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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2005 8:53 am    Post subject: Problems Help! Reply with quote

Hello All,
I am a Canadian living and working as a english teacher in Rome. I dont have a visa or a european passport. What I was wondering is there anyone else in my position who is either American or Canadian because I need advice. My tourist visa runs out tomorrow and I feel uncomfortable staying here without a visa. Any suggestions. I know there is the option of a Italian Language school if they give you a certificate, but do I need to return to Canada to get my student visa and secondly is it too late to get one since my visa runs out tomorrow?

I also need advice on health insurance. I heard that tourists in Italy can get free health insurance and coverage for 6 months. Is this true? Considering with my travel insurance I need to file for my medical claim which means I have to pay for the charge myself first and eventually get the money back later.

I know lots of North Americans stay in Italy everyday over their 3 month stay without permission, but I really dont want to risk not being able to come back to Italy because my Italian boyfriend is here of 5 years, but I dont want to leave either considering we have been doing a long distance thing for 5 years. What about when you leave Italy, will there be a problem for me to get out since I am planning on visiting my family in Canada for Christmas.
Ok thanks!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2005 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you spoken to your embassy? I would imagine that if you leave Italy after your visa expires, you may have problems.

If the police catch you here after your visa expires, they could well deport you - which means you won't be entitled to enter Italy again for a period of time - I don't know how long this is.

As for health insurance - I imagine it all depends if you already have an insurance policy or some sort of reciprocal agreement.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2005 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The tricky issue with any health insurance is that, if you have to file a claim for anything that occurs while you are in a country illegally, whatever insurance you have has a loophole - and may very well not pay up. 'Sorry not to offer some good news or at least hope, but you're in an extremely tough situation. Marry the boyfriend, if that's an option, or you could possibly try to get connected with some Canadian or American (forgot your nationality) company operating in Italy....
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2005 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I worked with an American who was deported... he was given several months warning and made a few appeals, but he had no luck. I believe that in order for him to renew his tourist visa, he had to leave the country for six months before he could re-enter Italy. I have a book published by the government about living in Piemonte (specifically), and it says that no matter what your legal or financial situation is you are entitled to basic EMERGENCY health care (this doesn't seem to include stuff like birth control), but I can't say if the situation is the same in Rome. I know an Erasmus student who drank himself into the hospital three times, and each time he just ran out the next morning without paying...
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Joined: 20 Sep 2005
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Location: Genoa, Italy

PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When my tourist visa expired I took the train to Nice, got a stamp on my passport and came back in. Then I got a permesso di soggiorno per ragioni di famiglia (Italian girlfriend). Bear in mind that every questura applies different policies and it also depends on who you find behind the counter.
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