What to do before arriving in Italy
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The study visa is issued by the Italian Embassy or by the consular offices of the student’s country of residence; in Italy the residence permit is issued by the designated police office and must be requested within 8 days of arrival in Italy.
The visa issued will be valid for the duration of the student’s academic program.
EU citizens and citizens of Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and San Marino
All EU citizens and citizens of these countries with a valid identity document for foreign travel issued by their own country are permitted to stay in Italy for up to three months.
After these first months they must be registered in the Civil Registry of the Municipality where they reside in Italy.
The required documents for this registration are:
- certificate of enrollment at the University;
- fiscal code;
- proof of health insurance;
- family income documents.
Non-EU and non-EU equivalent citizens
Citizens of non-EU countries (and not resident in Norway, Island, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and San Marino) who will be staying in Italy for more than three months must apply for a residence permit within eight days of their arrival in Italy.
Each University has its own Info desk for the residence permit requests. The application is available at the post office’s “Sportello Amico” and costs about 140€.
The following documents are needed:
- 2 copies in A4 format of the passport page with your personal information (picture, name and surname, your visa and any other page containing stamps);
- fiscal code card – original document and a photocopy;
- copy of the acceptance letter from your University indicating the course of study and approved by the Diplomatic/Consular Delegation;
- certificate of registration from the University;
- copy of documentation indicating sufficient family income;
- proof of health insurance covering the period of stay in Italy, with your name (in Western letters), the type of your health insurance coverage, its validity for the “Schengen Area” and minimum coverage of 30.000€. The text of the policy insurance has to be in Italian or in English, French or Spanish;
- 1 stamp (marca da bollo) of 16€ which can be purchased at a Tobacconist.
The post office will issue you a receipt upon collecting the completed application packet.
You must be careful to keep it until you have received your electronic residence permit. The receipt includes a User ID and a password to login to your profile on www.portaleimmigrazione.it under the section Foreigners (Stranieri), where you can check the progress of your application.
Once the application is processed, the post office will give you the official letter of convocation requesting that you report to the Immigration Office (c.so Verona 4, Torino ) to be fingerprinted.
You must bring the following documents with you:
- all of the above original documents;
- 4 identical portrait photographs.