How to obtain the “Permit to Stay” or “Residence Permit,” for Non-European Union citizens.
If you are from outside the EU and studying for a period longer than 90 days, after you have applied for and obtained your student visa in your home country, you have to request a permesso di soggiorno within 8 days of your arrival in Florence. It declares your legal presence to the Questura (Police Headquarters).
- Go to a posta (post office), press letter “F” on the ticket machine, wait until your “F” number is called, and ask for the “Kit di Permesso di Soggiorno” at the window. They will give you a large envelope.
- Go home, and fill out the paperwork in the envelope (information about your visa, passport, residence in your home country and residence in Italy). Leave the pages blank that pertain to working or bringing family abroad.*Tip: If you complete steps 3 and 4 in advance, you can fill out the packet, stick on the tax stamp, add your photocopied documents, and skip directly to step 5 without ever leaving the post office
- Buy a “Marco da Bollo” (tax tamp) from any Tabacchi (Tobacco Shop) around town. They cost 14,62 euros. Stick it on the first page of “Modulo 1” inside your Permesso Kit. (There’s a rectangular outline at the top of the page, indicating where to put it.)
- Bring your passport, about 150 euro, and the unsealed, completed kit back to the post office with the following additional documents inside (press the same letter, “F,” at the ticket machine):
- A photocopy of the visa page and photo page of your passport
- A photocopy of proof of financial security. This can be the same proof you used when you applied for your visa: a letter from your parents, front/back photocopies of your credit card, and/or photocopies of your bank statement.
- A photocopy of the official enrollment letter from your school or university with the stamp from the Italian consulate (you got this when your visa application was returned)
- A photocopy of proof of medical insurance. Internationally valid insurance is necessary for all students, regardless of the national insurance coverage you have at home. For instructions on how to get INA insurance once you arrive in Italy, click here.
- Upon verifying all documents in your completed Kit, the post office will give you a piece of paper with the date and time of your appointment at the Questura (Police Headquarters), where you will receive your official Permesso di Soggiorno card. The appointment is usually for at least one month after your date of application.
- Bring the following documents to your appointment at the Questura, located at Via della Fortezza, 17:
- The piece of paper with the date and time of appointment you received at the post office
- 4 passport-sized photos (you can get these at one of the many outdoor photobooths around town. In Florence, there’s on on the corner of Via Ghibellina and Via Verdi and one outside the post office in Piazza Della Repubblica)
- ALL the original documents from the list above (what you included in your Kit envelope at the post office)
- Extra money and/or Snacks and Drinks (You could be waiting for up to 6 hours! Come prepared. There are vending machines inside, but sometimes that’s not enough!)
- Something to do (a book to read, Italian homework, a smart phone to play with)