Residence permit for study purposes

A permit is necessary in order to attend university courses for a period longer than 3 months (90 days). Activation occurs within 8 days of entering Italy. The duration is for at least 6 weeks from the date of sending the application. The permit is for a maximum of one year.

In the event that foreign students have not yet completed the enrolment procedure for whatever reason, and been accepted by the university on a provisional basis they can demonstrate that they are enrolled for a new course by presenting the renewal application together with documents certifying provisional acceptance pending completion of the actual enrolment documentation, which must then also be presented to confirm the student’s enrolment status.

 

  • Procuring the forms
    The forms, contained in a special kit, are available from all Post Offices. The forms must be completed using block capitals and in black ink, writing strictly within the spaces indicated. If help is required with filling in the forms, the student can request assistance free of charge from the SAOS (see below)
  • Presenting the application
    The application forms must be placed in an unsealed envelope and presented by the student at an authorized Post Office. Foreign students must show a passport or other equivalent document for identification purposes, when presenting the application at the post office counter.
    The post office counter clerk will give the applicant:
    - a receipt for the application, which must be kept and can be used subsequently for registration with the municipal records office and the Health Service. Two personal identification codes will be printed on the receipt (user id and password), which allow the applicant to check on the progress of the application, either connecting to www.portaleimmigrazione.it or visiting questure.poliziadistato.it/stranieri/?mime=1&lang=IT to find out whether the residence permit is ready for collection;
    - indication of the date when he/she must report to Police Headquarters (Immigration desk) for a first interview, taking 4 photographs plus a further copy of the documents already sent with the kit. The applicant’s fingerprints will also be taken during this interview.
  • Photographic identification
    The day of the visit to Police Headquarters (first interview), the student must bring the following documents:
    - 4 passport size photographs with white background;
    - copy of the documents already sent with the application kit;
    - Passport (original);
    - Post Office receipt for the application kit.
  • Collecting the permit
    Having checked on the Polizia di Stato website that the permit is ready, the student must go to the SAOS office to set a date for a second interview at Police Headquarters, when the permit can be collected. To arrange the second interview, the student must bring the following documents to the SAOS:
    - Passport (original);
    - Post Office receipt for the application kit.
    To collect the residence permit, the student must bring the following documents to Police Headquarters:
    - Passport (original);
    - Post Office receipt for the application kit;
    - Letter indicating date/time of appointment.

N.B.: The electronic residence permit will be issued by Police Headquarters no earlier than 4 weeks after the date of the interview, provided that all statutory requirements and conditions have been met. In any event, the residence permit is issued for a duration corresponding to the period for which healthcare cover is provided, and under no circumstances longer than 1 year. To remain in Italy thereafter, students must make certain to renew their residence permit in plenty of time, presenting the application for renewal at least 2 months before the current permit expires.

  • Costs
    - 1 Italian revenue stamp (marca da bollo)
    - payments of € 30.00 (service charge) and € 70,46 (issue of electronic residence permit) remitted using preprinted payment slips at the time of presenting the application.

  Documentation required

Both first application and renewal:

  • Application filled in and signed by the interested party (Form 1)
  • 4 passport size photographs with white background, to be presented when interviewed at Police Headquarters (Immigration desk)
  • 1 Italian revenue stamp (marca da bollo)
  • photocopy of passport or other equivalent document (title page and VISA pages)
  • photocopy of an insurance policy valid throughout Italy for the duration of the residence permit, covering the insured against the risk of illness and/or injury

 

First application only:

photocopy of certificate indicating the course of studies to be undertaken, certified by the Italian Diplomatic / Consular Representative at the moment the entry visa is issued;

In the case of students possessing a residence permit for study purposes issued by a European Union member State within the Schengen area:
Documentation confirming participation in an EU or bilateral exchange programme agreed with the student’s country of origin, or certifying permission to reside for study purposes in a member country of the EU for at least 2 years (this documentation is not required in the case of a foreign student whose study programme states that a part of the selfsame programme will be carried out in Italy);
Documentation originating from the academic authorities in the country of the EU where the individual studied previously, certifying that the new programme of studies to be completed in Italy is complementary to the programme already completed.

Renewal only:

  • photocopy of the documentation certifying to the availability of adequate financial resources for the validity period of the residency permit. The working student may supply proof of income by filling in Modulo 2;
  • pnotocopy of the documentation attesting that the students has passed one exam in the first year of the course or at least two exams in subsequent years. Permits can also be renewed for students who pass only one exam, if prevented from taking the second by serious health issues or events beyond their control, which must be duly documented.

  Renewal of the residence permit

The permit is renewable year by year (no more more than three years above the duration of the study course) in the case of multi-year courses, provided that students have:

  • passed one exam in the first year of the course;
  • passed at least two exams in subsequent years.

Permits can also be renewed for students who pass only one exam, if prevented from taking the second by serious health issues or events beyond their control, which must be duly documented. The residency permit for study reasons may only be renewed if the entry visa was issue to attend a study course of more than one year in length.
Activation occurs at least 60 days before the expiration date. The duration is for at least 6 weeks from the date of sending the application. The permit is for a maximum of one year.

How to renew the residence permit

  • Presenting the application
    The application forms must be placed in an unsealed envelope and presented by the student at an authorized Post Office. Foreign students must show a passport or other equivalent document for identification purposes, when presenting the application at the post office counter.
    The post office counter clerk will give the applicant:
    - a receipt for the application, which must be kept and can be used subsequently for registration with the municipal records office and the Health Service. Two personal identification codes will be printed on the receipt (user id and password), which allow the applicant to check on the progress of the application, either connecting to www.portaleimmigrazione.it or visiting questure.poliziadistato.it/stranieri/?mime=1&lang=IT to find out whether the residence permit is ready for collection;
    - indication of the date when he/she must report to Police Headquarters (Immigration desk) for a first interview, taking 4 photographs plus a further copy of the documents already sent with the kit. The applicant’s fingerprints will also be taken during this interview.
  • Photographic identification
    The day of the visit to Police Headquarters (first interview), the student must bring the following documents:
    - 4 passport size photographs with white background;
    - copy of the documents already sent with the application kit;
    - Passport (original);
    - Post Office receipt for the application kit.
  • Collecting the permit
    Having checked on the Polizia di Stato website that the permit is ready, the student must go to the SAOS office to set a date for a second interview at Police Headquarters, when the permit can be collected. To arrange the second interview, the student must bring the following documents to the SAOS:
    - Passport (original);
    - Post Office receipt for the application kit.
    To collect the residence permit, the student must bring the following documents to Police Headquarters:
    - Passport (original);
    - Post Office receipt for the application kit;
    - Letter indicating date/time of appointment.

N.B.: The electronic residence permit will be issued by Police Headquarters no earlier than 4 weeks after the date of the interview, provided that all statutory requirements and conditions have been met. In any event, the residence permit is issued for a duration corresponding to the period for which healthcare cover is provided, and under no circumstances longer than 1 year. To remain in Italy thereafter, students must make certain to renew their residence permit in plenty of time, presenting the application for renewal at least 2 months before the current permit expires.

  Conversion of the residence permit for study purposes

A residence permit for study purposes can be converted to:

  Working

The holder of a residence permit issued for study or training purposes is allowed to work for a duration of no more than 20 hours per week, which can be organized as convenient over the fifty-two weeks of the year provided that the annual limit of 1040 hours is not exceeded.

When their residence permit for study purposes expires, students who have completed a PhD or second level masters degree in Italy

can:

 

  Italian provisions concerning residence permits

  1. Circolare n. 4820 del 27 agosto 2009 del Ministero dell'Interno "Legge 15 luglio 2009, n. 94 , recante "Disposizioni in materia di sicurezza pubblica";
  2. Artt. 5, 6, 18 comma 5, 28 comma 1, 29, 30,34 comma 4 lettera a) , 39 del D. Lgs. n. 286 del 25 luglio 1998 “Testo unico delle disposizioni concernenti la disciplina dell'immigrazione e norme sulla condizione dello straniero” e successive modifiche e integrazioni";
  3. Artt. 1, 14, 39 comma 9, 42, 44-bis, 46 del D.P.R. n. 394 del 31 agosto 1999 “Regolamento recante norme di attuazione del testo unico delle disposizioni concernenti la disciplina dell'immigrazione e norme sulla condizione dello straniero, a norma dell'articolo 1, comma 6, del decreto legislativo 25 luglio 1998, n. 286”, come modificato dal D.P.R. 334 del 18/10/2004;
  4. Convenzione stipulata tra il Ministero dell'Interno e Poste Italiane SPA;
  5. Art. 39 comma 4 - bis della Legge n. 3 del 16 gennaio 2003 "Disposizioni ordinamentali in materia di pubblica amministrazione", come modificato dall'art. 1 - quinquies della Legge n. 271 del 12 novembre 2004;
  6. Regolamento CE n. 1030 del 13 giugno 2002 "Istituzione di un modello uniforme per i permessi di soggiorno rilasciati a cittadini di paesi terzi";
  7. Decreto del Ministro dell'Economia e delle Finanze di concerto del Ministro dell'Interno del 4 aprile 2006 "Determinazione dell'importo delle spese da porre a carico dei soggetti richiedenti il permesso di soggiorno elettronico”;
  8. Decreto del Ministro dell'Interno del 12 ottobre 2005 "Importo dell'onere a carico dell'interessato per il rilascio e rinnovo dei permessi e della carta di soggiorno nell'ambito della convenzione, stipulata ai sensi dell'articolo 39, comma 4 - bis, della legge 16 dicembre 2003, n.3".


Family: entry procedures, visas and residence permits

  Family Unity

This is required where persons need to stay in Italy for family reasons.
The permit is issued to a foreign national in possession of a valid residence permit, within 1 year of expiry, who has a spouse or family members in Italy, EU or non-EU, meeting the criteria for family reunification.

The duration of a residence permit issued for family reasons is the same as for a residence permit held by a foreign family member meeting the criteria for reunification, and the two are renewable together.
It allows the holder to take up salaried employment or self-employment (provided that the individual is not under the legal working age), to register with an employment exchange, and to enrol for study and professional training courses.

Holders of a residence permit issued for family reasons are bound to register with the National Health Service; they are treated equally and have exactly the same rights and obligations as Italian citizens in terms of contributions, and of the care delivered by the National Health Service in Italy and the period of cover.
In the event of the death of a family member meeting the criteria for reunification, and in the event of legal separation or divorce or, in the case of children unable to stay in Italy for an extended period, on reaching eighteen years of age, a residence permit issued for family reasons can be converted to a residence permit for salaried employment, self-employment or study purposes, provided that the individual is not under the legal working age.

Activation
The application should be made within 1 year of the expiry of the family member's tourist visa. In the case of countries with no tourist visa, the term lapses after one year following the expiry of 90 days from the date of entry into Italy.
N.B. It is advisable in any event to activate the procedure before the expiry of the tourist visa.
Duration: at least 6 weeks from the date of sending the application.

Requirements

  • Legally resident in the country and meeting the criteria for family reunification;
  • Legally resident in the country with whatever kind of permit for at least one year and married in Italy to an Italian citizen or to a citizen of another EU member state, or to a foreign citizen legally resident in Italy;
  • Family member legally resident in the country, meeting the criteria for family reunification with an Italian citizen or a citizen of another EU member state resident in Italy.

Requirements for foreign family member already in Italy

  1. Availability of accommodation responding to health and hygiene requirements and acceptable living standards, as verified by the competent municipal authorities.
  2. Receipt of gross annual income, already earned or presumed, deriving from legitimate sources, not less than:
  • € 8,024.84 for reunification of 1 dependent family member;
  • € 10,699.79 for reunification of 2 dependent family members;
  • € 13,374.74 for reunification of 3 dependent family members;
  • € 16,049.69 for reunification of 4 dependent family members.

N.B.:

  • for the reunification of 2 or more children under the age of 14 or the reunification of 2 or more relatives of the holders who have subsidiary protection status, a minimum income of not less than twice the annual social allowance is required (€ 10,699.78).
  • for the reunification of 1 family member and 2 or more children under the age of 14, an income of at least € 13,374.74 is required.
  • when determining income, account must also be taken of any dependent family members reunited previously, and of children born in Italy who are already named in the residence permit.
  • the income of the applicant can be combined with the income generated by co-habiting family members.

Documentation required

  1. Postal kit (Form 1) filled in at the SAOS office and signed by the interested party;
  2. 4 passport size photographs with white background, to be presented when interviewed at Police Headquarters (Immigration desk);
  3. 1 revenue stamp for € 14.62;
  4. photocopy of passport or other equivalent document (title page and VISA pages);
  5. registry documents demonstrating the family connection (if the documentation is in a foreign language, it must be translated, legalized and validated by Italian diplomatic/consular representatives in the applicant’s country of origin, unless specified differently under international agreements;
  6. photocopy of the income tax declaration of the foreign family member with whom unity is requested, or INPS bulletins in the case of home help or carer status;
  7. certification (original) issued by the competent municipal offices, regarding the availability of accommodation responding to health and hygiene requirements and acceptable living standards.

Procedure

Procuring the forms
The forms, contained in a special kit, are available from all Post Offices. The forms must be completed using block capitals and in black ink, writing strictly within the spaces indicated.
If help is required with filling in the forms, the student can request assistance free of charge from the SAOS (Servizio Accoglienza Ospiti Stranieri – Foreign Guests Acceptance Service) at Palazzo del Bo, via VIII Febbraio 1848, n° 2.

Presenting the application
The forms must be placed in an unsealed envelope and presented by the applicant at an authorized Post Office.
Foreign nationals must show a passport or other equivalent document for identification purposes, when presenting the application at the post office counter.
The post office counter clerk will give the applicant:

  • a receipt for the application, which must be kept and can be used subsequently for registration with the municipal records office and the Health Service. Two personal identification codes will be printed on the receipt (user id and password), which allow the applicant to check on the progress of the application, either connecting to www.portaleimmigrazione.it or visiting questure.poliziadistato.it/stranieri/?mime=1&lang=EN to find out whether the residence permit is ready for collection;
  • indication of the date when he/she must report to Police Headquarters (Immigration desk) for a first interview, taking 4 photographs plus a further copy of the documents already sent with the kit. The applicant’s fingerprints will also be taken during this interview.

Photographic identification
The day of the visit to Police Headquarters (first interview), the student must bring the following documents:

  • 4 passport size photographs with white background;
  • copy of the documents already sent with the application kit;
  • passport (original);
  • Post Office receipt for the application kit.

Collecting the permit
Having checked on the Polizia di Stato website that the permit is ready, the student must go to the SAOS office to set a date for a second interview at Police Headquarters, when the permit can be collected.
To arrange the second interview, the student must bring the following documents to the SAOS:

  • passport (original);
  • Post Office receipt for the application kit.

    To collect the residence permit, the student must bring the following documents to Police Headquarters:

  • passport (original);
  • Post Office receipt for the application kit;
  • letter indicating date/time of appointment.

N.B. The electronic residence permit will be issued by Police Headquarters no earlier than 4 weeks after the date of the interview, provided that all statutory requirements and conditions have been met. In any event, the residence permit is issued for a duration corresponding to the period for which healthcare cover is provided, and under no circumstances longer than 1 year. To remain in Italy thereafter, students must make certain to renew their residence permit in plenty of time, presenting the application for renewal at least 2 months before the current permit expires.

Costs

  • 1 revenue stamp for € 14.62;
  • payments of € 30.00 (service charge) and € 27.50 (issue of electronic residence permit) remitted using preprinted payment slips at the time of presenting the application.

  Authorization for family reunification

Authorization is essential in order to obtain a visa for family reunification and subsequently a residence permit issued for family reasons.

Activation: at any time

Duration: about 180 days from presentation of the application.

Requirements for foreign nationals seeking reunification
1. possession of EC residence permit for long-term stay or current residence permit of not less than 1 year's duration for salaried employment, self-employment, asylum, subsidiary protection, humanitarian reasons (pending conversion to a subsidiary protection permit), study, religious and family reasons, or possession of a residence permit for scientific research irrespective of duration;

2. receipt of gross annual income, already earned or presumed, deriving from legitimate sources, not less than:

  • € 8,137,35 for reunification of 1 dependent family member;
  • € 10,849.8 for reunification of 2 dependent family members;
  • € 13,562.25 for reunification of 3 dependent family members;
  • € 16,274.7 for reunification of 4 dependent family members;

N.B.:

  • for the reunification of 2 or more children under the age of 14 or the reunification of 2 or more relatives of the holders who have subsidiary protection status, a minimum income of not less than twice the annual social allowance is required (€ 10,849.8);
  • for the reunification of 1 family member and 2 or more children under the age of 14, an income of at least € 13,562.25; is required;
    when determining income, account must also be taken of any dependent family members reunited previously, and of children born in Italy who are already named in the residence permit;
    the income of the applicant can be combined with the income generated by co-habiting family members.

3. availability of accommodation responding to health and hygiene requirements and acceptable living standards, as verified by the competent municipal authorities.

Family members eligible for reunification

  • spouse not legally separated and not less than 18 years of age;
  • offspring who are minors, whether of spouse or born out of wedlock provided that the other parent, if alive, has given consent (minors who are adopted or in foster care or custody have the status of offspring);
  • dependent adult offspring, if unable to provide for their own indispensable everyday needs due to a state of health resulting in complete invalidity;
  • dependent parents having no other offspring in their country of origin or extraction, or parents over 65 years of age, if other offspring are unable to provide the necessary support and maintenance for serious health reasons (must be documented).

Documentation

General documentation indicated by the competent Italian diplomatic-consular authority in the country of residence, to be presented at the first interview with the SUI (Sportello Unico d’Immigrazione - Immigration Service).

Documentation regarding accommodation (to be presented at the first interview with the SUI).

  • certification (original) issued by the competent municipal offices, regarding the availability of accommodation responding to health and hygiene requirements and acceptable living standards.
  • if owner of the property, 1 photocopy of the title deed;
  • if tenant, 1 photocopy of the registered rental agreement, drawn up in the name of the applicant for a duration of not less than 6 months (if the agreement has been renewed, a copy of form F23 is required, certifying payment of the annual renewal fee to the Registry Office);
  • if co-tenant, 1 photocopy of the registered rental agreement drawn up for a duration of not less than 6 months (in this instance the consent of the co-tenant is also required (Form S2) together with a copy of the co-tenant’s current identity document and residence permit, if a foreign national);
  • if non-paying occupant, 1 photocopy of the registered free loan agreement;
  • if the applicant is a guest, the application must be accompanied by a declaration from the owner of the property on Form S2 confirming permission for reunified family members to occupy the property as well, and a copy of the signatory’s current identity document (if the rental agreement contains restrictive clauses, the application must be accompanied by a copy of the owner’s current identity document, and the "Owner’s permission" Form, duly filled in);

N.B.: in the case of family reunification in favour only of a minor under the age of 14 the municipal certificate can be replaced by: a declaration of hospitality (original) signed by the owner of the property (Form S1) and 1 copy of the rental/free loan/ownership agreement for a duration of not less than 6 months with effect from the date indicated in Form S1.

Documentation regarding employment/income, to be presented at the first interview with the SUI (Sportello Unico d’Immigrazione - Immigration Service).
N.B.: When determining income, account must also be taken of any dependent family members reunited previously, and of children born in Italy who are already named in the residence permit. Accordingly, where the applicant has already secured authorizations previously, the "previous reunifications declaration" must be attached to the application, together with a copy of the family members’ residence permit.

  • Salaried employment

Declaration by the work provider, indicating the current employer-employee relationship (Form S3, original, signed with all parts filled in), and accompanied by:
1 photocopy of the notice of recruitment sent to the Provincial Employment Centre;
1 photocopy of the last pay packet;
1 photocopy of the applicant’s most recent CUD (Certificato Unico Dipendente) or, if the employment contract is less than 1 year old and the applicant therefore has still made no tax return, the declaration by the work provider must also contain an indication of the presumed income of the employee, using Form S3bis rather than form S3;
1 photocopy of the identity document of the work provider or, if the work provider is a foreign national, a copy of the current residence permit, and if the permit has lapsed, of the receipt confirming renewal.

  • Self-employment

1 photocopy of the most recent tax return (modello Unico) with receipt of filing on-line; if the activity is less than one year old, a statement (original) relating to the entire period, drawn up and signed by the applicant’s accountant;
certificate of registration with the Chamber of Commerce or downloaded extract of entry in the Chamber of Commerce register, and 1 photocopy of municipal licence where required;
1 photocopy of VAT registration certificate.

Documentation certifying family relations
Once authorization for family reunification has been secured, through the SUI, certification demonstrating family relations, matrimony, age of minors and any other record of civil status, translated and legalized, must be presented by the family members (for whom authorization has been secured) to the competent Italian diplomatic-consular authority in the country of origin, at the moment of applying for a visa to enter Italy.

Procedure

Presenting the application
For help with presentation of the application to the SUI (Sportello Unico d’Immigrazione - Immigration Service), the applicant can seek assistance from accredited municipal offices, national employers’ associations, trade union organizations and accredited non-profit agencies.

Collecting the permit
Having received the application, the competent SUI will contact and ask the applicant to appear for the purposes of presenting and authenticating the documentation relative to the availability of the required accommodation and minimum income.
The SUI issues a receipt for the application and the documentation presented.
Having verified whether or not the criteria are met, the SUI will issue or deny the authorization no later than 180 days after the application is received, informing the consular authority accordingly.
Having secured the authorization, the family member for whom reunification has been requested must apply to the competent Italian diplomatic-consular authority in the country of residence for a visa to enter Italy, producing the documentation in which family relations are certified.
The authorization can be used for up to 6 months from the date of issue.

Frequently Asked Questions
1. When presenting the suitability of accommodation certificate issued by the municipal authorities, is the original document required?
Yes.
2. Who issues the suitability of accommodation certificate?
This must be requested by the applicant from the municipal authority for the area in which the dwelling is situated.
3. What document must be produced to show that a rental agreement has been tacitly renewed?
A copy of Form F23 certifying payment of the annual renewal fee to the Registry Office.
4. What information must be presented when declaring the joint income of a co-habiting family member?
Co-habiting family members must indicate their income by providing documentation of salaried or self-employed activity.
5. Where must documentation certifying family relations be presented?
At the moment of applying for a visa to enter Italy, the family member for whom authorization has been requested and secured must present certifications demonstrating family relations, matrimony, age of minors and any other record of civil status, duly translated and legalized, to the competent Italian diplomatic-consular authority in the country of origin.
6. What happens when the required certification is not available, due to problems connected with the competent foreign authority, or is not sufficiently reliable?
The diplomatic service in (or having jurisdiction in) the country of origin of the family members will issue the documentation on the basis of DNA tests carried out at the expense of the interested parties.
7. How can the state of health of dependent adult offspring be documented?
Through certification issued, at the expense of the applicant, by a doctor appointed through the competent Italian diplomatic-consular service in the country of origin of the family members for whom reunification has been requested.
8. How is the authorization issued?
Having checked that the documentation is complete and in order, the SUI (Sportello Unico d’Immigrazione - Immigration Service) will contact and ask the applicant to appear, bringing a revenue stamp for € 14.62. The applicant will also be handed a written communication with the telephone number of the SUI to contact for the subsequent interview of the family member at the same office in order to arrange a residence permit, within 8 days of entering Italy.
9. For how long does the authorization remain valid?
The authorization can be used for up to 6 months from the date of issue.
10. Can the authorization be collected by a person other than the applicant?
Yes. A note of instruction is required, together with copies of the identity documents of the applicant and of the person deputizing.
11. Having secured the authorization, what does the foreign applicant do next?
The document must be sent to the country of origin of the family member, who will then approach the Italian diplomatic or consular service to request the reunification entry visa and present the documentation certifying family relations.
12. Where must the application for a family reunification entry visa be presented?
To the Italian diplomatic or consular services in the foreign applicant’s country of origin or long-term residence.
13. What details must be included in the application for an entry visa, and what documents must be attached?
The application must contain all general details of the family member seeking reunification, together with details of his/her passport or other recognized equivalent travel document (travel document for stateless persons, travel document for refugees, travel pass for foreign nationals unable to obtain a valid travel document from the Authority of their own country, United Nations laissez passer or individual document issued by a NATO Headquarters). The application must be accompanied by the passport or other recognized equivalent travel document, the reunification authorization, and the documentation certifying family relations.
14. When and how is the entry visa delivered?
No later than 30 days following presentation of the application.
15. Are other documents provided by the diplomatic or consular services when issuing the entry visa?
Yes, a communication written in a language understood by the visa applicant, or alternatively in English, French, Spanish or Arabic, explaining the rights and duties of the individual concerning entry and residence in Italy, and the obligation to apply to the SUI (Sportello Unico d’Immigrazione - Immigration Service) for a residence permit no later than 8 days after entering the country.
16. Who must the diplomatic or consular authorities inform that the visa has been issued to the applicant?
Advice is sent to the SUI, electronically.
17. What is the duty of a person or persons acting as host to a foreign national who enters Italy with a family reunification visa?
Send a written communication, within 48 hours, to the local police authority, stating that the foreign or stateless visitor has been given lodging or hospitality or acquired the ownership of real estate, rural or urban, even if the visitor is a relative by blood or affinity. The communication must include general details of the writer and of the foreign national or stateless visitor, the details of the visitor's passport or identity document, the exact location of the property acquired by the visitor, or in which the visitor is housed or accommodated as a guest, and the reason for the communication. Failure to comply is punishable by a fine of between € 160 and € 1,100.
18. By whom and how is the foreign national informed that he/she has been denied an entry visa?
By the diplomatic or consular authorities in a written and reasoned statement, handed to the applicant in person, indicating the procedure for a possible appeal, for example when there are documented convictions of first instance, not least in application of the penalty prescribed by article 444 of the Italian Code of Criminal Procedure, for offences under article 380, paras 1 and 2 of the Italian Code of Criminal Procedure, namely offences concerning drugs, sexual licence, smuggling of illegal migrants into Italy and from Italy to other countries, or for offences concerning the recruitment of persons to be forced into prostitution or the exploitation of prostitution or of minors to be employed in unlawful activities. If the foreign national does not understand the Italian language, the statement is accompanied by a translation in a language he or she is able to understand, or at all events in English, French, Spanish or Arabic according to preferences expressed by the recipient.
19. What must a foreign national do on arrival in Italy with a family reunification visa?
Within 8 days after entering the country, contact the SUI to collect the certificate confirming allocation of a tax code number, and to fill in and sign the form requesting a residence permit for reasons of family reunification; thereafter, a communication will be sent, indicating the time and date established for an interview at Police Headquarters (Immigration desk) for the purposes of photographic identification and fingerprinting, whereupon the residence permit for reasons of family reunification will be issued (or denied).
20. Can foreign nationals with no income apply for a family reunification authorization?
Yes. If an applicant has no income of his/her own, the income of a spouse or of co-habiting family members can be taken into consideration, provided it is sufficient.
21. What identity documents are admissible as alternatives to a passport?
Documents having the same validity as a passport include:
- stateless person’s travel document;
- refugee’s travel document;
- travel pass for foreign nationals (unable to obtain a valid travel document from the Authorities in their own country);
- United Nations laissez passer;
- individual document issued by a NATO Headquarters to military personnel serving with NATO forces;
- seaman's book, issued to seafarers for professional purposes;
- air navigation document;
- identity card allowing foreign travel, for citizens of a European Union state;
- identity card and other documents of citizens in States that are party to the “European Agreement on the Abolition of Passports" (signed in Paris 13/12/1957).
22. Having secured the authorization, what does the foreign family member do next?
Approach the Italian diplomatic or consular representative to present the application for issue of an entry visa, together with documentation received from the applicant family member and documentation certifying the family relationship.

  Residence permit for family reasons

This is needed in order to stay in Italy for family reasons following the issue of an authorization for family reunification or an authorization for accompanying family member.
The duration of a residence permit issued for family reasons is the same as for a residence permit held by a foreign family member meeting the criteria for reunification, and the two are renewable together. It can be renewed. It can be converted to an elective residence permit for foreign nationals having a pension entitlement in Italy.
In the event of the death of a family member meeting the criteria for reunification, and in the event of legal separation or divorce, a residence permit issued for family reasons can be converted to a residence permit for salaried employment, self-employment or study purposes.
In the event of the death of a family member, or of legal separation or divorce, it can be converted to a residence permit for salaried employment, self-employment or study purposes, provided that the individual is not under the legal working age

The residence permit allows the holder to take up salaried employment or self-employment (provided that the individual is not under the legal working age), even without the document being converted or amended. It also allows the holder to enrol for study or professional training courses.

Holders of a residence permit issued for family reasons are bound to register with the National Health Service; they are treated equally and have exactly the same rights and obligations as Italian citizens in terms of contributions, and of the care delivered by the National Health Service in Italy and the period of cover.

NB: A person or persons acting as host to a foreign national who enters Italy with a family reunification visa must send a written communication, within 48 hours, to the local police authority, stating that the foreign or stateless visitor has been given lodging or hospitality or acquired the ownership of real estate, rural or urban, even if the visitor is a relative by blood or affinity. The communication must include general details of the writer and of the foreign national or stateless visitor, the details of the visitor's passport or identity document, the exact location of the property acquired by the visitor, or in which the visitor is housed or accommodated as a guest, and the reason for the communication. Failure to comply is punishable by a fine of between € 160 and € 1,100.

Activation: within 8 days of entering Italy

Duration: at least 6 weeks from the date of sending the application.

Requirements: arrival in Italy with an entry visa for family reunification.

Required documentation

  • 4 passport size photographs with white background, to be presented when interviewed at Police Headquarters (Immigration desk);
  • 1 revenue stamp for € 14.62;
  • photocopy of passport or other equivalent document (title page and VISA pages);
  • registry documents demonstrating the family connection (if the documentation is in a foreign language, it must be translated, legalized and validated by Italian diplomatic/consular representatives in the applicant’s country of origin, unless specified differently under international agreements.

Procedure
Procuring the forms
The foreign applicant must contact the Prefecture of Padua for the purpose of filling in the forms. To this end, an appointment will be fixed by SAOS (Servizio Accoglienza Ospiti Stranieri – Foreign Guests Acceptance Service) at Palazzo del Bo, via VIII Febbraio 1848, n°2.

Presenting the application
The application filled in at the Prefecture and the documents indicated must be placed in an unsealed envelope and presented by the applicant at an authorized Post Offices.
Foreign nationals must show a passport or other equivalent document for identification purposes, when presenting the application at the post office counter. The post office counter clerk will give the applicant:

  • a receipt for the application, which must be kept and can be used subsequently for registration with the municipal records office and the Health Service. Two personal identification codes will be printed on the receipt (user id and password), which allow the applicant to check on the progress of the application, either connecting to www.portaleimmigrazione.it or visiting questure.poliziadistato.it/stranieri/?mime=1&lang=EN to find out whether the residence permit is ready for collection;
  • indication of the date when he/she must report to Police Headquarters (Immigration Desk) for a first interview, taking 4 photographs plus a further copy of the documents already sent with the application. The applicant’s fingerprints will also be taken during this interview.

Photographic identification
The day of the visit to Police Headquarters (first interview), the student must bring the following documents:

  • 4 passport size photographs with white background;
  • copy of the documents already sent with the application kit;
  • passport (original);
  • Post Office receipt for the application kit.

Collecting the permit
Having checked on the Polizia di Stato website that the permit is ready, the student must go to the SAOS office to set a date for a second interview at Police Headquarters (Immigration desk), when the permit can be collected. To arrange the second interview, the student must bring the following documents to the SAOS:

  • passport (original);
  • Post Office receipt for the application kit.

To collect the residence permit, the student must bring the following documents to Police Headquarters (Immigration desk):

  • passport (original);
  • Post Office receipt for the application kit.
  • letter indicating date/time of appointment

N.B. The electronic residence permit will be issued by Police Headquarters no earlier than 4 weeks after the date of the interview, provided that all statutory requirements and conditions have been met. In any event, the residence permit is issued for a duration corresponding to the period for which healthcare cover is provided, and under no circumstances longer than 1 year. To remain in Italy thereafter, students must make certain to renew their residence permit in plenty of time, presenting the application for renewal at least 2 months before the current permit expires.

Costs

  • 1 revenue stamp for € 14.62;
  • payments of € 30.00 (service charge) and € 27.50 (issue of electronic residence permit) remitted using preprinted payment slips at the time of presenting the application.