How to Get Italian Living Permit (Permesso di Soggiorno)

How do you get Permesso di Soggiorno in Italy?

The Permesso di Soggiorno is your foreigner registration card and literally translates to “Permit to Stay”. You have to follow a lengthy process to apply for the card and usually it takes 3 to 6 months to get. No matter what visa (student, working, or otherwise) you have, you MUST apply for a Permesso di Soggiorno.

How long does it take to get residence permit in Italy?

Within 20 days of receiving the permit to stay in Italy, Americans must go to the local Vital Statistics Bureau, Anagrafe of the Comune, to apply for residency. It generally takes one to two months to receive the certificate of residence (Certificato di Residenza).

How long does it take to get Permesso di Soggiorno?

The questura appointment date and time is non-negotiable (it’s automatically assigned) and will generally occur one to two months from the date of application.

How do I claim residency in Italy?

You can request it at the local “Questura” in the ‘boot-shaped’ country or at an Italian Embassy or Consulate in your home country before departure. The residency permit will be granted on the same basis that you previously applied for the visa: for study, work or health reasons.

Can you live in Italy without citizenship?


Staying or traveling within Italy for less than three (3) months are considered non-residents. This includes persons on vacation, those taking professional trips, students registered at an authorized school, or persons performing research or independent study.

How do I know if my Permesso di Soggiorno is ready?

The permesso should be ready in 30-45 days and you can then go pick it up at the police station nearest to your home. Check online with your id number to see if it is ready, or pass by the police station to see if your name is posted outside. Remember to bring your passport and your receipt!

Can I go outside of Italy with receipt of Permesso Soggiorno?

You are allowed to travel outside Italy only if you hold a valid permesso di soggiorno and valid travel document. As a general rule, you cannot travel inside or outside the EU with the receipt of your permesso only.

Can I travel with Ricevuta (receipt)?

Traveling Inside of the Schengen Zone

As a non-EU citizen with a permesso di soggiorno receipt, you may travel for 90 days before you are required to return to Italy (only if you’re from a country that doesn’t require visas for short-term travel in Europe.

Which are the Schengen countries?

These countries are: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

How long can I stay in Italy after my Permesso expires?

After your visa is expired you can stay legally in Italy further 60 days during which you can require the renovation of it. At the end of those 60 days if you have not submitted such request your stay in Italy is nomore legal.

How do I renew my permit to stay in Italy?

Renewal of Permit of Stay. The permit of stay must be renewed at least 60 days before the permit expires. Marca da Bollo (Italian Stamp: can be purchased at any tabacchi shop) of € 16,00. The Marca da Bollo will need to be placed on the completed permit of stay application.

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