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Obtaining Residence Permit in Italy

Obtaining Residence Permit in Italy

Updated on Monday 29th May 2017

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Obtaining-Residence-Permit-in-ItalyStarting from 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 eight days from their arrival in Italy. Citizens holding an Italian Uniform Schengen Visa are not required to submit the declaration of presence. Our team of Italian lawyers can offer legal assistance for the legal procedure of receiving a residence permit in this country. 

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 of the valid passport,
  • copies of 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 of the last year’s paychecks.

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

Residence permits in Italy for corporate situations

Foreign investors who want to open a company in Italy can obtain a residence permit in specific situations. Foreigners may set up an Italian limited liability company following the legal procedures. At the same time, they may register a branch office or a representative office of a foreign company.

In these particular situations, the legal framework stipulate that a representative of the foreign company may apply for an intra-company transfer residence permit.

Investors may also obtain a startup residence permit, which was established under the local legislation for the registration of startup companies that provide innovative products or services. In this case, the minimum investment is established at EUR 50,000.

Persons who want to enter the Italian workforce can apply for a European Blue Card, issued for employees with a high level of skills in a designated field of activity. The applicant should provide evidence on an university graduation certificate.

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 six to nine 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.



  • Daniel 2017-05-29

    Interesting article!

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