Thursday May 02, 2024

The Permesso di Soggiorno and How to Survive the Questura

A bonus bureaucratic episode for you this week. We’re talking all about the Permesso di Soggiorno - the Italian Residence Permit. An essential part of life in Italy as a foreigner, but also our worst nightmare as expats in Italy, and while I admit it can be a boring topic, you need to know about it, and some of the tips shared might just make your next appointment much easier.

I’m covering: what the permesso di soggiorno is, how to apply, and most importantly how to survive your time at the Questura (that’s the immigration office). For those of you who are newly living in Italy, this will help you navigate your first application and your renewals.

Seasoned expats in Italy, I hope you’ll listen as well, and share your Permesso di Soggiorno horror stories for an upcoming listener episode. Share your story here:

Citizens, well well well, aren’t you special? I hope you listen in to understand the struggle the rest of us have to face living in Italy. 

If you are more of a visual person, watch me walk through a permesso application here:

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It seems to process at Poste Italiane for the permesso d s changed recently. I submitted mine this week, and the post office told me the Questura will contact me to let me know when my appointment is. Not sure I like the sound of that! At least I have the receipt.

Thursday May 16, 2024


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Thursday May 16, 2024

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