How to Fill Out Your Permesso Di Soggiorno: A Step-by-Step Guide

permesso di soggiorno kit

So by now I’m sure you have realized the permesso di soggiorno kit is written in Italian. Have no fear, my permesso di soggiorno guide is here! If you haven’t gotten your permesso di soggiorno kit yet, make sure you read my article on How to Get Your Permesso Di Soggiorno

Below, I have included a step-by-step guide on how to fill out your permesso di soggiorno kit.

There are two main parts to the permesso di soggiorno: the main packet and the smaller pay slip.

First I will give directions on how to fill out the main packet.

Remember to fill out the permesso di soggiorno kit in black ink only and in capital letters. If you don’t follow these directions, you will be asked to fill out a while new packet and you don’t really want to go through this again, do you?

If you are filling this kit out for yourself and this is your first permesso di soggiorno then you only need to fill out Module 1

Instructions for Module 01

  • At the top where it says “Al Signor Questore di” write the name of your city
  • Where it says “(Sigle Provincia)” write the two letters that represent your province
    • In your kit there is a list of the abbreviations
  • Place your marco da bollo in the square space below where it says “MARCO DA BOLLO” (I’m sure you figured this one out on your own)
  • 3. Your last name
  • 4. Your first name and your middle name if it is printed on your passport
  • 5. The two letters the represent your province (again)
  • 6. The name of your city (again)
  • 8. Select “rilascio” if this is your first permesso di soggiorno
    • You can ignore all questions until 14.
  • 14. select “permesso di soggiorno”
  • 15. Write in the number of the type of permesso you are requesting
    • These numbers are listed on a document included in your permesso di soggiorno kit
    • Write in the number “24” for a study permesso
  • You can skip numbers 17-20 since this is your first permesso di soggiorno
  • 22. This asks which module you completed, so “01” if you are only completing the first module
  • 23. Check the box next to “Module 01”
  • 25. This asks for the total number of pieces paper you are including in your permesso di soggiorno kit
    • This includes all of the documents you are including in the envelope when you turn it in (photocopies of your passport, health insurance documents, language school document, etc.) and also the 3 pages of your permesso di soggiorno
    • I left this part blank since I wasn’t sure how many documents the post office would accept and the official at the Poste Italiane happily filled in it for me
  • 26. You can leave this blank
  • 28. The date (don’t fill this in until you are in front of the official)
  • 29. Your signature (also, don’t fill this in until you are in front of the official)
  • 31. You can leave this blank if you don’t have a codice fiscale
  • 32. Write “A” if you are single and “B” if you are married
  • 33. Write “F” for female and “M” for male
  • 34. Your birthdate (notice they ask for the day first followed by the month, which is the opposite as in America)
  • 35. Your country code
    • These codes are listed on a page included in your permesso di soggiorno kit
  • 36. Your code of citizenship
    • This is probably the same as 35.
  • 37. This asks if you are a refugee, check “sì” or “no”
  • 38. This is the city where you were born
    • Usually, you should put the exact information on these documents that is listed in your passport. In my case, my birth city isn’t listed on my passport so I put my birth state and that was accepted by the official
  • 40. Check this box to indicate that your passport is the identity document you will be using
  • 44. Your passport number
  • 45. The date that your passport is valid until (again, write the day first and then the month)
  • 46. Write “01” if your passport was issued by the government and “02” if it was issued by the consulate or embassy
    • “01” is the most common response
  • 48. The date you arrived in the Schengen Area (again, write the day first and then the month)
  • 49. The name of the border you arrived at
    • You can write the name of your airport, for example, “Francoforto Sul Meno” if you arrived in Europe at the Frankfurt airport
  • 50. The number of your visa
    • There may be one box too few so you can write the last number outside of the boxes
  • 51. The type of visa you were issued
    • This is listed on your visa
  • 53. Check this box if your visa allows for multiple entries
    • This is listed on your visa (“M” for multiple entries)
  • 54. The purpose of your visa
    • Write “studio” for a study visa
  • 55. How many days your visa is valid for
  • 56. The date when your visa begins (again, write the day first and then the month)
  • 57. The date when your visa ends (again, write the day first and then the month)
  • 59.-64. can be left blank
  • 66. The two letters that represent your city (again)
  • 67. The name of your town (again)
  • 68. Your address (just the name)
  • 69. Your apartment/house number and letter (if you have one)
  • 70.The numbers/letters associated with the stairs (if applicable)
    • You can leave this blank if there is only one staircase
  • 71. This can be left blank unless you have another apartment/house number
  • 72. Your zip code
  • 73. Your email address
  • 74. Your Italian phone number
  • 77. The name of a place where you can be found if you are not at the address listed above
    • For example, if you are taking language course or studying at the university, list the name of your school
  • 78. The two letters that represent the city (again)
  • 79. The name of the town (again)
  • 80. The address of this place (the street name only)
  • 81. The building number and letter (if applicable)
  • 82. The numbers/letters associated with the stairs (if applicable)
  • 83. This can be left blank unless the building has another number/letter associated with its address
  • 84. The zip code of the place

Instructions for the pay slip

You will have to ask the official what the price is but you will put this price, in numbers, in the top right-hand corner and, written out, on the first line where it says, “importo (in lettera).” Write your full name, middle name included if you have one, on the line where it says, “eseguito da.” Then, write your full address on the line where it says, “residente in via.” You will have to write this information three different times because it’s Italy so why should things make sense?

Congratulations on tackling you permisso di soggiorno and good luck at the questura!

Disclaimer: This post does not constitute legal advice. The materials on this website have been prepared by Expat Alexa and are intended to communicate general information only. Please contact a lawyer for legal advice.


  1. Hi Alexa thanks your post is super helpful on permesso di soggiorno
    I wonder why you haven’t carried on with section so 85 onwards ?

    • Thank you! Luckily, you do not need to fill out pages 4-8. These pages are for people with special circumstances or people who have lived in Italy before. If this is your first time applying, only pages 1-3 should apply to you.

      • thanks Alexa 🙂
        Well I have lived in Italy and have Italian residency myself but I’m asking on behalf of my American husband who I feel like can get a permesso and residency on behalf of my EU rights…so when we go to apply and fill out the I select ‘family’ category or …? Sorry I’m a bit lost and appreciate any help

        • Are you located in Bologna by chance? I ask because there is an association called ACLI that helps foreigners with Italian bureaucracy. There are many of them located around Italy and I would definitely recommend going there. It’s free too! Unfortunately, I’m not quite sure what the proper protocol is in this situation. I can certainly do some research though!

  2. Ciao Alexa. This is very helpful. I am returning to the U.S. 30 May to apply for a visa for elective residency (I’m retired). The requirements are onerous but I think that I fulfill them and will be coming here to live in September of this year. I have a contract for a nice apartment in he center and will lose a bunch of money if the visa is not issued so I’m keeping my fingers crossed. If you are still here in the fall perhaps we can get together.


    • Good luck! I hope you get it! I am actually moving to Florence in a month, but I’m sure I’ll come back to Bologna every so often. Let me know how your appointment goes!

  3. Hi Alexa,

    We are currently living in Lucca and had a question regarding the renewal process for the Permesso? What is required and could you apply for renewal 5 months prior to current Permesso expiring?
    Thank you

    • Lucca is one of my favorite Italian towns! To renew your permesso, you’ll need to go to the Poste Italiane and fill out the “Permesso di Soggiorno Kit” again. Instead of checking the box that says “rilascio,” you’ll check the box that says “rinnovo.” How early you start the renewal process depends on how long your permesso is valid for. If it’s valid for 2 years, the recommended renewal time is 90 days before your permesso expires. If it’s valid for a year, the recommended renewal time is 60 days before. As far as what you need to bring, it depends on the type of permesso you have. If it’s for studying, you should bring your school documents. If it’s for work, you should bring your work contract and other related documents. Of course you’ll also need to purchase a marca da bollo.

  4. Dear Alexa ,
    Thank you for having this done, it made my form filling so much more easier and fast.
    As when I got the form I was soo stressed , how I will manage , but once I found your blog it was soo easy and fast .
    Thank you

  5. Alexa, do you know the procedure of forms to fill out for permesso di soggiorno luongo? Is it the same kit? Any help would be appreciated !!!

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