Migrants protest in Naples, Italy, for faster stay permit procedures | Photo: ANSA/Cesare Abbate
Migrants protest in Naples, Italy, for faster stay permit procedures | Photo: ANSA/Cesare Abbate

From stay permits to citizenship requests -- certificates required by the Italian authorities expiring between January 31 and April 15 will have their validity extended until June 15 due to the coronavirus emergency.

The new order was announced by the Italian interior ministry’s civil liberties and immigration department.

It says that "certificates, attestations, permits, concessions, authorizations expiring between January 31 and April 15" will remain valid until June 15.  

The move is part of the suspension of deadlines as called for by the Cura Italia decree. This decree was brought in to help businesses and households affected by the novel coronavirus disease, or Covid-19, pandemic.

For administrative procedures that began on February 23 or afterwards, the period between this date and April 15 will not be included in the calculation of time limits. This means that the time between February 23 and April 15 will be added onto the orginial validity period.

These are some of the kind of procedures that are affected by the order:

  • issuing of seasonal work permits
  • issuing of permits for special cases (research, blue card, company transfers)
  • conversion of stay permits for study into ones for employment and from seasonal work to non-seasonal employment
  • issuing of permits for family reunification
  • EU long-term residency permits
  • citizenship for marriage or residency reasons
  • attestation of statelessness
  • the payment of aid to victims of terrorism
  • deadlines for talks to be held at center for drug addiction

 

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