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The Solution to an Expired Permesso di Soggiorno without Renewal

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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.

Read how to apply for apply for the Permesso di Soggiorno Provvisorio here.


  • Gol

    Hi! Thanks so much for the info. Do you know if the 60 day rule applies for right now as well even though they’ve extended permesso’s validity to August 31 2020?

    My plan was to convert my cerco lavoro permesso to lavoro autonomo. The issue is that im out of italy currently and still have not picked up my permesso since February (due to covid). So i am not sure when it expires but im assuming worst case it was in March. but with covid the government has extended all permessos to be valid till August 31st. So I’m wondering if i have time until October 31st to convert it under the 60 days rule.

    Would really appreciate it if you have any info! I feel really stuck 🙁

    • Hellen Akinsiku

      Hi Gol. Unfortunately I don’t have information on this. I suggest you call your Questura for more information. However, given the Covid situation, I assume you will be allowed to renew it. I also suggest you also come back as soon as you can to find a solution.

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