I wrote about the first steps in this post if you are interested.
So after handing in all the documentation to the Federal Police I was told to keep an eye out for a publication in the Diário Oficial da União (DOU) where it would say whether my application for permanent residency has been approved or denied. Once I saw my name I bought that issue of the DOU (as I was told I needed the original – stupid). I took the news paper (which they then told me I had not needed – obviously they have the info there too!), my passport and two photographs (I think) to the Federal Police. I was sat for a while in front of a woman who was doing stuff on the computer while also talking to her colleagues about whatever and asking me about my husband. Very unprofessional, polite but unprofessional. I wasn’t particularly keen on spending another afternoon there so it was kind of annoying that they were wasting my time. Anyway, eventually they were done with me and I was told to queue for having my fingerprint taken. I am pretty sure I didn’t have a picture taken here but a friend said she did. Once all done you are given another piece of paper and asked to return in 180 days to collect your ID card.
I returned after 181 days and was told that the ID card had not arrived, they stamped my piece of paper with a new date saying it’s been postponed 180 days. She did however say I could come back earlier to check if it’s arrived; because they seem to think we like going there so much. I was eventually told I could check online whether it’s available before going there. I went home and a few weeks later I checked online and it said my ID card had arrived in December. I was there in January!! Gah! So I returned again and finally got it.
It’s bigger than a credit card so it won’t fit in the places you would normally keep an ID. It also looks like the print could come off so I have put mine in a place where it doesn’t touch anything else. It’s pretty lame, but it works. It’s my ID card and now I don’t have to walk around with my passport.
Next step – Double Nationality! But I don’t know when I can apply for that, probably only after a few years.