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Obtaining Residence Permit in Italy

Obtaining Residence Permit in Italy

Updated on Monday 17th August 2015

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Obtaining-Residence-Permit-in-ItalyStarting with 2007, the Italian residence permit is required for foreign citizens of non-EU member states. For EU citizens, a simple declaration of presence is sufficient. Citizens of EU countries are required to submit the declaration with the local police headquarters within 8 days from their arrival in Italy. Citizens holding an Italian Uniform Schengen Visa are not required to submit the declaration of presence.

Applying for an Italian residence permit

The new Italian residence permit is called EC residence permit for long-term residents and is a permanent document. The permanent residence permit is granted to foreign citizens living in Italy for five uninterrupted years. Applications for permanent residence permits may be submitted with the local post office or with the municipal office. The application must contain the following:

  • - a copy after the valid passport,
  • - copies after the income tax statements,
  • - foreign employees of Italian companies must submit the National Social Welfare Institution payment receipts,
  • - the criminal record,
  • - proof of accommodation,
  • - copies after the last year’s paychecks.

The applicants are also required to submit proof of paying all necessary fees for obtaining the Italian residence license. Our lawyers in Italy will provide you all the information about obtaining a residence permit.

Renewal of the Italian residence permit

Depending on the type of residence permit, foreign citizens are required to renew their permits on a regular basis. Foreign citizens living in Italy are required to apply for renewal as it follows:

  • - 90 days before expiry if the residence permit has a two-year validity period,
  • - 60 days before expiry if the residence permit has a one-year validity period,
  • - 30 days before expiry in other cases.

The validity period of temporary residence permits depend on the purpose of the Italian visa. Foreign citizens working in Italy based on a temporary work permit are required to apply for renewal depending on the sector they work in. The Italian employment permit may have a 6 to 9-months validity period, while student visas may have a one-year validity period.

If you need help in obtaining a residence permit you can contact our law firm in Italy.



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