In our pre-move research we kept seeing posts about the dreaded battle with the post office over the Permesso di Siggorno. For us, it has so far been much ado about nothing. We went to the post office in Atessa, which is the closest one with a Sportello Amico window. They handed us two (Be sure you get two if you are couple as each of you will need their own application) of the envelopes with the yellow stripe and that was that. Step one, about 15 min.
We took them home, and used the excellent Rick Zullo guide in filling our our papers. Now, it might also just have been that I too have been a lifelong bureaucrat, and, recognizing their own, they afforded me professional courtesy, but that is doubtful. Perhaps having simple, organized packets for both of us was a plus. One thing I have learned from my career as an Accountant, if you give a clerk an organized paper trail, they will happily follow it. One helpful thing! A4 size paper. If all your supporting documents are in standard US 8.5 x 11 size, pick up a ream of A4 paper at a local store, an print off a full set in A4 before you come over.
Basically the supporting documents for Permesso are the same as your ER Visa. Income documentation, housing, health insurance, copies of all the pages in your passports.
After filling out the forms, (Black Ink only people!!) We went back to Atessa a couple days later to turn them in. We arrived at the Post Office about 9AM, and were the only ones there. They motioned us right up to the window. We handed over our docs, and they did a bunch of typing, and we did a bunch of signing, paid our fees (Cash Only! – See button above for current cost breakdown), and just a little over half and hour later, we had receipts and were on our way. I believe the next step is we wait until our appointment at the Questura, which for us is in Chieti where they take fingerprints, and I’m sure we will celebrate with more signing of forms.
A couple of notes where things differed from the Zillo guide. We brought our passport photos, but they did not take them at the post office. The Zillo guiide also mentions a Yellow receipt. We got plain paper receipts. On the receipt was the date and time and location of our appointments. Our dates are about two weeks later than the submission date.