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The SAOS Desk has organised - every Thursday at 12.00PM (Italian time) - a series of Zoom webinars ( focused on entry procedures, visas and residence permit requests.

The webinars are scheduled as follows:

  • 17 September
  • 24 September
  • 1 October
  • 8 October
  • 15 October
  • 22 October
  • 29 October
  • 5 November
  • 12 November

IMPORTANT NOTICE - since containment measures related to COVID-19 pandemic have been extended, please note that:

  1. The Post Office is currently handing out forms that do not concern students and researchers. Please ignore them!
  2. Residence permits expired in Italy after 31st January are valid until 31st August; if your residence permit expired abroad, you should contact the Italian Embassy to apply for a re-entry visa
  3. You can renew your residence permit: to do so, please withdraw a kit at the Poste Italiane Office. If you need help in filling out the application form, please contact SAOS (
    SAOS office is available by email only (; it also attends all international students' zoom meetings, scheduled every Friday at 12.00
  4. FAQs are available both for degree-seekers and for incoming students

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SAOS is a welcome desk which assists incoming international students and scholars (researchers, visiting professors, experts) in organising and completing the most important procedures for their legal stay in Italy:

  • entry and stay in Italy
  • residence permit: first application, renewal and transfer/conversion
  • family reunification
  • public health assistance

Thanks to a special agreement with the Immigration Office of the local Police Station, SAOS provides support during the application process for residence permit.

It also gives general information on public and private services offered by the city and within the University, and keeps in touch with the local Employment Department and the Sportello Unico/UTG Padova, where foreign workers submit all the papers needed for them to settle their working status.

SAOS Desk offers specific support to University Departments willing to host foreign researchers for a working period.

Professors, researchers and staff may request an appointment with SAOS Desk. This service is not available for students and PhD candidates, who can visit SAOS Desk during opening hours.

SAOS - Servizio Accoglienza Ospiti Stranieri

Palazzo Bo, via 8 febbraio 2 - 35122 Padova
tel. +39 049 827 3077, fax +39 049 827 3203
Front office: by appointment only, to be arranged by email