Permit of Stay Conversion

Are you in Italy with a residence permit for study reasons, but do you want to work? Y-Nos can assist you, with our multilingual staff, throughout the procedure necessary to obtain conversion into a work permit

The conversion of a student residence permit into a work permit will allow foreign students who have found work in Italy to reside in the country legally and subsequently apply for permanent residence and Italian citizenship.

Students who have obtained a degree in Italy, from an institution accredited by the Ministry of Education (MIUR), have the right to request a residence permit to find a job.

In case university students, after obtaining their diploma, have found a job or wish to open a self-employed entrepreneur in Italy, they must start the procedure of conversion of the student residence permit.

Students who have not graduated or from other private universities or language schools (not accredited by MIUR) must subsequently apply for residence permit conversion through the Prefecture.

In 2023, following the Decreto Flussi published on January 27, 2023, important changes were made to the conversion process of student residence permits. DL 20/23 effectively provides (Art. 3(2)) that a residence permit issued for the purpose of study in any educational institution may be converted outside the quotas.

Reference to changes Nota Ministero del Lavoro e delle Politiche Sociali DG Immigrazione n. 1077 del 30 marzo 2023

Student residence permit can be converted to:

Lavoro subordinato (Employment)

A salaried job is a job offer either from a natural person (domestic work – COLF / BADANTE) or from a legal entity (SNC / SRL / SRLS / SPA) with a minimum of 20 hours of work and for a minimum of 1 year. Thanks to the sponsor, the student can apply for a conversion student residence permit.

Lavoro autonomo (Self-Employment)

The self-employed or entrepreneurial activity refers to the student’s who wants to start its own activity as independent consultant (freelancer), small or medium-sized company. In order to convert the student’s residence permit into an self-employment working permit, it is necessary to request authorization from the Trade Chamber and also to have an Italian bank account with a sufficient amount of money to start an its own work.

Requirements for the conversion of a student residence permit to a work permit:

  • Valid passport
  • Valid residence permit (application for residence permit or valid document)
  • Tax number (Codice Fiscale)
  • SPID
  • Housing documents
  • Idoneità Abitativa (Certificate of Housing Compliance)
  • Employer’s documents or Business Plan for entrepreneurial activity

Duration of conversion of student residence permit to work permit:

To convert a student residence permit to a work permit, you must be patient, because due to the change of the state portal in April 2022 there are still delays in processing requests. The processing time can take from 3 to 12 months.


Our relocation experts will help you to prepare all the necessary documents for the application, a qualified immigration lawyer will formally process the application on the immigration portal and will handle all necessary communication with the Prefecture and Trade Chamber until the authorization and preparation of the application for a working residence permit. A dedicated manager is provided for each client who will supervise during all the process.

Y-Nos has been dealing for a more than 10 years with the management of the request for conversion of the residence permit for study reasons with that for work reasons, with excellent results!

Y-Nos, with its own multilingual team also composed of 25 years experienced immigration lawyer , offers complete assistance that ranges from processing the required documents  to the collection of working permit of stay.

At your request, it is possible to organize a consultation in our office or even via Skype, WhatsApp or telephone to discuss further details.

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