Well, folks, it finally happened. The loooong saga of obtaining our long term Permit to Stay, good for more than a year is at an end. If you’ve been reading this a while you’ll know how long we have been working towards getting this Permesso. This one is good for ten years. I’ll probably be dead by then.
A person is allowed to apply for this after five years of residency. We have been here almost nine years. The reason we are late in getting this was mainly due to Covid. We applied three years ago but we didn’t have all our paperwork. Then we applied again in March 2022. We were told we needed additional documents which we provided to them in July 2022. So today, ten months later we finally got the cards. We, of course we’re not sure it WOULD actually be a long term card. When Luther looked at the date (he got his card before me) he told me it expired 2032. I was stupidly happy.
It is finally the end of the annual rigamarol of renewing, paying, getting to see the Questura for fingerprints and then waiting months for the cards. Meanwhile our old cards were expired meaning we always had to worry about traveling on them. As of today we are finished with this. Such a relief. I wanted all my friends here to know the end of the story.
Yes, a long time coming! Thanks!
Thanks Carlo. Such a relief.
I’m so happy for you!! The hard work has paid off!
That is fantastic news. Congratulations! Your hard work and persistence paid off. Excellent!
Yes indeed we will celebrate. A birthday, and our success!
so glad for you and Luther!
Ottime notizie! We must celebrate in May.
Grazie mille Dotti! A banner day for sure!
Hi Valerie, we came on the ER Visa. It is such an amazingly freeing thing. I feel lighter than air! I am savoring it big time.
Yay! I love your tales! I live through them!👏🏽👏🏽 Congratulazioni a te e Luther!🥂
How wonderful! congratulations! May I ask what type of visa did you originally have when you entered the country? Was it a work related visa, an elective residency visa, etc ? Again…savor this moment of success…cheers! 🍷 Valerie
Thanks Leslee – I covered up the number of the PdS and my birthdate. Everyone knows my sex and nationality. And I dot think the expiration date is important. I understand your concern though! I tried to be safe.
Thank you Rebecca!
Walking on air all day Helena!
Hi Jane, here is a list of what we turned in. The extra stuff was the Certificato di Agibilità, the A2 language test certificate, Police Report (il certificato casellario giudiziale), Certificato Contestuale and Copies of all Italian tax returns
Copies of Passport
Copies of current PdS, Carta l’identità, Tessera Sanitaria
Copies of house papers and Certificato di Agibilità
Financial statements – social security, annuities, IRAs
Papers complying with citizen agreement (A2 exam)
Police Report (il certificato casellario giudiziale)
Copies of Italian tax returns
Copies of old PdS cards
Hi Linda,it was a mighty struggle but we stayed the course! 🙂
Hi Linda…Thanks for enjoying our news with us!
Hi Catherine, I’ve been walking on sunshine all day!
Thank you Luis! 🙂
We have already begun the celebrations today Karen! We had lunch with good friends and we did a few toasts to our new PdS and our friend passed the Italian drivers license test. Another BIG deal.
Yes Julie! It so so freeing! I’m pinching myself. And I was ready to lawyer up if they wouldn’t give it to us. Thankfully, they had no reason to deny us. 😄
Thanks Lindsay! I hope to still be posting! If I’m still alive 😁
Hey Matt, it sure is a weight off of our backs!
Hey Joanne. Finalmente! It’s great to no longer have to worry about travel
Nancy, your card contains a lot of personal information. Perhaps you should cover numbers etc. Bad guys are on the internet. Congratulations.
Congratulations! What a relief it must be ~ enjoy!
Hi Nancy, congratulations! What documents beyond the ones we need for the yearly permesso renewal are needed?
Good for you Congratulations!
What wonderful news. Congratulations!
What a relief – your days will be lighter!! Congratulations – you MUST celebrate; ‘pazienza’ pays off!!
Auguri!! Happy for you.
Congratulations, Nancy and Luther!!! It was worth all of the rigamarole for 9 years, to jump through the bureaucratic hoops. And now you’re good for ten years!!!! Fantastic! Woo hoo! I hope you have a celebratory dinner or drink planned.
Congratulations Nancy this is huuuge must feel like winning the lottery! After all their talk that you were not eligible you showed how wrong they were. Gives the rest of us so much confidence, I will be applying next year.
Enjoy the weekend and celebrate.
Well done ! perseverance and dogged determination clearly the name of the game.
Ten years ? God willing you’ll still be posting with considerable wit and verve.
Congratulations!! Now you can (mostly) relax and enjoy your new apartment and roof garden. So happy for both of you!
Congratulations! Your persistence has finally paid off. Bravo!
Excellent news. Congratulations!