The renewing of the residence permit is an essential operation for non-EU citizens who decide to spend time in Italy. Our purpose is to create a small guide for all foreign citizens who, having arrived in Italy, face bureaucratic barriers. We have often discussed the procedures for applying for a residence permit, referring to various specific reasons such as study or family reunification. Today, however, we will talk about the renewal phase of the permit, to understand what it consists of and what documentation to present. Let’s start with the renewal procedure.
- The Residence Permit Renewal Procedure
- How To Apply For Renewal
- Residence Permit Renewal Documentation
The Residence Permit Renewal Procedure
The procedure for renewing a residence permit consists of several steps aimed at legalizing the permanence of non-EU citizens in Italy. First of all, it would be advisable to start the procedure 60 days before the previous permit expires. These timeframes are recommended and not imposed by the Italian authorities, which means that there are no sanctions in the event of non-compliance. Penalties, on the other hand, may materialize if the non-EU citizen does not apply for renewal more than 60 days after the expiry of the previous one.
How To Apply For Renewal
Now that we know the timeframe within which it is possible to apply for renewing the residence permit and avoid sanctions, we can proceed with the steps of the application. The first recommended step is to retrieve the documentation to be submitted for the application. This step is crucial to avoid unnecessary loss of time. Depending on the reason for the permit application, it will be up to the citizen requesting the permit renewal to gather all the documentation to be included in the postal kit. Once this information and documents have been obtained, all that remains is to go to an authorized post office, purchase the postal kit, and forward it.
Residence Permit Renewal Documentation
As stated above, the documentation to be attached to the renewal request varies according to the reason for which the permit is requested. To renew a permit with a study reason, for example, it is necessary to submit a “certification attesting to having passed at least one exam for the first renewal”. Despite these peculiarities and differences, it is possible to state that the documentation to present to renew a residence permit consists of:
- Revenue stamp €16,00;
- Passport size photo;
- Photocopy of valid passport;
- Expiring residence permit;
- Tax code;
- Health insurance reflecting the authorities’ requirements;
- Certificate of economic subsistence for the duration of the permit applied for.
What To Do Once The Postal Kit Has Been Sent?
At this point, the procedure is almost complete on the side of the citizen applying for renewal. By sending the postal kit, the non-EU citizen obtains the receipt for the permit application. This document replaces the residence permit in all respects and will be valid until the physical document arrives. Finally, there is an appointment at the police station for fingerprinting. All that remains at this point is to wait for the document. For information only, it is possible to check the status of the file by accessing the reserved “foreigners” area of the Immigration Portal with the credentials on the residence permit receipt.