Top 10 Permesso di Soggiorno Resources


One of my most popular blog posts is about the famous and oh so beloved Permesso di Soggiorno (if you don’t know what that is, check out our How to Obtain a Permesso di Soggiorno post where we explain it all in detail).

Applying for a permesso di soggiorno is no easy task. In part because the instructions are not always clear (and rarely in English), but also becasue the laws and procedures in Italy are always changing.


I’ve had to apply for a permesso 4 times in the last 2 years and after nearly pulling my hair out, I thought it might be helpful to have an aggregated list of some of my favorite permesso di soggiorno resources, including some really useful posts from some of my favorite Italy bloggers! You can thank me later (or thank me now by sharing this post!).

Top 10 Permesso di Soggiorno Resources

(these are in no particular order)

1. Staying in Italy Legally PDF
by the Ministero dell’Interno

Although it’s a little bit outdated, this PDF provides some great information on the eligibility requirements and instructions for applying. It also talks about how you can apply for work as a foreigner in Italy.

2. Permission to Stay
by Life in Italy

A good overview of the different types of permesso di soggiornos and what you need in order to apply.

3. Permesso di Soggiorno in Italy, my experience
by Girl in Florence

girl in florence

Georgette outlines her personal experience on obtaining a permesso di soggiorno and she’ll certainly make your laugh while doing so! Be sure to check the comments below as there are some really useful questions and answers.

4. Helpful Resources
by Rick’s Rome


Rick provides some extremely valuable resources, including application translations, a handy list of residency codes, and step-by-step instructions for completing the application. I only wish I could have had these when I was first applying for my permesso di soggiorno!

5. How to get your permesso di soggiorno
by An Unofficial Guide to Rome


Chelsea tells you how to get a permesso di soggiorno in Rome and what to expect when you go to apply.

6. How to Obtain a Permesso di Soggiorno
by Italy Project 365

After applying for my permesso di soggiorno, I compiled my own list of instructions for applying.

7. Permesso di Soggiorno Checklist
by Italy Project 365

permesso di soggiorno checklist

Since there are so many documents and items that you need to complete your permit of stay application, I thought it might be useful to have a printable/downloadable checklist that you can use to ensure you include everything you need.

8. Residence Permit
by Polizia di Stato

Information straight from the horse’s mouth! Here’s a brief explanation of the permesso di soggiorno in English, along with what the Polizia di Stato (questura) requires for application submission.

9. Work and Permit to Stay Video
by the Comune of Reggio-Emilia

While this cartoon video is pretty cheesy, it provides a clear explanation and example of how to apply for a work permit and permesso di soggiorno in Italy and explains what’s legal and what’s not. Skip ahead to minute 1:06 for permit of stay explanations.

10. How to Fill the “Permesso di Soggiorno” Forms (in English)
by Azione Oggi

An absolutely necessary resource, particularly if you don’t know Italian.

Still not sure what to do? Feel free to leave a comment below with your question!

And for more tips on moving to Italy, be sure to visit my Moving to Italy page.

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