What to do after arrival in Italy with a long term visa (type D visa) ?

Jun 20, 2023

Do you know what to do after arrival in Italy if you have entered to the country with a type D visa, which is a long term visa?

Did you know that if you have enetred Italy with a long term visa you must apply for a Police registration (Permesso di soggiorno) within 8 days from arrival?

The following are the steps that any non EU citizen who enters Italy with a long term visa (Schengen type D) must accomplish, irrespective of the kind of visa that has been issued (study, work, mission, etc.)

What to do after arrival in Italy with a long term visa (type D visa) ?

Permit of Stay (Permesso di soggiorno) application

It is a document issued by the Police (Questura) that allows the foreigner to live in Italy and indicates the purpose of the stay (work, study, family, elective residence, etc.).

The permit must be applied for within 8 days from entry into the country. In most cases, application is filed at the Post Office (ufficio postale) that will issue a receipt as shown below.

𝗨𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗺𝗶𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝘀𝘀𝘂𝗲𝗱, 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗲𝗶𝗽𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗱𝗼𝗰𝘂𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝗺𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗸𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝗶𝗻 𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗼 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗵𝗲/𝘀𝗵𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗹𝗲𝗴𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘆𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻 𝗜𝘁𝗮𝗹𝘆

Fingerprining appointment

The application is delivered by the Post to the Police which will summon the applicant for fingerprinting. The main documents that the applicant must submit the day of the appointment are:

  • Passport + copy of ID page, visa and entry stamp
  • 4 passport size pictures
  • Postal application receipt and police appointment letter
  • Accommodation documents
  • Documents related to the visa (documents are different according to the type of visa you have:

(a) for a work permit, confirmation that you are employed and that your employer is paying the social security charges

(b) for an intra-company permit, the etxtension oof the initial work permit issued by the Prefecture

(c) for a study visa, confirmation that you extended your course (you cannot change course or school)

(d) for elective residence, confirmation that you have available funds to continue living in Italy.

Collect the permit

After few months, the Police will inform the applicant (by sending a text message on the cell phine number provided by the applicant) that the permit is ready and can be collected.

All appointments must be done in person by the applicant who cannot delegate a third party.

How can you monitor the status of your application?

The postal receipt has a password and User ID that can be used to check online the status of the application. The applicant can use the following links:


If everything is in order, you will see the following message

if the application is on hold or the office needs additional documents, there will be a message such as

How to extend your permit?

The extension of the permit of stay must be applied for 60 days before the expiry date but there is a 60 day grace period and applications shall be accepted also after the expiry. The steps to be followed are the same of the first application:

  1. filing at Post office
  2. attend appointment at Police Station for fingerprinting
  3. collect the permit when is ready.

Residency (Residenza)

Anyone who plans on living permanently in Italy must register with the local Town Hall (Comune, Ufficio Anagrafe). Registration is in any event advisable as it can be beneficial for formalities in Italy such as obtaining a national health card, having goods imported duty free, purchasing a car and opening a bank account BUT has also some tax consequences that you need to check woit a tax counsel.

Residency is based on:

(i) physical presence in Italy, which must be regular and continuous, as opposed to sporadic and occasional. If an individual spends time both in Italy and in another country, the periods of presence outside of Italy are calculated and compared with the periods of presence in Italy to see which one is prevalent.

(ii) an individual’s intention to stay and live in Italy for the foreseeable future. In order to determine an individual’s intention to live in Italy on a regular basis, reference is made to a number of things, including but not limited to an individual’s conduct, social and personal habits, working relationships, family relationships, business and personal activities.

Registering with the Health National Service

The following categories are entitled to free registration:

  • Foreign citizens in possession of a permit who regularly work as employees/self-employees (lavoro subordinato, lavoro autonomo) in Italy or are enrolled with government employment agency;
  • Foreign citizens in possession of or waiting for the renewal of a permit for employment, self-employment, family reasons, asylum, adoption/custody, citizenship acquisition, religious reasons;
  • Dependent family members of all the above categories.

See here the procedure and requirements

Italy: healthcare rights for EU and non-EU expats and visitors | by Marco Mazzeschi | StudioMazzeschi | Medium

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