Stays over 90 days

European Union Nationals

To stay in Italy for more than 90 days, you need to be registered on the “Temporary Residents Register” (Schedario della popolazione temporanea) at the Town Hall Registry Office (Ufficio Anagrafe del Comune).

The University offices will support you with the registration process.

  What you need

  • your passport or other valid identity document;
  • your tax identification number (codice fiscale);
  • attendance certificate;
  • proof of sufficient funds to support yourself;
  • proof of health insurance;
  • a rental contract or other proof of accommodation;
  • a €16 marca da bollo (duty stamp);

Non-European Union nationals

Non-European Union nationals or stateless people need a residence permit for study purposes if they want to attend University courses for more than three months.

To obtain a residence permit for study purposes, students enrolled on a University course or in a secondary school will need a student visa.

Application for the permit must be made within 8 working days of arrival in Italy; however, if you are required to self-isolate as prescribed by travelling and health regulations, you have to count the 8 working days starting from the end of your quarantine (14 days).

The first permit is valid for one year.

When you obtain your residence permit for study purposes, you are allowed to work for a maximum of 20 hours per week. The hours are accumulative, but over the 52-week period must not exceed an annual total of 1,104 hours. 

  What you need

  • 4 passport-size photos on a white background; bring these to your first appointment at police headquarters (Questura)
  • a €16 marca da bollo (duty stamp)
  • a photocopy of your passport or identity document (main page and any pages bearing stamps or visas);
  • a photocopy of any student permits issued by a EU Member State belonging to the Schengen Area;
  • a photocopy of a valid insurance policy to provide health or accident cover for the duration of your residence permit in Italy;
  • a photocopy of the certificate attesting either enrolment for the current academic year or activity carried out at the University;
  • confirmation of your accommodation - issued by the service in charge/ house contract + comunicazione di ospitalità
  • a photocopy of documents attesting adequate financial resources for the duration of your residence permit in Italy (e.g. study grant declaration or bank statement).


Students can go to the SAOS for free help with filling in the application forms. A “kit” containing the requisite forms is available in all post offices or directly from SAOS.

NB: it will take one month from the date of your first appointment for the electronic residence permit to be issued, if the application is successful. In any case, the permit will be issued for the length of your health insurance and for no longer than one year. To extend your stay in Italy, you will need to start the renewal process in good time, i.e. three months before it expires.


  • a €16 marca da bollo (duty stamp) on sale at tobacconists' (tabaccheria).

When you present your application at the post office, you will need to pay:

  • €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 Office (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 RegistryOffice, or the Italian National Health Service:

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

Please check our tutorial on how to apply for the residence permit.

First Appointment at Police Headquarters (Questura)

You will need the following documents:

  • 4 passport-size photographs;
  • the original copies of the documents you sent with the kit;
  • your passport;
  • the receipts for your permit application.

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 telling you when you can collect it. To collect the permit from the Questura, you will need to bring:

  • your passport;
  • the receipts for your permit application.

SAOS - Servizio Accoglienza Ospiti Stranieri

Palazzo Bo, via 8 febbraio 2 - 35122 Padova
Front office: by appointment only, to be arranged by email