Renewing the residence permit

You will need to renew your residence permit if you want to prolong your stay in Italy. Application to renew must be made at least 90 days before the permit runs out.

  What you need

  • 4 passport-size photos on a white background, to bring to the first appointment at Police Headquarters (Questura);
  • a €16 marca da bollo (duty stamp);
  • a photocopy of your passport or another document (main page and other pages with stamps or visas);
  • a photocopy of health and accident insurance, valid in Italy, for the period covered by the residence permit;
  • a photocopy of the research contract and the Welcome Convention;
  • a photocopy of wage slips for the past three months;
  • copy of documents attesting accomodation:  ESU contract or house contract + recent hospitality or, in case of hospitality without contract, hospitality form+ proprety act or visura catastale


For help with the application, you may use the services of the International Office (SAOS) free-of-charge. The forms contained in the kit are available in all post offices or directly from SAOS.

NB: The Questura takes at least one month from the date of the first appointment to issue the electronic residence permit, if the application is accepted. In any case, the residence permit will be valid for the period of validity of health insurance cover and for no more than one year.  


A €16 marca da bollo (duty stamp).

To pay at the post office when presenting the application:

  • €30 for the service;
  • €70.46 for the issue of a one-year electronic residence permit.

Presenting the application

You must present the application in an open envelope at the Padova Central Post (Corso Garibaldi, 25), together with your passport, or another identity document. You will be given a three-page receipt which must be carefully conserved; you will need it if you register with the Town Hall’s Registry Office, or the Italian National Health Service. You will need:

  • the receipt;
  • the communication of the date of your first appointment at Police Headquarters (Questura);
  • the postal order proving payment of the application costs.

First appointment at the Questura

You will need the following documents:

  • 4 passport-size photos;
  • original copies of the documents sent with the kit;
  • your passport (original);
  • the receipts for your permit application;
  • your expired/expiring residence permit (original).

Collecting the permit

The receipt contains two personal code numbers (User Id and Password) which enable you to follow the state of your application at

When the permit is ready, the Questura will send you a text message informing you of when you can collect it. To collect the permit from the Questura, you will need to bring:

  • your passport (original);
  • the receipts for your permit application;
  • your expiring/expired residence permit (original).

SAOS - Servizio Accoglienza Ospiti Stranieri

Palazzo Bo, via VIII Febbraio 2, 35122 Padova
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