Residence permits in Italy

A residence permit is the document that allows non-EU nationals to live in Italy. You need a residence permit if you are staying for more than 90 days. Find out if you need a residence permit and how to apply.


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If you are staying in Italy for fewer than 90 days, you don’t need a residence permit. If you come from a EU country you only need the entry stamp on your passport, and if you come from a non EU country you only need the the tourist visa. If you are staying for 90 days or longer and you come from a EU country you still don’t need a residence permit, but if you come from a non-EU country you do need a residence permit.

Il permesso di soggiorno è collegato al tipo di visto che hai. Ad esempio, se il visto è un visto di lavoro, riceverai un permesso di soggiorno per lavoro. Oppure, se sei entrato in Italia con un visto di studio, riceverai un permesso di soggiorno per studio. Leggi di più sui tipi di permessi di soggiorno.

Apply for a residence permit

Devi fare richiesta del permesso di soggiorno entro 8 giorni dal tuo arrivo in Italia. In alcuni casi, devi fare richiesta del permesso alla Questura della tua città. In altri casi fai richiesta all’ufficio postale attraverso la compilazione di un kit . Scopri dove fare richiesta del permesso di soggiorno.

For the application you need:

  • your passport and your visa that allowed your entry into Italy (and a photocopy of each)
  • the application form that you get at the Questura or the receipt that you get at the post office
  • the documents required for the residence permit that you are applying for – click on your type of residence permit to find what documents you need.
  • 4 recent passport size photos
  • a stamp (marca da bollo) worth €16.00, that you buy in tobacco shops (tabaccheria)
  • a receipt that is proof of payment (you make this payment at the post office through a bollettino) for
    • €40 for a permit from 3 months to 1 year
    • €50 for a permit from 1 year to 2 years
    • €100 for a permit longer than 2 years
  • the receipt of the payment of €30,46 for printing your permit (you make this payment at the post office through a bollettino)
  • payment of €30 for submitting your request (if you apply at the post office)

IMPORTANT: Make several copies of all your documents!

Some categories of people don’t pay the €40/€100 fee. These categories are:

  • people under 18 years old
  • stateless people
  • asylum seekers
  • people who were granted international protection (refugee status, subsidiary or humanitarian protection)
  • people who are requesting a duplicate of their residence permit
  • people who are in Italy for medical reasons and those who accompany them

After you apply

Whether you apply at the Questura or at the post office, you will get a notification (via letter or SMS) telling you to go to the Questura for one important step before you get your residence permit: fingerprints and photos. By law, the Questura needs to have your fingerprints and your photo to allow your residence permit. Some Questura takes fingerprints and photos of you on the same day that you apply.

IMPORTANT: When you apply, you also get a receipt ( that everybody calls “cedolino”)of the application and the date when you can pick up your residence permit. Until you get your real residence permit, that receipt is the document that allows you to stay in Italy. Carry it with you at all times!

If you have problems or questions about the application, you can go to the offices of your Comune. Or you can go to your local patronato. A patronato is an office that gives advice to workers.

To find your local patronato, search online with the words “patronato in [name of your city].”

You can check the status of your residence permit application online.

On the Immigration Portal you can find out more about residence permit applications.

How to renew your residence permit

Every residence permit has an expiry (ending) date. If you want to renew your residence permit, you must apply at least 60 days before the permit ends. As you did for your first application, you may apply at the Questura or at the post office, depending on the type of permit.

To apply for the renewal you need:

  • the completed form that you find at Questura or at the post office
  • a photocopy of your passport
  • a photocopy of your residence permit
  • a photocopy of your social security number
  • a stamp (marca da bollo) worth €16, that you buy in tobacco shops (tabaccheria)
  • the receipt of the payment of €30,46 for printing your permit (you make this payment at the post office through a bollettino)

You may also need additional documents, depending on your kind of permit. The additional documents that you need to show will probably be the same ones that you showed for your original permit. For example:

  • residence permit for subordinate work
    You will need a copy of your Modello Unilav (signed by you and your employer) and proof of your accommodation (such as a lease) and financial documents (for example, your latest payroll statement and tax declaration form)

  • residence permit for family reasons
    You will need proof of your family status (that you can request at the Anagrafe Office of the Comune where you live) or certificate of marriage and proof of accommodation.

To make sure that you have all the documents needed for the application, ask at your Comune or Questura.

IMPORTANT: until you get your new permit, the receipt for the renewal application is the document that allows you to stay in Italy. Carry it with you at all times!