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Italian Permits of stay: Permessi di soggiorno


If you have requested asylum in Italy, you will receive a permesso di soggiorno, or a permit to stay in Italy.

No matter what type of permesso di soggiorno you hold, it will be your primary form of ID while you are in Italy.

Learn more about the most common types of permessi di soggiorno for asylum-seekers and migrants, and who can get them:

For asylum-seekers: Permesso per Richiesta di Asilo

For people appealing a negative decision: Permesso per Attesa Esito Ricorso

For people who have refugee status: Permesso per Asilo Politico

For people who have subsidiary protection: Permesso per Protezione Sussidiaria

For people who have Casi Speciali or ex humanitarian protection: Permesso Casi Speciali and per Motivi Umanitari

For relatives of a minor living in Italy: Permesso per Assistenza Minori

For children and adolescents arrived alone: Permesso per Minore Eta'

For people fleeing war in Ukraine: Permesso per Protezione Temporanea

Permesso for people who want to live and work abroad:

For people who want to live in another EU country: Ex carta di soggiorno

Permessi for people working in Italy, both for employees and for freelancers or small business owners:

Work permits: Permessi per Motivi di Lavoro

Permessi created by the Salvini Decree:

For people who do not qualify for international protection: Permesso per Protezione Speciale

For people who need medical treatment: Permesso per Cure Mediche

For people fleeing natural disaster: Permesso per Calamità

For heroes: Permesso per Atti di Particolare Valore Civile

Permessi granted by the police in very rare cases:

For victims of criminal activity: permessi issued by the police

When and how to renew your permesso di soggiorno

The procedure to renew your permit change depending on the type of permesso you hold. Also the documentation required may vary from Questura to Questura. We know that in some cases Questure may ask for other documents than those required by law.

This is why it’s better you check at the local level. You can ask for help to associations that help migrants locally or to a patronato.

There are patronati offices in most Italian towns and cities. To find the patronato closest to you, Google “patronato ______.” In the blank space, write the name of the town or city where you live.

We're doing our best to include in all the articles the information you need to know in order to renew/convert your permesso. Meanwhile we suggest you check the following websites (in Italian) to find more useful information:

  • Poste Italiane has made available a guide on the procedures, places and costs for submitting the application for the issue and renewal of permits of stay. You can find it here.
  • On the Portale Immigrazione website you can find more information about the documents generally required for each permesso.

As a general rule, you must renew your permesso from 60 days before the expiration date of your old permit and by 60 days after it. If you fail to comply with it, you will have to present valid evidence justifying your delay.

After 60 days, if you don’t justify your delay, you may receive an expulsion order.

Lost or stolen permessi di soggiorno

To begin the process of replacing a lost or stolen permesso di soggiorno, you will need to file a police report. You can visit the nearest police station and file a denuncia di smarrimento (declaration of loss) or a denuncia di furto (declaration of theft).

Next, you can bring your denuncia di smarrimento or denuncia di furto to the questura and ask to replace your permesso di soggiorno. You might need to wait for some time to get the replacement.

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