Permesso di Soggiorno UE per Soggiornanti di Lungo Periodo

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Curious About the "EU long-term permit"?

Learn What It Is and How It Can Benefit You!

The Legislative Decree No. 3 of January 8, 2007 implemented Directive 2003/109/EC to replace the old “Carta di Soggiorno” with the “Permesso di Soggiorno UE per Soggiornanti di Lungo Periodo” ( translated EU long-term residence permit).

This permit, known also as “ex Carta di Soggiorno“, is a vital document for non EU members planning to reside in Italy for an extended period.

The document provides numerous benefits for those looking to reside in Italy long-term. It offers legal residency, stability, and freedom of movement within the Schengen Area. Holders can access essential services, employment opportunities, and even pursue family reunification. Overall, it provides the opportunity to establish roots in Italy and enjoy the perks of legal residency!

Permesso di Soggiorno vs ex Carta di Soggiorno :
Are They the Same Thing?

The Permesso di Soggiorno and the ex Carta di Soggiorno serve similar purposes but with notable differences.

While the Permesso di Soggiorno is typically issued to foreigners seeking temporary residence in Italy for a specific purpose (such as study, work, or family reunification), the ex Carta di Soggiorno, similar to the US “green card,” is geared towards those seeking permanent residency.
The Permesso di Soggiorno is temporary and needs to be renewed periodically, whereas the ex Carta di Soggiorno grants permanent residency rights. However, it’s worth noting that even though the ex Carta di Soggiorno is considered indefinite, it must be renewed every 10 years (5 years for minors) if used as an identification document.

As of January 2021, in compliance with the new electronic residence permit model, the expiry date on the document will no longer indicate an unlimited duration of residency rights acquired by the holder, but rather the 10-year validity of the physical document itself.

Obtaining the Carta di Soggiorno often involves navigating multiple rounds of the Permesso di Soggiorno before eligibility for the Carta di Soggiorno is established.However, don’t fret! We’re here to simplify the process and make your residency in Italy a stress-free and hassle-free reality. Keep reading to discover how we can assist you every step of the way.


Let’s dive in and explore the key requirements together!

Which are the Main Requirements in Italy?

In order to obtain the ex Carta di Soggiorno, the applicant must match the following requirements:

⦁ Valid residency permit in Italy:

The applicant must have held a valid residency permit in Italy for at least 5 years.

⦁ Sufficient income:

The applicant must demonstrate a permanent income adequate in relation to the composition of the family unit.

⦁ Passing the Italian language proficiency test:

It is mandatory to pass a proficiency test in the Italian language, attesting to at least level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages proposed by the Council of Europe

Our experienced team specializes in assisting applicants with all aspects of the residency process!
Plus, our language schools offer comprehensive courses to help you master Italian and ace that proficiency test!

Your Personalized Guide to ex Carta di Soggiorno:
Step-by-Step Instructions

The Steps:

Step 1

Check Your Eligibility

Make sure you meet the criteria, including a valid Permesso di Soggiorno (for at least 5 years), stable income, and Italian language skills.

Step 2

Gather Your Documents

Collect all necessary paperwork, such as

  • passports
  • residency certificates
  • financial records
  • language test results

Step 3

Submit Your Application

Head to your local Questura and submit your application. Fill out any forms and pay any fees required.

Step 4

Ace the Language Test

If needed, pass the Italian language proficiency test and get your certification.

Step 5

Wait for Approval

Your application will be reviewed by authorities. They may ask for additional information if needed.

Step 6

Get Your Permit

Once approved, pick up your Permesso di Soggiorno UE from the Questura.

Don’t forget your required documents!

Follow these steps, and soon you'll have your ticket to call Italy home!

How long does your ex Carta di Soggiorno last?

The EU long-term residence permit has a validity of 10 years and must be renewed in compliance with the regulations.


It’s important to note that during this period, the holder of the card can temporarily leave Italy for up to 6 months per year without affecting the validity of the document. In special cases, such as pregnancy, maternity, serious illnesses, or study, this temporary absence can be extended to 12 months without compromising the validity of the ex Carta di Soggiorno.

Can it be extended?

If you’re planning to stay longer in Italy, you may wonder about extending the validity of your Permit!

To extend it, you’ll need to follow a few steps.
Firstly, it’s essential to contact the competent Police Headquarters for your area of residence. Then, you’ll need to submit the required documentation, which typically includes your passport, residence certificate, the expiring ex Carta di Soggiorno, and any other documents requested by the authorities.

It’s important to note that the process for extending your Permit may vary depending on your individual circumstances and the current regulations, so it’s crucial to seek legal assistance or consult the relevant authorities to ensure everything is done correctly and in compliance with current regulations.

We’re here to help you navigate through this process, so feel free to contact us for further information and personalized advice. Your permanent residency in Italy is within reach!

How can we help?

Our experts will guide you through collecting the necessary documents and handle all the paperwork for your application. With the help of our immigration lawyer, we’ll navigate the process on your behalf and keep you informed every step of the way. Plus, you’ll have a dedicated manager overseeing everything to ensure a smooth experience.

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