VISA procedure/ Residence permit



If you are a non-EU citizen, in order to enter in Italy intending to fill an academic position at UNICA you will need to request a SELF-EMPLOYMENT/WORKING VISA.

The documents required are:

1. entry visa application form (click here);

2. recent passport-size photo;

3. valid travel document whose expiry date is three months longer than that of the visa requested;

4. certification, issued by the competent Labour Inspection Service of the Italian DTL (Territorial Labour Office), stating that the collaboration contract does not constitute a subordinate employment;

5. proof of suitable accommodation;

6. “nulla osta” (entry clearance) issued by the Italian Questura (Police Commissary) in charge.

Visiting Professor office will request documents 4, 5, 6 on your behalf and send them to you.

Visas are issued by the Italian Embassies and Consulates located in your country of origin or permanent residence. Click here to find the one you will have to refer to.


As soon as non-EU citizens enter in Italy, they should apply for a Residence permit (permesso di soggiorno) based on the same motivations specified on their entry visa.

The request for a residence permit must be submitted within eight days after the VP’s arrival in Italy.

The Visiting Professor office will help you to submit your request.

In order to obtain a residence permit, the following documents are required:

  • Post Office Yellow Kitprovided by the VP office;
  • €16,00 revenue stamp;
  • valid passport or any other equivalent travel document bearing an entry visa;
  • a full photocopy of the travel document mentioned above;
  • invitation letter of the University of Cagliari;
  • proof of suitable accommodation;
  • 4 recent passport-size photos;
  • receipt of the postal payment slip of €30,46 (to be paid at the Post Office).

You must personally hand in the open envelope containing the above mentioned documents at one of the authorized Post Offices showing a valid identification document; you must then pay a post charge of €30,00 so that your kit can be sent to the Police Headquarters (Questura).

Once your kit has been mailed at the Post Office, you will be given a receipt and the date of the appointment at the Police Headquarters in Cagliari to leave your fingerprints. Please note that the receipt  proves that you have applied for the residence permit; keep it always together with your passport. The receipt includes a user id and password that will enable you to check the status of your application at the following website.

Websites of reference:

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