How to apply for a residence permit from the Post Office

In all Italian Post Offices  you will find a free yellow kit including some of the documents you will need to apply for a work permit. Fill in the kit, by following the instructions. Besides filling in the form, you have to hand over the following documents:

 Valid Identity document (to be identified by the post clerks) 

 Photocopy of the Identity Document (A4 Format)
 Photocopy of all the other necessary documents (A4 format)

After filling out the forms, you must go to the Friendly Counter in the Post Office to hand over all the documents in an open envelope. If you are applying for a renewal, you must also hand over a copy of the expired residence permit and you must always show your passport. The counter clerk of the Post Office will issue a receipt, which once enclosed to the expired passport, replaces and has the same validity as the present coupon. 

How much it costs to obtain a residence permit

If you come from a non-EU country and you apply for a work permit with a validity longer than 90 days, you have to pay  € 27,50 through a postal giro account  form that you can get from the Friendly Counter. Before going to the post office, you will have to buy a revenue stamp from a tobacconist’s costing  € 14,62 euro. An extra € 30 will have to be paid to the post office clerk on handing over the application. The total cost for a residence permit exceeding 90 days if you come from a non-EU country is  € 72.12.

Delivery of the residence permit

The immigration office will send you a registered letter containing the date of the appointment to finalise the application and hand over the electronic residence permit. 


Fonti: Ministero dell'Interno - Poste Italiane