Yesterday, Carlo took the day off so that we could run some errands. First on the list….
I really don’t enjoy going to the Questura. One reason is because it’s not in the best area of town but mainly because it’s takes all day. First you have to get there really early in the morning to wait in line. The first line is for you to receive your numbered ticket. If you’re lucky, you get your number and go into the building. If you don’t get a number (because they’ve run out) then… you have to come back the next business day and wait in line again… and maybe you’ll get a number then… or maybe not!!!!
Once you get your number and go into the building, you have to wait in the waiting room until they call your number before you can be helped. This again… will take a very long time. (We once waited 5 hours just to get some fingerprints done!) Anyway, once they call your number then you can finally go through the rotating door and get what you need done.
Well, after 2 months (our last visit to the Questura was in Feb.), I finally received my Permesso di Soggiorno (Resident Permit)!!!!
So, after we leave the Questura, our 2nd stop was…..
The Anagrafe Office
(Office of Vital Statistics)
The Anagrafe office isn’t that bad.. sometimes. Usually you only wait about 15 minutes or so. Unfortunately, yesterday was NOT one of those days. Carlo and I waited 1-1/2 hours. Luckily Carlo and I learned from our mistake the last time we were at the Questura and brought books with us to read while we waited. Once it’s was our turn, we went to the window to be help and the lady got upset because we both needed something done and we should have each taken a number. She calmed down a bit but I could tell she was still annoyed. Carlo renewed his ID Card and I got one as well.
One thing we wanted to do but didn’t was get the Doctor’s assignment. I’m really not sure how this works so, I’ll elaborate when I actually get this done.
Now that I have done all of this… in 3 months, I can apply for citizenship! So of course, we’re not wasting time on that. I’ve already sent my Birth Certificate to Austin to get an Apostille. My friend Paige works for a company that handles Background checks for companies so, she was kind enough to send me a copy of my Criminal Record clearance. There are so many more things to do in the next 3 months….
But for now… I will celebrate! I now have my ID card, my Permesso and I also received my Codice Fiscale (Fiscal Code is the same as a SSN). I can officially & legally obtain a job!
Anyone want to join me in a celebration dance?????