Italian Residency Permits for Indian Students

Meridean Overseas
Meridean Overseas

Updated On 15 March 2023 & Read Time 3 minutes



Moving abroad can be adventurous, infused with different kinds of experiences, and it also requires adequate planning. If you're an Indian student planning to study in Italy, one of the most important things you must do once you arrive here is to apply for a residence permit. It is an official document allowing you to live legally in Italy for the period permitted by that visa class.  Well, you must be thinking, “oh! how do I do that now?” Don’t fret because we are here to assist you. Let’s look at the steps you need to follow to apply for a residence permit in Italy as an Indian student.

Steps to get the Residency Permit

Step 1: Apply for a Visa

Having a valid visa is extremely essential before you move to Italy as an international student and apply for an Italian residency permit

You can get a visa by visiting the consulate of the Italian government  in India and following the instructions for applying for a student visa. The visa application process usually takes 60-90 days. So, it is recommended to apply well before your date of departure.  


Step 2: Gather all Necessary Documents

Before moving and settling, you will require different documents for legal work in the country. Gathering all the necessary documents before applying for a residence permit in Italy is essential. 

  • Valid passport

  • Proof of admission to a university in Italy

  • Proof of financial support

  • Health insurance

  • Four passport-size photographs

  • Proof of accommodation in Italy

  • Completed application form


Step 3: Register With the Local Police

You don’t want to move to the country and get into trouble by not following the protocol, right? Within eight days of arriving in Italy, you must register with the local police. This is labelled the "Declaration of Presence" and is mandatory for all international students and immigrants staying in Italy for over 8 days. You can register at the local police station or online using the "Permesso di Soggiorno" portal.


Step 4: Apply for a Residence Permit

Once registered with the local police, you can apply for an Italian residency permit. The process can take several weeks, so applying well before your visa expiry date is important. Visit the "Sportello Unico" (One-Stop-Shop) in the city where you study. The Sportello Unico is a government office that handles all applications for residence permits. Take all the documents with you and pay the fees for the permit, which may vary depending on the duration of your stay. It may usually range from 120 euros to more. 


Step 5: Wait for Your Residence Permit

Everything is done now. You have registered with the local police and applied for the permit. Voila! Now sit back and wait for your permit to be processed. You can check the application status online using the "Permesso di Soggiorno" portal.


Once your residence permit is ready, you must collect it in person from Sportello Unico. Don’t forget to take your passport and a copy of your application form. 


Good luck on securing your Italian residence permit! Enjoy the wine! 


If you have any queries, you can contact our expert counsellors at a Meridean Overseas Education Consultants (MOEC) branch. You can also take free online counselling sessions through our website. Our expert counsellors will provide the best guidance and support for the visa process. For more information, contact or 1800-1230-00011. 

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