Want to get your Italian Permanent Residence, the card that makes your dream of getting the EU passport a step closer?
No. Your consistent effort will be rewarded for sure. Yes, it’s time to get the renewal headache once for all by getting your Italian permanent residence.
It goes without saying that all rewards are earned by hard work and struggles. So, here is one last struggle. (Oops, last but one. We will come to that in a bit.)
Welcome to the Permanent Residence (Read Welcome back to one more paperwork!)
Whatever advices I have provided to you for the renewals of Permesso Di Soggiorno, applies equally to this process of getting the Permesso di soggiorno lungo periodo or commonly called as Carta Soggiorno too.
Benefits of Italian Permanent Residence
If you get Italian long-term residence permit, you will enjoy all the rights and benefits of Italians, of course, no political voting rights.
One of the main benefits for working-class is that now you can move for work to any other EU member country. Imagine, you can relocate to different EU country without all the hassles of the documentation, procedures that I mentioned in the Relocation to Italy article.
You are not only saved from the tons of paperwork, but there are also cost benefits in getting this Italian Permanent residence. Yes, there is no need to keep the permit renewed for every 2 years period. Now, that is definitely a big saving.
Read all about Cost of living in Italy to plan your wonderful stay in Italy.
Moreover, depending on the country you move, you can still retain the Italian Permanent residence. For example, if you move to Germany, then the Italian permanent residence status is retained for the next 6 years.
This will also help you in case you return to Italy for any reason within the 6 years. And your path to obtain the EU passport is not affected by any chance.
Do Not Delay To Apply
Never take things for granted and postpone things when in Italy, the land of ever changing law. The long term permit was handed to all application until recently. To be specific in the year 2010, Italy got a new law enforcing the minimum proficiency in Italian for those who apply for the long term permit.
There are more stringent laws, an increase in minimum salary, accommodation requirement etc. It is also a must to know some level of Italian if you have decided to live in Italian society. So, I do vote for this. But my point here is, you will never know what is going to change in the coming days.
Today, the law says if you have a minimum of 5 years of continuous stay in Italy, you are eligible for Italian Permanent residence or the infamous Carta Soggiorno. But will it stay the same forever? God only knows.
So, never ever postpone your decision of getting the long term resident permit. When in doubt, get it and continue.
Pre-requirement for Italian Permanent Residence
There are few pre-req that needs to be taken care so that you are eligible for the Italian Permanent Residence.
A word of caution. These are just a guidelines, and the actual details can change depending on the zone, comune, or the provincia you stay in Italy.
- Five years of continuous stay in Italy
- A job that pays the minimum salary declared by the government
- Minimum proficiency in the Italian language – A2 Certificate
The five years count sometimes do not include your time in universities. I say sometimes, because I have seen cases where it was not considered, and also cases where it was considered and the applicant was handed over with the Resident permit.
Have you completed 5 years in Italy? Time to celebrate. You are one last step that is between you and your Italian Passport!
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Documents needed for the Permanent Residence
I have extensively covered the list of documents required for the Pemesso di Soggiorno in my guide to renewal. Since the documents and procedures are all exactly the same do read it. In fact, the card also looks exactly the same except that there is no expiration date in it.
The website from Questura also lists all the documents required Permesso di Soggiorno, but unfortunately, it is only in the Italian language. [Last updated on April 2019]
They do have the page in the English language, but no one has bothered to update it past 2008. So as good as it does not exist.
So, it is worthy to restate the list in this guide as well.
Each application, who is above 14 years of age, should apply with a separate kit. Minors do not keep a separate kit, but will be attached to their parents kit.
For each of the applicant and their dependent make sure you keep the photocopy of the following documents:
- Current Permesso di Soggiorno
- Codice Fiscale
- Bollo of 16 Euro
- 4 recent photos
In addition to the above, the main applicant, or earning member should also include the photocopy of the following document to support his financial status.
- CUD / Proof of Income tax payment
- Last 3 months Payslip
- Modulo Unilav or work contract
These are the minimum documents required to submit with the kit for getting the appointment in Questura.
In addition to the above, there are also other documents which may be requested depending on a case by case but does no harm if you can attach it in the first place.
Certificate of Idoneita Abitativa
This is one of the main document when you apply for the Italian Permanent residence. What is this certificate all about?
For readers benefit, I am summarising the details here. Please read the finer details in the Guide to renew Permesso di Soggirono.
Basically, this certificate confirms that you and your family have a proper place to stay with good space, ventilation, and sanitation.
In my opinion, this document is the most complicated one. Why?
It is not sufficient to just have your contract of the home. To get this particular certificate, you need more documents from the owner of the property. Also, this needs certification from the electricity and gas companies as well.
This certificate is to certify that the house you stay is constructed and made available to live as per the plan approved by the Commune.
Once you collect all these documents, you need to apply for this certification in your Comune. Again along with 2 x 16 Euro Bollo.
And you will also need to pay a sum of around 100 Euro for the Geometria visits to your house for inspection. The payment should be made in the post office. After the payment, you will have to wait for 30-40 days for someone from the Geometria visit your place and do the formal inspection.
If you thought the wait is over, you are mistaken.
Once the inspection is done, you have to wait for a confirmation from the Comune and you will have to receive a call confirming that your certificate is finally ready.
Cost of Italian Permanent Residence
- Macro da Bollo 16.00 €
- 30.00 € for sending the postal kit to Rome
- 70.46 €, for Permesso with validity more than 3 months to less than 1 year
- 80.46 €, for Permesso with validity more than 1 year to less than 2 years
- 130.46 €, for Permesso with unlimited validity (Carta di Soggiorno)
For each of the minors below 14 years, an additional 30,46 € has to be paid for the printing of the card.
Filling of the Application Modules
Since the forms are in the Italian language, filling of the forms could be sometime difficult if you are not familiar with the Italian language.
So, here is a summary of what to expect in the form,
- Your personal details like Name (Nome), Surname (Cognome), Address (Indirizzo), and Passport details (Passaporto) and Residential address (Indirizzo).
- If you are working, you should give your Employer details & Earning details. This information you can find from your payslip or CUD.
If you are not comfortable in filling such forms, you can visit the CAF or ACLI near your place. You will find these places all over the city.
Offices like CAF/ACLI are available to help citizens or foreigners in most government-related activities like filing tax, applying for citizenship, renewing Permesso di Soggiorno Lungo Periodo or Permanent Residence etc.
When you visit here, they collect your details and fill them into the computer themselves. So, there is no kit to be got from Post office. They print the module directly from their system and provide it to you for submission to Post Offices.
There are additional benefits when you visit such places. Yes, they do the initial verification of the document and also help you understand if any document is missing. Especially when you have a country that keeps changing the rules and regulations every fortnight!
Once the Modules are ready, make sure you attach all the photocopy and documents along with the respective forms and submit them to the Post office.
Submit the Application
Once you submit the application to the post office, you will be given an appointment for the visit to Questura for finger prints.
You will also receive three documents, keep them very safe.
- A postal receipt or the acknowledgment with the tracking number.
- An appointment slip with the appointment date and time for the fingerprint.
- And the receipts for the payment of respective fees
The acknowledgement slip will act as a proof for your application for renewal of Permanent Residence and is the only document that makes you stay in Italy valid.
Visit To Questura For Providing Finger Print
On the appointment date provided, visit the Questura with all original documents. Once the documents are verified, your finger prints will be taken. In case of any discrepancies in the fees, you will also be provided with a postal slip to pay the difference.
You may be wondering why and how can there be difference in fees since it was provided by the CAF or ACLI themselves.
As I mentioned before, Italy is known for laws and they are very dynamic. So, many times it so happens that there is a revision in the fees structures etc. So, in order to help the applicant they provide opportunity to pay the difference.
Thank god, they don’t ask to start from first!!!
Congrats, you are now a proud owner of the Italian permanent residence. Live and enjoy the Dolce Vita in Italy. Explore the beautiful places in and around Italy.
And keep an eye open for your next reward, the Italian Passport.
Bocca al lupo!