How to apply for permesso di soggiorno (Italian residence permit)

By Go! Go! Italia staff
19 Dec 2023
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If you intend to pursue studies in Italy for a duration exceeding 90 days and you are a non-EU citizen, it is imperative to apply for a permesso di soggiorno within eight working days of your arrival in the country. A permesso di soggiorno is an Italian term that translates to “residence permit” in English. It is an official document issued by the Italian government that allows foreign nationals to stay and reside in Italy for a specific period of time.

Possessing a permesso di soggiorno facilitates various essential tasks, including the ability to open a bank account, apply for an individual tax number, traveling to other countries during school break, etc.

The specific type of permesso di soggiorno you apply for depends on the purpose of your stay. Students enrolled in Italian educational institutions such as language schools, will need to apply for a permesso di soggiorno per studio (study permit ).

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The most convenient method for obtaining the permesso di soggiorno is through the post office, specifically utilizing an immigration office known as Sportello Amico. Alternatively, you can also initiate the process at the questura (police headquarters).

To find the nearest  post office with a Sportello Amico, you can use the post office website by typing Sportello Amico in the search bar or you can call the contact center phone number 800.200.309 (active from Monday to Saturday, excluding holidays, from 8:00 to 20:00).

Permesso di soggiorno application steps

Here is an overview of the steps involved in applying for a residence permit:

  1. Preparing documents: gather the necessary documents for your application. The required documents may be different depending on where you do the request. We have listed them below in this article.
    At the post office Sportello Amico, you will find there the Kit giallo (Yellow Kit), and that contains instructions for the request and an application form. Note: The Kit giallo is not available in all postal offices so you will need to do some research beforehand.
  1. Pay the fee: pay the required fee for the residence permit application directly at the post office. The fee amount can vary, so check the specific fee applicable in your region. Generally the amount is 30,46 for the issue of the permesso di soggiorno  + 16 euro for the revenue stamp + 30 euro as processing fee.
  1. Submit the application: submit your application and supporting documents to the post office officer, they will review your documents, take your fingerprints and photograph for the residence permit card, and provide you with a ricevuta (receipt).
  2. Do not lose the ricevuta. This is a crucial document confirming your permesso di soggiorno application and acts as evidence of your legal stay. Having the ricevuta allows you to continue living, studying, and traveling in Italy until your residence permit is issued. Keep it on hand at all times.
  3. Await processing: your application will be processed by the immigration authorities. The processing time can vary, but it usually takes several weeks to a few months.
  4. You can check the status of your request on the Immigration portal (Italian only) by entering the user ID on your receipt.
  1. Collect the permesso di soggiorno: once your application is approved, you will receive a notification to collect your residence permit card. The notification will specify the location and procedure for collection. Make sure to bring the necessary identification and any additional documents mentioned in the notification.

Documents needed for permesso di soggiorno

Below you can find a list of general documents required for the residence permit application.

  • Passport: a valid passport with at least six months of validity beyond your planned stay in Italy.
  • Visa: your study visa obtained from the Italian consulate or embassy in your home country before your departure.
  • Proof of enrollment: documentation proving your admission to your language school
  • Proof of financial means: evidence demonstrating that you have sufficient financial resources to support yourself during your stay in Italy. This can include bank statements, scholarships, or sponsorship letters.
  • Health insurance: proof of health insurance coverage for your stay in Italy.
  • Housing arrangements: documentation verifying your accommodation arrangements in Italy, such as a lease agreement.
  • Passport photos: 4 recent passport-sized photographs

In summary, obtaining the residence permit is crucial for non-EU students studying in Italy for over 90 days and ensures a successful and legal stay in Italy for educational purposes. By following these steps and preparing the necessary documents, you not only comply with Italian regulations but also set the foundation for a successful and legally compliant stay in Italy for your educational pursuits.

Feeling a bit overwhelmed? No need to worry—just reach out, and we’ll help you through it.

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