Global Immigration Partners is proud to assist hundreds of international students relocating to Italy every year to study the Italian language or to attend programs at Italian Universities.
Did you know that Italian universities are among the most prestigious in the world and you will not only experience excellent teaching, but you will also have the chance to enjoy the famous cuisine, and magnificent architecture and get to see numerous breathtaking attractions?
Non-EU citizens intending to enrol in language courses or who have gained admission to an Italian university must secure an Italian student visa. If you are ready to embark in this adventure, contact our firm, and our attorneys will guide you step by step on each of the following:
Before you can apply for an Italian student visa, the initial step is to choose the educational school or University you wish to attend. It’s important to remember that only visa applications for accredited universities will be accepted. You can confirm the legitimacy of your chosen institution through the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research.
Student Visas are not limited to people attending Italian universities or schools, but also participants in exchange programs, interns, and researchers. The visa application must be filed at the Italian Consulate having jurisdiction over the student’s current permanent residence. It is not possible to choose a different Consulate, even when traveling and near a different Consulate. The Visa Application will involve completing the relevant application forms and providing supporting documentation.
Once the student arrives in Italy, he/she must apply for the Residence Permit, also called “Permesso di Soggiorno”. It can be requested from any Post Office by submitting the relevant forms. The Post Office will issue a receipt, which is valid as a provisory permit of stay. The Post Office will then forward the application to the competent Police Station that will summon the student to show up for an identification (fingerprinting) and document collection appointment. A few months later, you will be able to collect your Permit of Stay from the police station.
The final step to be taken by the student is the registration of the personal residency address in Italy with the Town Hall. While some countries do not have a similar procedure, Italians and foreigners are obligated to register with the Town Hall of the city where they live to establish their residency. This can be done as soon as the Residence Permit card is issued. Registering for permanent residency is necessary for the following activities: lower fees on bank accounts; buying a car; issuance of an Italian ID Card (Carta d’Identità), getting a parking permit if you live in a historic centre; registering for the National Health Service, and Shipping of Personal Goods into the country duty-free.
• Leases: The student is entitled to secure a lease agreement before the issuance of the Visa.
• Extension: The Permit of Stay has an initial validity of one year, but, in some cases, it can be renewed before its expiration as long as the studies (or the internship, etc.) continue.
• Change of Status: A Permit of Stay for study purposes can be converted into a Permit of Stay for work purposes. In most cases, a quota is involved.
• Employment Opportunity: Individuals who hold a Permit of Stay for study purposes are entitled to work for Italian employers, for a maximum of twenty hours per week.
• Residency Update: Foreigners are required to update their residency status in Italy
Global Immigration Partners PLLC is a specialized immigration law firm. Through our international presence we have specialist knowledge of the specific procedures in multiple embassies and consulates around-the-world.Book a free consultation