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Stay in Italy up to 90 days

Declaration of presence

If you are staying in Italy more than 8 working days but no longer than 90 days, you do not have to apply for an Italian stay permit.

  • If you have got your passport stamped in Italy you do not have declare your presence.
  • If you have got your passport stamped in another Schengen country (not Italy) or you do not have any stamp at all, you have to declare your presence within 8 working days from your entrance in the Schengen Area. In order to declare your presence you have to submit the following documents:
    • original of your passport;
    • copy of stamped and written pages of your passport (no blank ones);
    • housing contract on your name (or owner's consent declaration if you are hosted by relatives/friends - see Download box).

You have to go personally to the Immigration Office of the Questura in Trento, Viale Verona 187 (opening times from Monday to Friday, from 8:30 to 12:30 and Thursday afternoon from 15:15 to 17:45). If you live in Rovereto, the relevant Authority is the Immigration Office at the Police Station in Via Sighele 1 (opening times from Monday to Friday, from 8:30 to 12:30 and Thursday afternoon from 15:00 to 17:30).
If you are in Italy for work reasons, you have to apply for your stay permit through the post office, by filling in all the forms needed.

Stay in Italy over 90 days

First application

The first application for the stay permit for study reasons must be submitted in Trento within 8 working days from your arrival in Italy or in a Schengen Country. In order to apply for a stay permit you have to do the following procedures.

1. Fill in the “kit permesso di soggiorno”

The "kit permesso di soggiorno" is an envelope available at the UniTrento or at any Post Office and must be filled as following:

  • fill in the Form 1 ("Modulo 1") in capital letters and with a black pen;
  • stick a 16 euro stamp duty (“marca da bollo”) on the top of the first page;
  • fill in the postal payment slip of euro 70.46 that you will find inside the envelope;

and submit the following documents (also listed in “Required documents for study reasons_First Application" in the Download box):

  • form 1 (also form 2 in case you are working as well as studying) with revenue stamp of 16 euro;
  • copy of stamped/written pages of your passport (NOT the blank ones);
  • copy of the invitation letter or other document stamped (only if possible) by the Italian Embassy/Consulate in your Country, declaring your visit purpose and according to which your visa was issued, or copy of your enrolment certificate to the University of Trento or similar declaration;
  • copy of the health insurance policy (or payment receipt), valid in Italy and for the entire duration of the stay permit;
  • receipt of the postal bulletin of euro 70.46.

Please notice: do not close the envelope!

2. Go to the Post Office

You must personally hand in the open envelope to one of the authorized Post Offices (see list in the Download box). At the desk you will:

  • show your passport;
  • sign form 1;
  • pay the postal bulletins of 70.46 euros;
  • pay post charge of 31.50 euros so that your kit can be sent to the Immigration office (Questura).

You will then receive:

  • a postal receipt;
  • pay receipt of the postal bulletin of 70.46 euros;
  • an appointment letter with day and time you must be at the Immigration office for the stay permit application.

Please notice: do not loose the receipts! You will need them to pick up the stay permit when ready!

3. Go to the Immigration office (Questura)

You must attend the appointment given by the Post Office with the Questura

Before going to the Questura make a copy of all the documents mentioned in the Download box. At the appointment you will be fingerprinted and asked to submit the following documents:

  • your passport (only original is needed);
  • the appointment letter (received at the Post Office);
  • the postal receipts (received at the Post Office);
  • 4 passport-sized photographs with white background;
  • updated original (and copy) of all documents you put in the envelope, that is to say:
    • if you are a matriculated student, the enrolment certificate or, in other cases, a declaration that you are attending a course/carrying out some research, specifying its duration;
    • health insurance policy (or payment receipt), valid in Italy and for the entire duration of the stay permit (you can pay in advance the enrolment to National Health System for the following calendar year);
    • documents about economic means for the entire duration of the stay permit (i.e. 500.00 euro/month for at least 6 months or Opera Universitaria/UniTrento scholarsip statement);
    • housing contract.

Your application will be rejected if some documents are missing!

In order to get a stay permit with the maximum duration (12 months), make sure all the above documents are also valid for 12 months. The Questura will however decide the duration of your stay permit. Once the stay permit is issued, no change of any kind is possible. In case your stay permit is shorter than your study period, you will have to apply for a renewal. 

Should you miss the appointment with Questura:

  • for health reasons, you will have to submit to the Questura a health certificate;
  • because you were abroad for study reasons, you will have to submit to the Questura a declaration by your Professor, or reference office, where it is explained when and why you were abroad. The Welcome Office will not write any further declarations!

For all other reasons the application will be rejected!!

In order to apply to Questura for a new appointment (only on the above documented two cases) you have to go to Questura during opening times (from Monday to Friday, from 8:30 to 12:30 and Thursday afternoon from 15:15 to 17:45 in Trento and from 15:00 to 17:30 in Rovereto), get a number at the entrance and show it to the information desk together with the letter of the missed appointment and the declaration by your supervisor or medical certificate. They will give a new date for the appointment, usually scheduled within the following 3-4 months.

If you are abroad and come to Trento just for the appointment, plan to stay at least 3 working days so that any problems can be discussed with your referent at UniTrento and Questura before you leave. 

 

Integration Agreement (“Accordo di integrazione”)

If you are a new incoming international student staying in Italy at least one year and you are applying for the first Italian stay permit, you must undersign the ‘Integration Agreement’ when you attend the appointment with the Immigration office. The agreement would normally imply that you commit yourself to acquire within 2 years from your arrival: knowledge of Italian language (level A2) and
some basic knowledge of Italian civics. However non-EU students regularly enrolled in an Italian University are now exempted, for the sole purpose of the Integration Agreement fulfillment, from acquiring A2 level of Italian and knowledge of civics. This of course does not exempt students from taking any language test required by UniTrento. If you are interested in learning Italian please note that you can attend Italian courses free of charge at the CLA (the University of Trento Language Centre), up to A2b level. Remember to submit a copy of the Integration Agreement at the time of registration. For further information about courses at CLA please see http://www.cla.unitn.it
If you are an international student arrived in Italy before the 17th March 2015 and you signed the Integration Agreement: you are not required to take the test organized by the Italian Government (neither the exam about Italian civics nor about A2 level of Italian language knowledge). International students who already signed the Integration Agreement should not receive the appointment letter sent by Commissariato del Governo for the test. Should they receive it anyway, they can disregard it.
This of course does not exempt students from taking any language test required by UniTrento.
Although passing the test associated with the Integration Agreement is not compulsory anymore, students are still entitled to attend courses of Italian language (in the way to get a A2b level) free of charge at the CLA (UniTrento Language Centre), in via Verdi 8. For more information about the type of course you can attend at CLA, please email cla [at] unitn.it. Remember to submit a copy of the Integration agreement at the time of registration.

In order to check if your stay permit is ready

Before going to the Questura, check on the Questura's web site if your stay permit is ready by entering the number (“numero pratica”) you will find on the receipt given you by the Questura at the appointment.

When your stay permit is ready, go back to Immigration Office (desk 6), with your passport, all the postal receipts and the receipt issued by the Questura. If you have written your mobile phone number on the stay permit application, you will also receive a text (see sample below) informing you that your stay permit is ready. However, please keep checking online.

 

In order to pick up the stay permit

Go to Desk number 6 at Immigration office, by showing the passport in original and all receipts in your possession (both the postal one and the Questura receipt).
Opening Hours: from Monday to Friday, from 8:30 to 12:30 and Thursday afternoon from 15:15 to 17:45 in Trento and from 15:00 to 17:30 in Rovereto.
Please notice: We inform all the students that when they go to the Immigration Office to collect their stay permit that they HAVE TO CHECK carefully what is written on the stay permit before taking it and before leaving the Office. If on the stay permit there is something wrong (like surname, date of birth, expire date) you have to inform immediately the Officer! Complaint are accepted only if you do it immediately before to collect the stay permit. 

Travelling during your first stay permit application

You can move freely for up to three months in any six-month period within the other Schengen Countries until your visa (provided that it is a MULTY-ENTRY VISA) is valid, even if you have not received the Italian stay permit yet.
The passport and the postal receipt of stay permit application must be shown.
The measures only concern the countries that are part of the Schengen Area. Check carefully which countries belong to the Schengen Area, and which don't.

Renewal of the stay permit

The maximum validity for each stay permit for study reasons is 12 months, provided that all the requirements are fulfilled.
The stay permit can be renewed up to 3 years beyond the length of the study course.

If you are enrolled in a PhD programme, the stay permit can be renewed for a maximum of 1 year beyond the length of the course.

Please notice: never apply for dropping the studies ("rinuncia agli studi") unless you have a work permit, otherwise your stay permit will not be renewed.

Renewal application

Renewal application must be posted BEFORE the expiry date of the permit. 
Please make sure you do not leave the country without having applied for the renewal, since you will not be able to re-enter Italy.

In order to always have a valid stay permit, we suggest you apply for the renewal 5 months before the expiry date.

If you are going to spend a study/internship period abroad for more than 6 months (e.g. Erasmus/Internship), at the time of renewing the stay permit, you have to submit these extra documents (in addition to the usual documents listed in the Download box):

  • a certificate stating that the study period abroad is part of your curriculum of your study course (certificate to be asked to the relevant office at UniTrento);
  • a copy of the foreign stay permit or declaration of presence that proves your regular stay in the host country.

Fill in the “kit permesso di soggiorno”

The "kit permesso di soggiorno" is an envelope available at the UniTrento or at the Post office and must be filled as following:

  • fill in Form 1 ("Modulo 1") in capital letters and with a black pen;
  • stick a 16 euros stamp duty (marca da bollo) on the top of the first page;
  • fill in the postal payment slip of euros 70.46 inserted in the envelope;

and contain the following documentation (also listed in “Required documents for study reasons_First Application" in the Download box):

  • form 1 (also form 2 if you are working as well as studying) with revenue stamp of 16 euros;
  • copy of stamped/written pages of your passport (NOT the white ones);
  • copy of the enrolment certificate proving that you have passed at least 1 exam for the first renewal and at least 2 exams for further renewals or, in other cases, a declaration that you are attending a course, specifying its duration or the duration of the research you are carrying out;
  • copy of the health insurance policy (or payment receipt), valid in Italy and for the entire duration of the stay permit;
  • copy of documents about economic means for the entire duration of the stay permit (i.e. 500.00 euro/month for at least 6 months or Opera Universitaria Scholarship statement);
  • receipt of the postal bulletin of euro 70.46.

Please notice: do not close the envelope!

Go the Post Office

You must personally hand in the open envelope to one of the authorized Post Offices (see list in the Download box). At the desk you will:

  • show an identity document;
  • sign form 1;
  • pay the postal bulletin of euros 70.46;
  • pay post charge of 31.50 euros so that your kit can be sent to the Police Station (Questura).

You will then receive:

  • a postal receipt;
  • the receipt for the euro 70.46 payment;
  • an appointment letter with day and time you must be at the Police Station (Questura) for the stay permit application.

Please notice: do not loose the receipts! You will need them to pick up the stay permit when ready.

Go to the Police Station (Questura)

You must attend the appointment given by the Post Office with the Questura.

Before going to Questura make a copy of all the documents mentioned in the Download box. At the appointment you will be fingerprinted and asked to submit the following documents: 

  • your passport (only original is needed);
  • the appointment letter (received at the Post Office);
  • the postal receipts (received at the Post Office);
  • 4 passport-sized photographs with white background;
  • updated original (and copy) of all documents you put in the envelope, that is to say:
    • if you are a matriculated student, the enrolment certificate or, in other cases, a declaration that you are attending a course, specifying its duration or the duration of the research you are carrying out;
    • health insurance policy (or payment receipt), valid in Italy and for the entire duration of the stay permit (you can pay in advance the enrolment to National Health System for the following calendar year);
    • documents about economic means for the entire duration of the stay permit (i.e. 500.00 euro/month for at least 6 months or UniTrento/Opera Universitaria Scholarship statement);
    • housing contract;
    • the old stay permit.

If you need to travel abroad while you are renewing the permit, carefully read the information in the following section.

Your application will be rejected if some documents are missing.

Should you miss the appointment: 

  • for health reasons, you will have to submit to the Questura a health certificate;
  • because you were abroad for study reasons, you will have to submit to the Questura a declaration by your Professor, or reference office, where it is explained when and why you were abroad. The University of Trento will not write any declarations.
  • For all other reasons the application will be rejected!!

In order to apply to Questura for a new appointment (only on the above documented two cases) you have to go to Questura during opening times (from Monday to Friday, from 8:30 to 12:30 and Thursday afternoon from 15:15 to 17:45 in Trento and from 15:00 to 17:30 in Rovereto), get a number at the entrance and show it to the information desk together with the letter of the missed appointment and the declaration by your supervisor or medical certificate. They will give a new date for the appointment, usually scheduled within the following 3-4 months.

If you are abroad and come to Trento just for the appointment, plan to stay at least 3 working days so that any problems can be discussed with UniTrento and Questura before you leave. 

In order to check if your stay permit is ready

Before going to the Questura, check on Questura's web site if your stay permit is ready by entering the number (“numero pratica”) you will find on the receipt given you by the Questura at the appointment. When your stay permit is ready, go back to Immigration Office (desk 6), with your passport, all the postal receipts and the receipt issued by the Questura. If you have written your mobile phone number on the stay permit application, you will also receive an SMS informing you that your stay permit is ready (see sample below). However, please keep checking online.

In order to pick up the stay permit

Go to Desk number 6 at Immigration office, Police Station (Questura), by showing the passport in original and all receipts in your possession (both the postal one and the Questura receipt).

Opening Hours: from Monday to Friday, from 8:30 to 12:30 and Thursday afternoon from 15:15 to 17:45 in Trento and from 15:00 to 17:30 in Rovereto.

Please notice: We inform all the students that when they go to the Immigration Office to collect their stay permit that they HAVE TO CHECK carefully what is written on the stay permit before taking it and before leaving the Office. If on the stay permit there is something wrong (like surname, date of birth, expire date) you have to inform immediately the Officer! Complaint are accepted only if you do it immediately before to collect the stay permit.

Travelling if you are renewing your stay permit

With a valid stay permit you can go back and forth from your country and you can circulate within the Schengen area up to a maximum of 90 days every six months for tourist reasons. After 3 working days you should however report to the competent Public Security Authority abroad.
Make sure the border police make an exit stamp both on your passport and on the postal receipts. Transits in non-Schengen areas are allowed but always check beforehand whether a transit visa is required by the non-Schengen country. To do so you can contact the foreign competent diplomatic Representation in Italy.
You are not allowed to leave Italy for longer than 6 months.

Before planning any trips outside the Schengen area you are advised to contact the foreign diplomatic representation in Italy in order to get the necessary information for the entry visa. Usually, beside health insurance coverage, return ticket and economic and housing guarantees, a valid Italian stay permit is necessary in order to apply for a visa.

While renewing your stay permit, you are allowed to leave and re-enter Italy (also from different borders) without crossing or stopping in other Schengen Countries.
Be aware that there is no short-term stay permit which allows you to cross Schengen countries.
In order to leave and re-enter Italy while renewing your stay permit, you will have to show:

  • your passport,
  • the postal receipts of the renewal application submitted before the expiry date of the permit, 
  • the expired/going to expire stay permit.

If you are a non-EU student with a student stay permit and you want to join an exchange study program, please read carefully the information about the renewal application in the previous paragraph.

Note that the Italian health insurance is valid in the Italian territory only. Should you plan to go abroad (including any European country) for study/research or personal reasons, make sure you buy a private health insurance for the entire period abroad.

Working

A stay permit for study purposes allows to work for a maximum of 1040 hours per year with a contract as an employee, in Italian "lavoro subordinato”. Working contracts defined as "lavoro subordinato" are the following: dipendente, somministrazione, apprendistato, contratto di lavoro ripartito, contratto di lavoro intermittente, lavoro accessorio.
Students are allowed to work full time for a few months or part-time for the whole year, provided that the job does not imply more than 1040 hours/year.
Also 150 hour students collaborations are possible with this kind of stay permit.

A stay permit for study reasons can be converted into a work permit as long as it remains within the rates ("quotas") set by the Government every year and within the ministerial terms. Please ask Cinformi for further information.

If you have an Italian degree (bachelor-laurea triennale, master’s degree course-magistrale, PhD, Master I or II level), and all the requirements are fulfilled, the stay permit for study reasons can be converted into a work permit despite the quotas of the current year. You have 2 months' time after the expiry of the study stay permit to apply for the authorization ("nulla osta") to the conversion.
For further details about the conversion from study into work permit, read the relevant file in the Downloads section.

If you have an Italian bachelor-laurea triennale, master’s degree course-laurea magistrale, PhD, Master II level, you can convert your student permit into a "searching for a job" 12 months permit (permesso per "attesa occupazione") provided that you have sufficient certified financial means.