Permit of Stay

Depending on your country of origin, the Italian Government asks you to register your presence in the territory or apply for a formal permit of stay to the local authorities.
 
If you are an EU citizen, you do not require a residence permit, but you have to register with the local “Ufficio Anagrafe” (civil records office). You can book an appointment on the website > Servizi online > Servizi Anagrafici > Residenza stranieri.
You can also go the the YesMilano One-stop shop to ask for assistance on this step.
 
If you are a non EU citizen, you must ask for a permit of stay within 8 days from your arrival.
 
First Permit of Stay
sportello amico

Non-EU citizens who decide to stay in Italy for more than 3 months must request a “permesso di soggiorno”. Permesso di Soggiorno (permit of stay) is a legal requirement for anyone coming to live in Italy. As a student, you will have to submit a request for a study permit of stay. Other than allowing you to study, it will also allow you to work for up to 20 hours a week.

Process

You can ask for the application kit by going in person to a Sportello Amico Post Office (ones marked with a “Sportello Amico” logo) and presenting your passport. At this help desk you will obtain, fill out and submit the yellow application kit.      
Note that in order to submit the application form at the Post Office, you must also purchase a revenue stamp (called “Marca da Bollo”) at any “Tabaccheria” (a tobacconist shop marked with a “T” sign on the outside), located throughout the City. The “Marca da Bollo” has to be affixed to the application form to be submitted.

Upon submission of the kit, you will receive a receipt as well as the time, date and place for your fingerprinting appointment with the local branch of the Italian national police (“Questura”), which is the next stage of your Permesso di Soggiorno application. 
Please note: until your Permesso di Soggiorno is issued, your application kit receipt will act as proof of your legal immigration registration and status, so keep with you at all times. Also, obtain and keep a copy of the application kit forms, as they will be needed in the next step of the process, fingerprinting at the Questura.
After the appointment, it may take anywhere from several weeks to several months for issuance of your Permesso di Soggiorno. You will receive SMS notification of the date, time, and place that your Permesso di Soggiorno is ready for pickup. In the interim, you will continue to use your application kit receipt as proof of your legal immigration registration and status.

For information on costs and required documentation please check the YesMilano booklet,

Valid For: three months to one year

Renewal of the Permit of Stay

The permit of stay must be renewed at least 60 days before it expires.

Upon first renewal, the new Permesso di Soggiorno is valid for one year. The process, costs, and requirements for a second renewal of the Permesso di Soggiorno are the same, with the additional need to provide a photocopy of your academic transcript from your university in Milano demonstrating that you have successfully passed at least two exams during the validity period of your current Permesso di Soggiorno. 

Remember that for this you need to ask to the Student’s office of your course of study a “Certificato con marca da bollo” which is the only official certificate accepted. For more information you can visit this website (available only in italian).

Process
You can ask for the application kit by going in person to a Sportello Amico Post Office (ones marked with a “Sportello Amico” logo) and presenting your passport. Here you will obtain, fill out and submit the Modulo 1‐ Form 1 of the yellow striped envelope application/kit for NON‐EU citizens (available at the Post Office free of charge)  
Note that in order to submit the application form at the Post Office, you must also purchase a revenue stamp (called “Marca da Bollo”) at any “Tabaccheria” (a tobacconist shop marked with a “T” sign on the outside), located throughout the City. The “Marca da Bollo” has to be affixed to the application form to be submitted.

After submitting the documents to the Post Office, the applicant should receive 2 documents: 
A ricevuta (mod.22A, registered letter receipt) with the user ID and password needed to check the state of progress of the application online 
A letter with the appointment date and time at the Police Station, Questura, for the final step in the procedure (if this letter is not given to the applicant at the Post Office it will be sent later on as certified mail, raccomandata*, to the applicant's address in Italy.)

*This does not always happen; frequently check your status here or at the immigration office link for your appointment (using your user ID and password found on your receipt ("ricevuta").

REMEMBER to bring both, original and photocopies of ALL your documents to the appointment at the “Questura”

If you need further assistance on preparing your kit you can go the YesMilano One-stop shop or ask to our welcome desk.

We have prepared a quick guide for you on the compilation of the permit of stay kit. Please check it out:

by Area della formazione, last updated on 06/10/2020