How to apply for the permit of stay

The visa issued by the Italian Representative is a permission to enter Italy. To stay for the duration of your studies it is mandatory to apply for the residence permit (permit of stay).

A residence permit/permit of stay is not required for business, tourism, short visits or study, provided that the stay does not exceed 3 months. EU nationals do not need a residence permit to stay in Italy.

In order to apply for the permit of stay you are going to need the following documents:

  • Copy of all the pages of your passport (to do after you arrive because there has to be the stamp you get when entering Italy)
  • Your original passport
  • Copy of your student visa (which is attached to one of the pages of the passport)
  • Copy of your admission letter and or University Enrollment document issued by the Administrative Office and completed with the 16€ Revenue stamp
  • Copy of you italian fiscal code certificate
  • Copy of your credit/debit card
  • Accomodation proof
  • Health Insurance certificate
  • 4 photos (passport format)

Take all this documents to the International Students’ Help Desk available direclty at our local Police Station (“Questura”), in the following days:

  • Mondays from 9 a.m to 12 p.m.
  • Thursdays 10 12 p.m.

The Police Station (“Questura”)’s address is Via Francesco Rismondo, 68, 27100 Pavia PV.

The forms with all the listed documents have to submitted at the post office. There you are going to get the information about you appointment with the “Questura”, the italian police department that manage the permit of stay applications. At the appointment you are going to need:

  • Receipt of your permit of stay application
  • 4 passport size photos
  • Original Passport

If for any reasons you did not include the mandatory documents with your original application, you have to hand them over at your appointment.

On this webpage: you can check when your permit of stay card is ready and you may collect it form the Questura