Non-EU students who are staying in in Italy for more than 90 days must apply for a residence permit (permesso di soggiorno) no later than 8 working days from their arrival in Italy.
How to obtain the Permit of stay for study reasons:
First, you need to complete the yellow kit available at Post Offices with the Sportello Amico service. However, you will receive a yellow kit from the LUISS Welcome Desk during welcome day. Once completed, you can deliver the kit to the authorized post offices, along with the following documentation:
- your passport
- a copy of all pages of your passport, blank pages included
- a copy of the letter of acceptance to your degree course/ program
- a copy of your health insurance policy, valid on Italian territory and for the entire duration of the residence permit you have applied for
At the post office you will be given a receipt with user id and password, with which you can check the status of your application.
The receipt includes information on the date when you will have to go to the Police Headquarters (Questura) to submit the second part of your application. It is very important that you keep this receipt with you at all the time, since it will allow you to stay legally in Italy until you will obtain the official permit of stay (permesso di soggiorno). Moreover, the receipt will allow you to keep track of the status of your request through the user ID and password indicated, by consulting the Immigration website, under the Area riservata stranieri section.
The Immigration Office will contact the student by priority mail to set up an appointment to submit the below documentation and in order to have your fingerprint taken. The Immigration Office’s address at Police Headquarters (Questura) is: Via San Vitale 15 – 00184, Rome.
To proceed you will need:
- the priority mail the Immigration Office sent you (the receipt given by the post office is enough)
- your passport
- a photocopy of all pages of your passport, blank pages included
- 4 recent passport-size photographs
- a copy of the letter of acceptance to your degree course or program
- a copy of you health insurance policy, valid on Italian territory and for the entire duration of the residence permit you have applied for
A second appointment will be set up to collect the electronic Residence Permit. Please note that obtaining the Permit generally takes from 2 to 3 months and you need to return to the Police Office (Questura) in Via San Vitale 15 to collect it when it is ready.
The cost of obtaining your residence permit, duty stamps included, is approximately €160.
Please consider the main differences (and different purpose) between a student visa and a residence permit.