- Officialization 1: WTF comes next in Italy?
- Officialization 2: Apartment
- Officialization 3: Internet
- Officialization 4: Stay Permit, part I <– You are here
- Officialization 5: Picking Courses
- Officialization 6: Stay Permit, part II
- Officialization 7: TV Tax
- Officialization 8: Stay Permit, part III
- Officialization 9: Residenzia
- Officialization 10: Health Insurance
- Officialization 11: Thesis Registration
- Officialization 12: Stay Permit, part IV
- Officialization 13: Going to the doctors
Stay Permit, part I
The Welcome Office at the University of Trento organized a giant officialization day for all of us foreign students, which included getting through enrollment, applying for health insurance, and sending off paperwork to apply for the student stay permit. The latter procedure is fairly complicated, so it was incredibly nice that they did this for us. I had to do things mostly on my own in Germany last year, and it was definitely harder.
Enrollment was way easier here than in Germany. The Welcome Office at University of Trento had set up an appointment for everyone to come enroll. We had to bring our passports, and that’s it. We came to the appointment, the lady there filled in some form on her computer with our basic information, and she printed out a paper that confirmed that we were enrolled. Then it took a couple of days for the websites to update with our status. That’s it.
The only trick now is that I have to pick up the student card that lets me use the Mensa over in Trento. Also, I have to sign up for sports separately, and I have to pick up a card for that from a different office in Trento. Finally, as a student, I can get a really cheap “free circulation” pass for the region, and I have to pick up a card for that also in yet another office in Trento. By the way, CS courses and language lessons are also in Trento. I’m starting to think I should have spent more time searching for accommodation in Trento.
In terms of health insurance, I had to already have health insurance that lasted until the end of my stay. Since my German health insurance is apparently running out, I used the one the LCT program provided me with for now. Italian national health insurance costs around 157 Euro per calendar year, even if you only use it the last 3 months, so I decided to just use the LCT program provided insurance until December. After that, I did pay for a year of the Italian one, because I just want to make sure that my pre-existing condition is covered. It’s cheap enough that I feel it is worth it. I’ll just have two insurances now.
Once you are enrolled and you have health insurance, you can apply for the student visa by post. For this you need:
- A form that was provided to us by the Welcome Office, but I guess you can get it at Cinformi
- Copies of each page of your passport, including the stamped pages at the back
- A copy of the enrollment certificate from Uni Trento (or the invitation letter from Uni Trento or similar)
- Copy of your health insurance policy with dates on when it is valid
- Optionally, €149.77 to optionally sign up for the health insurance from January to December of next year
- Copy of your lease if you have it (otherwise you bring it with you to your appointment later)
- €16 for a revenue stamp, which you have to buy at a tabacchi (there’s one across the street from the Rovereto Post Office)
Once you have all of the above, you go to the post office, and send it all off in a massive envelope. The post office then gives you really important receipts for all of this. You need to make copies of these receipts and guard them with your life. The receipts tell you when your appointment is at the Questura (immigration office).
The Welcome Office helped us do all of this. They literally filled out the application form for us, they helped us make copies, they took us to buy the revenue stamp, they made an appointment for all of us at the post office, they gave us the massive envelope to send it all off in, and they were there with us when we paid and sent things off. This was really great.
What the Welcome Office doesn’t help with is doing all of this for my husband. He has to wait until my stay permit comes in, before he can get started. Since it will probably take at least 4 months for mine to come, he will probably have to leave Italy at the end of his 90-day Shengen Visa waiver expiration date, and come back.