Expired permesso di soggiorno can be a pain in the butt. It’s time to queue up again and carry on with the endless paperwork. Since the current global pandemic (Covid-19) has forced everyone to be on a lockdown and offices to close, many questions have emerged from expats living in Milan and Italy about the renewal of their expired or almost expiring Permesso di Soggiorno.
The Minstero dell’ Interno has provided the needed information on the Poliziadistato website for expired permesso di soggiorno – the official national website that deals with matters on Permesso di Soggiorno and more. According to the press release: “All certificates, permits and authorisation documents expiring between January 2020 and April 15th, 2020 will keep their validity until June 15th, 2020“.
This is the effect of the Cura Italia Decree, article 103 paragraph 2 of the decree law of 17 March 2020, no. 18: “Measures to strengthen the National Health Service and economic support for families, workers and businesses connected to the epidemiological emergency from COVID-19” in force since March 17, this year.
It has also been stated that the application for the renewal of the expired permesso di soggiorno can be submitted after June 15, 2020.
This is an extra grace period of four months from the usual two months, if for example, your Permesso di Soggiorno expired in January 2020.
What should you do if you have an expired Permesso di Soggiorno?
Note that you can usually still renew your Permesso di Soggiorno within sixty days after its expiration as stated in the pursuant to article 5, paragraphs 2 and 4, and article 13, paragraph 2 (letter b) of the Legislative Decree 25 July 1998, no. 286.
If you need to travel to another country other than your home country (within the Schengen Area) immediately after borders open up, then you may need to request for a Permesso di Soggiorno Provvisorio.