We are convinced that encouraging awareness concerning the italian culture, legal system and job market is the best way to help students achieving their educational and career goals.
We will help you through each step of your journey, from your arrival to italy to your first job.
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This program has been launched by SAN MARTINO, a social enterprise working in the immigration field since 1989.
Improved awareness of duties and rights of non-european students at all stages of their life in italy
Reduced margin of errors for immigration procedures
Improved career guidance
More than 100 students assisted every year for Immigration procedures and career guidance
Dozens of family reunited with our support
Frequently asked questions
If you have any questions, doubts or requests regarding your stay in Italy as a student, read the FAQ.
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How long will it take to collect my first residence permit (permesso di soggiorno) for study reasons?
There is no precise answer to this question. Generally speaking, it takes around 2/3 months to complete the process. This is because there are 3 steps:
- application submission at the Postal office;
- Fingerprint appointment at Police station;
- Electronic residence permit collection at Police station.
YES – for your first year. Why?
Because you will hold a VALID STUDY VISA which gives you the possiblity to travel around the Schengen area.
IT DEPENDS – for the following years. Why?
Because your STUDY VISA will be expired and the only receipt will not allow you to travel around the Schengen area. With the receipt you will only be able to go back to your home country.
Yes, study permit holders are allowed to work to maintain themselves. However, as the main reason for which you are in Italy is studying, you are authorized to work only for a maximum of 1040 hours per solar year.
Yes, you can. However, you cannot apply for work permit any time of the year. You need to wait for the publication of a Ministerial Decree known as “decreto flussi“.
This Decree establishes the number of conversion applications accepted per year, among other things.
What's the difference between the residence permit (permesso di soggiorno) and residency (residenza)?
It is extremely important to clarify this point, as many students get confused.
Your residence permit is the document that authorizes you to legally stay in our country for your studies. It is not possible, as non-european, to live in Italy without it.
Residency, on the contrary, is not a mandatory procedure for non-eu students. It is indeed the act of registering into the population registry of the area in which your accommodation will be located in. Even if it is not a must, it will be required to convert your study permit.
We suggest you to move in advance!
Yes, you do. This is because you will be registered at your Municipality (Comune) based on your residence permit for study reasons, valid for 1 year.
Each year you will need to renew it and then contact the Municipality (Comune) to inform them and deliver a copy of your residence permit. In this way, they will keep you in the register.
Yes, you can. You will have 1 year time to find a job. In order to do that, you will apply for a residence permit for “ricerca lavoro” (job hunting).
Be careful: this permit cannot be renewed! Do not waste precious time!
If you are planning to move your entire family to our country we need to warn you. Indeed, only first-degree relatives can obtain a residence permit for family reasons.
This means that only your parents, if there are at least 65 years old, your wife or husband and your sons can come to Italy and stay here with you more than 90 days.
Read the testimonials of students who have already contacted us
“I am a post-doctoral researcher in Milan. After coming to Milan with my wife, we were in a critical situation as my wife came here with a French residence permit. So legally she could stay here for 90 days. So, for her, we need to apply for family cohesion. For this, we asked San Martino Servizi to help us. We are extremely happy to say that San Martino Servizi has helped us in every way to get my wife’s fingerprint done for the residence permit. Also, they have helped us by giving the information from where we did the translation of our marriage certificate into Italian. All the staffs were extremely helpful, and we are very happy with their service. Thanks a lot, San Martino Servizi for helping us. We highly recommend their service.”Somnath Banerjee
“San Martino servizi makes your life simple, especially for international students looking for assistance in Italy. Miss.Giulia was very professional and helped me with my overall process of conversion of pemesso.Shreejan Sm
Thanks to the service, I highly recommend them, if your struggling with your bureaucracy process”