THE DOCUMENTS NON-EU NATIONALS WILL NEED IN ORDER TO APPLY FOR THE RESIDENCE PERMIT ARE:
- application form
- a valid passport, or another equivalent document with a visa, where required
- a photocopy of the document
- 4 recent and identical passport photos
- a € 16.00 telematic mark
- the documentation relevant to the type of permit one is applying for
- the relevant fee (€ 80-€ 200) (€ 80 for residence permits from 3 months to a year; € 100 for residence permits from 1 to 2 years, € 200 for permanent residence permits)
THESE CATEGORIES ARE FREE OF CHARGE:
- non-EU nationals under 18 years old whose papers are in full order
- non-EU minors entering Italy to reunite with their families
- non-EU nationals entering Italy for medical treatments and those accompanying them
- non-EU nationals applying for or renewing the permit due to asylum, subsidiary protection or humanitarian reasons
- non-EU nationals applying for the renewal or conversion of a valid residence permit
Those already in Italy and in possession of an expiring permit will have to apply for renewal at least 60 days before its expiry date.
THE VALIDITY OF THE RESIDENCE PERMIT IS THE SAME AS THE ENTRY VISA:
- up to 6 months for seasonal work and up to 9 months for seasonal work for those sectors requiring this kind of extension
- up to 1 year for the attendance of a course or professional training which must be documented
- up to 2 years for self-employed work, for permanent employment and for family reunions
NON-EU NATIONALS WAITING FOR THE RENEWAL OF THE PERMIT CAN ALSO LEAVE ITALY AND REENTER IF IN POSSESSION OF:
- a receipt from the Poste Italiane S.p.A. (The Italian Postal Service) proving that the application form for the renewal of the residence permit has been sent
- an expired permit
- a passport or other equivalent document
- they leave and come back to Italy from an Italian border. Non-EU nationals can fly to their countries and return to Italy with a direct flight only (no stopover in other Schengen countries)
Should the airplane stop in non-Schengen countries, the person will beforehand contact the relevant diplomatic authorities (embassy or consulate) of the countries in question, or a tourist operator, regarding the possibility of people from their country transiting through that specific country
- the person is able to show their passport or an equivalent document with an entry visa clearly stating the reasons of their permanent residency (employment, self-employment or family reunion) in addition to the receipt from the Italian Postal Service
- the journey does not involve transit through other Schengen countries, as forbidden by law
Under the same conditions, easier terms apply to those who have applied for their first residence permit for employment, self-employment, or family reunion.
Those with children younger than 14 years of age can apply for atemporary paper (or hardcopy) residence permit with short term validity at the Questura (Police Headquarters). The document will clearly display the name of the underage children that will be allowed to temporarily leave Italy.
CONVERSION OF RESIDENCE PERMIT
Non-EU nationals are allowed to work after having applied to the relevant Questura for the conversions of their own residence document. This situation is allowed only under specific circumstances and the number of permitted cases is limited.
IF IN POSSESSION OF A STUDENT RESIDENCE PERMIT, NON-EU NATIONALS CAN:
- be employed after having acquired authorization from the relevant Sportello Unico Immigrazione (one-stop-shop for immigration), and having had their permits converted by the relevant Questura
- become self-employed after the necessary assessment of the requirements for foreigners entering the country for self-employment is carried out and after having their permit converted.
IF IN POSSESSION OF A RESIDENCE PERMIT FOR SEASONAL WORK, NON-EU NATIONALS CAN:
- be permanently employed with subsequent conversion of the residence permit, provided the year before they had obtained a residence permit for seasonal work and, once this had expired, had returned to their countries.