Defined as an important element for the purpose of non-clandestinity, the residence permit is a document thanks to which a foreigner can legally live in Italy for a long period. It must be requested within 8 working days from the date of entry into Italy. 


Those who have entered Italy for short stays (for example for tourism, business, etc …), and stay on site less than 90 days, do not require a residence permit. On the other hand, non-European citizens who entered Italy with a national visa have a different obligation. The national visa in fact represents only the authorization to enter Italy. Once you arrive in Italy, you must start the procedure to apply for a residence permit, which is the only document to give the go-ahead to legally remain in Italy. Citizens of the European Union, on the other hand, must not apply for a residence permit. If they intend to stay for a period longer than three months, after three months from entry, they must register with the registry of the municipality of residence. 


 The residence permit allows you to carry out the activities that are indicated in the permit itself. At the same time it gives the foreigner full faculty to enjoy rights and services recognized to foreigners. It also serves for the purpose of registration in the registry lists with consequent release of the identity card and the tax code, with which you can request health care, open a bank account, etc. The residence permit must be requested from the Questore of the province where the foreigner is located within 8 working days from the date of arrival in Italy. 


 In order to obtain a residence permit, the foreigner must hold a regular entry visa for Italian territory. Any impedimental reasons for the issue of the residence permit (threat to order and security, convictions for serious crimes, etc …) are the same that prevent the issue of a national visa. Therefore, those who have entered Italy legally with a regular long-term visa normally receive a residence permit. 


The duration of the residence permit not issued for work and family reasons is that provided by the entry visa. The validity usually does not exceed one year, if you are in Italy for a course for study or training. The permit is renewable annually in the case of multi-year courses. Alternatively, it expires at two years for self-employment, for permanent employment or for family reunification. For more information, contact a Immigration lawyer italy