Visa and Residence Permit

Well before your study/traineeship period starts, get information about Italian laws governing residence in Italy.
EU students, as well as citizens of Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Andorra, the Principality of Monaco, Republic of San Marino and the Vatican City, can freely  stay in Italy for up to a maximum of three months. Students enrolled in degree programs who will be staying in Italy for more than 3 months must register with the Registry office (Anagrafe) in the city they study in.

Non-EU students must apply for an entry visa for study purposes. The entry visa for study purposes is issued following completion of the pre-enrollment procedures at the Italian Embassies. A few months before your arrival, you need to require an invitation letter from the International Office of the University of Molise. Make sure these procedures are started on time, because the process can be very long. Upon their arrival, students whose study/traineeship  period exceeds 90 days, must apply for  the residence permit; they can do so themselves, by obtaining a kit from authorised post offices. The kit is an envelope containing the forms and instructions on how to fill them in. Completion of the first form is compulsory. As for the second form, you must only fill it out if you have a regular income or if you are applying for a residence permit for work.

Having correctly completed and signed the forms, you must go to a post office and deliver:

  • the forms in an unsealed envelope;
  • a duty stamp worth 16,00 Euro;
  • your original passport and a photocopy of the pages containing your personal details and the entry and exit visa stamps from the country;
  • a photocopy of the health and accident insurance policy.

Moreover, when presenting the application to the post office, students must:

  • fill in a payment slip (bollettino postale) for the electronic residence permit. Cost of the residence permit for study purposes with a duration of more than 3 months: 107.50 Euro
  • fill in a registered letter form for sending the kit. Cost: 30 Euro

When delivering the kit to the post office, students will be given an appointment at the foreign citizens’ office at the competent Police station (Questura) for photographic registration.

The residence permit is issued for the same reasons and for the duration indicated in the visa. If health coverage has a duration shorter than that of the visa, the duration of the residence permit will be that of the insurance policy.

Finally, students must:

  • provide a correct domicile address to the post office: the Questura will send any notices or calls in the event of problems in issuing the residence permit to the indicated address. It is important that the student’s name is indicated correctly on the letterbox/door entry phone.
  • Keep the receipt given by the post office: in case of police checks, it proves that the student has applied for the residence permit.