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Staying in Italy: entry and residence procedures

Before arriving to Italy

It is recommended that all students, before coming to Italy, inform themselves with regard to entry and residence procedures in Italy by contacting the Italian Embassy or Consulate in their country of residence in order to prepare on time all the documents required.

In general, EU Students, enrolled in degree programs or in single courses, who will stay in Italy for more than 3 months  must register to the nearest Registry office (Anagrafe) in Rome or in the city where they live as soon as they arrive in Italy. No other particular entry procedure in the country are foreseen for EU students.

Non-EU Students, enrolled in degree programs or in single courses, who will stay in Italy for period longer than 90 days, must apply for an entry visa for study at the Italian Embassy or Consulate in the country of their residence.
Non-EU Students who will stay in Italy for less than 90 days, may need an entry visa or not according to their nationality. To check if an entry visa is necessary and to know the required documents please visit: http://vistoperitalia.esteri.it/home/en

Furthermore, Non EU Students, acquiring a health insurance policy in their own country, before living must have it stamped by the Italian Embassy in order to have it recognized in Italy and use it for requesting the residence permit.

Arrival in Italy

EU and Non-EU Students, at their arrival in Italy, have to go to the Welcome Office of LUMSA in order to receive their certificate of arrival.  

EU students, after visiting the Welcome Office, do not have other particular procedures to follow in order to register themselves in the country.

Non-EU students, who will stay in Italy for more than 90 days must apply for a Residence permit (Permesso di Soggiorno) within 8 working days after their arrival in Italy. Students can apply directly for the Residence permit, obtaining a kit from “Sportello Amico” at an Italian Post office. The kit contains the forms and instructions on how to fill them. After having correctly completed and signed the forms, students must return to the Sportello Amico and deliver the kit containing all the forms duly completed. At the Post office the students will book an appointment at the Immigration Office (Ufficio Immigrazione) for the photo-registration.
The residence permit is issued for study as long as the duration of the Visa.
Once the residence permit is issued, the student must deliver a copy of the permit at the Welcome Office of LUMSA. In case the student fails to provide LUMSA with a copy of the Residence permit, the student, after 120 days from the enrollment, will not be allowed to do exams.

Non-EU students who will stay in Italy for less than 90 days and students coming from countries of the Schengen Area don’t need to apply for a residence permit, they must present a declaration of presence within 8 days from their arrival.
Non-Ue students coming from countries not included in the Schengen Area who have the Schengen Visa stamp on their passport, must not present the declaration of presence.
It is suggested to keep always a copy of the declaration of presence in case of police controls.