opportunities offered by the CE permit, we hope that everybody will be able to apply for it. Therefore also women, daughters and wives should arrive at the moment of the application with a knowledge of the language which allows them to pass the test, or with a substitute diploma or title. The best thing is therefore to enrol immediately to a course as sooner as one thinks of staying in Italy for a long term. Every town offers classes, sometimes for free.
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