An Expat Guide To The Permesso Di Soggiorno
Friday May 26, 2017 (09:44:16)
What is Permesso Di Soggiorno?
This is a permit of stay not to be confused with an entry visa (which must be arranged separately if necessary and ideally prior to your arrival in the country).
The document is legally required by the Italian state for all foreign citizens who wish to reside in Italy.
The Permesso di Soggiorno will give you a right to reside in Italy until the expiration date. Some permits will allow you to work with a contract and others may not.
It is possible to be fined or even extradited if you are caught in Italy without a Permesso.
Types of Permesso
Some of the main types of Permesso are as follows.
Permesso di Soggiorno per turismo.
Anyone staying in Italy for over 3 months is considered a “resident”; technically if you are a tourist in Italy for over a week and you are not staying in a hotel or official campsite then you would need to apply for one, although most people do not. This is non-renewable and valid only for up to 3 months.
Permesso di Soggiorno per lavoro.
This Permesso is a work permit for an employee under contract.
Permesso di Soggiorno per lavoro autonomo/Indipendente.
This is also a a work permit Permesso but for independant/freelance workers.
Permesso di Soggiorno per coesione familiare.
This Permesso is for the foreign spouse or dependant children of an Italian citizen moving to Italy together.
Permesso di Soggiorno per ricongiungimento familiare.
For the spouse, dependant children or dependant parents of foreigners married to Italian citizens as well as family members from overseas who come to join them in Italy.
Permesso di Soggiorno per Studio.
For students coming to Italy to study.
Permesso di Soggiorno per dimora.
This Permesso is for foreigners who plan to reside in Italy without the intention of working or studying.
Permesso di Soggiorno per Soggiornanti di Lungo Periodo.
After five continuous years of residency this Permesso can be applied for. It gives permission to stay for a longer period of time and is required to be renewed less frequently.
Other types of permits to stay include those for refugees, asylum seekers and people on religious missions. They will need to be applied for differently to the above.
What does this entitle me to?
The Permesso entitles you to legal residency in Italy until the expiration date.
For nationalities outside of the EU, you can travel to other Schengen countries without a visa and stay for up to 3 months as a tourist.
For reference, Schengen countries are as follows:
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovakia, Hungary.
How do I obtain a Permesso?
Paying a lawyer will not automatically grant you a Permesso, and in fact there are many associations that will help you free of charge.
Permits are released by the Questura in the province where you have residence.
Unfortunately, the way the process works in Italy is that getting a Permesso prior to arrival can be difficult. You will need to apply for your Permesso within 8 days of arriving in Italy.
You can pick up the forms from the Sportello Amico located in your local post office (ask for a “kit”) and fill them out at home. Obtain four passport sized photos, make a photocopy of your passport and visa and any additional paperwork pertaining to your purpose of being in Italy (such as school enrolment paperwork or employment contracts), and a copy of your health insurance details and financial paperwork.
It is important to note: Do not sign or date the forms until you return to the post office.
Go to a local Tabaccheria (Tabbachi/tobacco shop; will usually display a T sign outside) and purchase a Marca da Bollo “stamp”, then take your completed forms, photocopies, other documents and stamp back to the post office along with your passport in person and pay the Permesso fee.
You should be given an appointment receipt at the post office for immigration at the Questura. Make sure you keep this somewhere safe, and after that it is a matter of waiting!
Once at the Questura for your appointment, there may be a quick security screening and then you can pick up your documents with your receipt. You will then have a short interview, and the officer will check your documents and take your finger prints.
You will then be asked where you would like to pick up your Permesso from, and then it is back to waiting. The time frame for all of this can vary from just a few weeks to a few months. In some cases, often with your first Permesso, it can take quite a long period of time to process, as some of our members can attest.
However, other members assure us that this is not abnormal in the process and that there should not be any issues.
It is important to remember though, that there can be a variance in consistency depending on the region of your residency.
Travel while your Permesso is processing
According to the Poliza De Stato website, foreigners awaiting renewal of their residence permits can leave and re-enter Italy if they hold:
1. the receipt issued by Italian Post offices (Poste Italiane S.P.A) certifying the submission of the application for renewal of their residence permit or EC residence permit for long-term residents;
2. the expired residence permit;
3. their passport or other equivalent travel document.
First time applicants:
The same facilitated procedure is granted to foreigners who have submitted their application for their first residence permits for employment, self-employment, or family reunification, provided that:
1. They leave and re-enter Italy through any Italian external border crossing point.
2. They show their passport or other equivalent travel document, along with the entry visa specifying the reasons of their stay (employment, self-employment, or family reunification ) and the receipt issued by Italian Post offices (Poste Italiane S.P.A.).
3. They do not transit through other Schengen countries, as this is not allowed.
Foreigners who have children under the age of 14 may request the Questura to issue a temporary residence permit with limited validity. This document will contain the personal details of the children who will then be allowed to leave Italy temporarily.
We hope this guide has provided you with all the information you need to sail through the application process of your Permesso Di Soggiorno with minimal stress!
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