Residence permit

Guide for non-EU students residing abroad who enrol in first and second cycle degree programmes and single course units at the University of Bologna

Which office should I contact to receive information about applying for a residence permit?

Students of the Bologna Campus Branch may contact:

International Relations Division - International Desk

Via Filippo Re 4 - 40126 Bologna - Italy
tel. +39 051 2088101
fax +39 051 2086113
email: internationaldesk@unibo.it

Opening Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9.00 - 11.15 am; Tuesday and Thursday 2.30 - 3.30 pm.

Students of the Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna and Rimini Campus Branches may contact the offices in Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna, Rimini.

Important Information

When should I apply for a residence permit?

To obtain the first issue of a residence permit, you must apply within 8 working days from the date of your arrival in Italy. At the Italian language test you will be booked an appointment for the free support service in filling in your application form and to inform you about the documents you need to provide. If you don’t have to take an Italian language test and need assistance, please contact the International Desk.

To renew your residence permit, you must submit your application 60 days before it expires.

Should you need assistance, please contact the International Desk.

What determines the duration of the residence permit?

A student residence permit can be issued for maximum 12 months. A shorter permit may depend on a number of different factors. The main ones are:

  • health insurance. The residence permit cannot be issued for a period exceeding your health insurance coverage period;
  • Academic Year enrolment. The residence permit cannot be issued for a period exceeding the Academic Year you are enrolled in. For example, if you are enrolled in Academic Year 2015-2016, your permit can be issued maximum until 31 March 2017. Please note that, if you apply to renew your residence permit during the summer, you must enrol for your next Academic Year before applying for the renewal and present the self-certification with reference to the new enrolment.

How many exams must I pass to renew my residence permit?

To renew your residence permit for the first time you need to have passed at least one assessment test.

For subsequent renewals, you will need to pass at least two assessment tests per year.

Tests must be registered.

Which assessment tests count when applying for the renewal of a residence permit?

To obtain the renewal of your residence permit you must pass exams or other full assessment tests registered in your student career. Partial tests or single parts of integrated exams do not count when applying for the renewal of a residence permit.

OFA (Additional Learning Requirements) and Italian language course units at CLA (University Language Centre) do not count when applying for residence permit renewal.

How many times can I renew my residence permit?

Residence permits cannot be renewed for more than three beyond the standard duration of degree programme.

This limit applies to all degree programmes: first and second cycle degree programmes and single cycle degree programmes. Don’t waste time, study and keep up with your exams, or you may not be able to obtain your final degree.

 

What to do if

When I submitted my application I did not include all the documents required.

Note: incomplete applications cause major delays in permit issuing procedures. You may take the documents when you go to the appointment for the photographic registration or send them to the competent Police Station (Questura) via registered post.

For applications sent to Bologna Police Station:

Questura di Bologna, Ufficio Immigrazione
Via Bovi Campeggi, 13/3
40131 (BOLOGNA - BO)

I missed my appointment for the photographic registration.

Note: if you miss your appointments you may not be able to obtain a residence permit. If you missed your first appointment you will receive an invitation to a new appointment in the post. Make sure your name and surname are clearly visible on the entry phone/letter box at the address you have indicated on the application form. If after a few weeks you still have not received an invitation to a new appointment, contact the International Desk.

If you miss both appointments, the Police Station (Questura) will archive your request for a residence permit. Contact the International Desk immediately.

I have moved.

You must notify the Police Station (Questura) of your new address and update your details on StudentiOnline.

To notify the Police of your new address, send an email to immig.quest.bo@pecps.poliziadistato.it and cc the International Desk (internationaldesk@unibo.it).

Make sure that your name and surname are clearly visible on the entry phone/letter box at your new address.

I have been notified of the reasons why my residence permit may be denied (10 Bis).

You must submit your comments and any additional information in writing via registered post.

For applications sent to Bologna Police Station (Questura):

Questura di Bologna, Ufficio Immigrazione
Via Bovi Campeggi, 13/3
40131 (BOLOGNA - BO)

If you require assistance, contact the International Desk. Staff will assess the issue and help you write your comments. Always keep a copy of all correspondence and documents sent to the Police Station.

Note: receiving a 10 Bis causes major delays in permit issuing procedures.

It has been 4 months since I applied for a residence permit but I haven’t received it yet.

There may be a number of reasons for this. The most frequent are:

  • you did not attend the appointments for the photographic registration;
  • the documentation you submitted was incomplete;
  • you are not entitled to the permit/permit renewal (for example, you have not passed the number of exams required).

Don’t wait! Contact the International Desk immediately. Staff will enquire about your situation.

My residence permit has expired and I would like to go back to my Country.

If you are waiting for your residence permit renewal you can return to your Country, without stopping in a Country of the Schengen area, showing your passport and the receipt that proves you duly applied for a residence permit renewal.

Contact the airline in writing beforehand, to make sure you can fly with only your passport and the residence permit application receipt.

Always check the applicable minimum stay limits in Italy to qualify for a residence permit.

I haven’t got my permit yet and I would like to travel in Europe.

If you are waiting for your permit or a permit renewal, you can travel in the Countries of the Schengen area for up to three months, for as long as your entry visa is valid. After that, to travel you will need to have your Italian residence permit.

Before travelling make sure no temporary suspensions of the Schengen agreement are in place.

Always check the applicable Italian maximum stay limits to qualify for a residence permit.

I have to go abroad for a study mobility programme (Erasmus+, Overseas, internship, thesis preparation...).

Italian rules are very strict, if you interrupt the sequence of your consecutive student residence permits, you will be allowed to re-enter the country in very few cases.

If at the end of your study period abroad you wish to return to Italy to complete your studies, we recommend you renew your Italian residence permit before you leave. Contact the International Desk for information regarding your specific case.

To enter the Country you will be visiting for your mobility study programme, contact the Embassy of the Country in question. In some cases, the office that manages the specific study mobility programme provides information and support.

After my degree I would like to stay in Italy and look for a job.

If once you have obtained your first or second cycle degree, you wish to stay in Italy and look for a job, you can apply to convert your student residence permit into a “Attesa occupazione” (Pending employment) permit for a period of 12 months.

Note: the “Attesa occupazione” permit cannot be re-converted into a residence permit for “Study purposes”. If you decide to return to study you will have to re-enter the Country with a new visa for “Study purposes”.

For more details about the “Attesa occupazione” permit, contact the International Desk.

After my degree I would like to stay in Italy to start a new Degree Programme.

If after obtaining a degree you wish to continue to study and start another degree Programme (for example, if after a First cycle degree you wish to study for a Second cycle degree, or after a Second cycle degree you wish to study for a PhD), within the period of validity of your current student residence permit, you can enrol for the new degree programme as a non-EU student with an equivalent status to a EU citizen.

If your residence permit expires before your new matriculation and you have already enrolled for the selection tests, you may be granted a renewal of your residence permit to allow you take the tests and matriculate.

In all other cases you will have to re-enter the Country with a new visa for “Study purposes”.

My student career is locked because I don’t have a residence permit; for example, when I try to book an exam or print a self-certification, I get the following message: “Student 00000000 does not have a valid Residence Permit”.

Show your residence permit and provide a copy to the Student Administration Office.

If you have applied for a permit but have not obtained one, there may be a number of reasons for this. The most frequent are:

  • you did not attend the appointments for the photographic registration
  • the documentation you submitted was incomplete
  • you are not entitled to the permit/permit renewal (for example, you have not passed the number of exams required).

Don’t wait! Contact the International Desk immediately. If possible, staff will enquire about your situation.

I am enrolled in a single course unit and I would like to enrol in a Degree Programme.

If you are enrolled in single course unit and have passed the exam, the following year you will be able to enrol in a “pertinent or subsequent” Degree Programme. Only in this case you will be able to obtain the renewal of your residence permit.

Contact the Student Administration Office to request the “pertinent or subsequent” certification that you will need to attach to the residence permit application.

I lost my residence permit or it was stolen.

If you have lost your residence permit, or it was stolen, you must report it to the Police or the Carabinieri and request a duplicate at a qualified post offices (Sportello Amico). If the lost or stolen permit was about to expire (within more or less 2 months), you may request a renewal by presenting the necessary documentation.

The lost or stolen report may also be submitted online to the Police or the Carabinieri.

I have a student residence permit and I would like to work.

If you have a student residence permit you can work (as an employee) up to a maximum of 20 hours per week, and no more than 1040 hours a year.