Who gets this permesso?
The Permesso di Soggiorno per Calamità is intended for those whose countries are facing a severe natural disaster or other calamities.
For this type of permit, the new 'Decreto Cutro' of May 2023 established that it can be granted only when the situation in the country of origin of the applicant is ‘momentaneous, due to an exceptional situation’. Territorial Commissions will interpret this change in wording when evaluating your case and decide case by case if your case meets this criteria.
How can I get this permesso?
You can request this permesso at the Questura (Immigration Office). The Questura will then collect information and documentation on the situation in your country of origin to understand if it’s safe for you to go back there.
In case you need support, you can seek the help of a lawyer. If you don’t have a lawyer, you can message us on Facebook and we’ll help you find a free legal service in your area.
How long is it valid for?
This kind of permesso is valid for 6 months and can be renewed until the situation in your home country does not improve.
How can I renew this kind of permesso?
Following the entry into force of 'Decreto Cutro' in May 2023, this permit is now renewable for six months only, as long as the exceptional situation of natural disasters or other calamities in your home country persists.
You can make an appointment to ask to renew your permesso at the Questura. The Territorial Commission may renew your permesso if it decides it's still unsafe for you to go back to your country of origin because of the severe natural disaster or calamity.
If the Commission does not renew your permesso, you may be eligible for a different kind of permesso. A lawyer can help you understand how to proceed in your specific case.
Can I convert this permesso into a Permesso per Motivi di Lavoro?
Since the so-called 'Decreto Cutro' went into force on May 6, 2023, this permit is no longer convertible to a work permit, but if you had applied for permesso per calamità before May 6, 2023, you may still convert it into a work permit.
What rights do I have as a holder of this permesso?
With this permesso, you have the right to:
- Stay in a reception facility, as well as receive basic services at the reception facility.
- Work in Italy — but not in any other European countries.
- Access the Italian health care system (SSN).
- Access the Italian public education system.
- Access the Italian welfare system, depending on which benefit you seek.
- Register with the registry office of your local comune, which gives you the right to get a carta d’identità.
With this permesso you do not have the right to:
- Travel outside of Italy, as it is valid only in Italy
- Ask for your family to join you through family reunification.
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