9 Quick Easy Steps to Apply for a Permesso di Soggiorno Provvisorio

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Permesso di Soggiorno Provvisorio allows you to travel to other countries other than your home country while you are awaiting the renewal of your Permesso di Soggiorno. If you’ve currently submitted your application for the Permesso di Soggiorno at the Post Office or at a Patro Nato in Milan, your appointment may be in three to six months from the day you’ve applied, or less – if you are very lucky.

According to the Portale Immigrazione website, “those who have a residence permit being renewed can only travel between Italy and their country of origin, however showing the receipt of application along with the valid passport at the border“.

If you need to travel to another country other than your home (and within the Schengen Area), then you must request the Permesso di Soggiorno Provvisorio, that is a Provisional Permesso di Soggiorno or Temporary Permit as it is often called. Note, even if you are having just a stop over at a Schengen area.

From experience, last year I went to Germany while I was awaiting the renewal of my Permesso di Soggiorno. The first thing I did was to go to the Questura where I had the appointment for the renewal of my Permesso di Soggiorno for up-to-date information. The officials at the Questura gave me a document in Italian listing all the necessary documents and stating under what conditions the Permesso is granted.

Next, I went back to the Questura with all the documents requested below to obtain my permesso di soggiorno provvisorio:

  1. The residence permit I am already in possession of.
  2. The receipt documenting the proof of the renewal of the residence permit (that is my ricevuta/receipt from the post office).
  3. My international passport or other equivalent documents (travel document for stateless or foreigners, travel document for refugees, navigation booklet for seafarers, area navigation document, United Nations pass).
  4. Hotel booking (paid).
  5. Flight ticket to Germany (paid).
  6. Proof of ticket to the event I am attending. In your case it could be: a letter from the employer if it is a business trip, a letter from the school principal if it is a trip for educational reasons, other tickets and so on.
  7. Proof of return (I came back by road).
  8. 4 photographs in a format suitable for photo signaling.
  9. A marca da bollo stamp of sixteen euros.

I went back to my Questura with all the above-listed documents and I was briefly interviewed, then given an appointment to go to Questura Montebello a day before my trip for the Permesso di Soggiorno Provvisorio. I had to spend the whole day at the Questura Montebello to get the Permesso Provvisorio which is in form of a paper document and valid for one month, even though I was spending just three days in Germany.

On my way back, at the border check in Switzerland, I was delayed because apparently the officials at the border are not aware of the Pernesso di Soggiorno Provvisorio that allows non-European citizens to travel through Schengen Areas while awaiting the renewal of their Permesso di Soggiorno.

The officials at the border had to make some calls and I had to show them some proof like my blog, Instagram page and university student dashboard to reiterate the fact that I was only passing through to go to Italy. Luckily for me, I had visited Switzerland in 2018, so I showed them some pictures from that trip too.

So if anyone told you you can visit Schengen Areas with just your Rucevuta, that’s false. Except of course you have some rights – like holding a US passport that allows you three months to visit some European countries without a Visa, then you surely do need a Permesso di Soggiorno Provvisorio.

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