Police officers, employees and immigrants at the office for foreigners of police headquarters in Naples wearing masks and gloves against codivirus on February 24, 2020 | Photo: ANSA/Ciro Fusco
Police officers, employees and immigrants at the office for foreigners of police headquarters in Naples wearing masks and gloves against codivirus on February 24, 2020 | Photo: ANSA/Ciro Fusco

What are the main changes concerning the renewal and release of stay permits for foreigners in Italy, following new decrees issued by the government to contain the spread of coronavirus? That's what Catholic charity Caritas explains in a new info sheet.

The rules governing the release and renewal of stay permits for foreigners in Italy have changed amid the coronavirus emergency. Catholic charity Caritas has published an article on its website, which explains what immigrants should do to apply for a new permit or to renew their stay permit, and how asylum seekers can get international protection.

You can find the article (in Italian) here.

The rules changed after the latest decrees issued by the interior ministry to contain the spread of the coronavirus came into effect on March 9.

Caritas said the ministry closed police immigration offices until March 31. The offices, however, have remained open to process applications for international protection and also to examine expulsion orders.

Here are the main changes:

STAY PERMITS: Procedures presented as of February 23 or afterwards to apply for a new stay permit or to renew an old one have been suspended until April 15. The so-called Cure Italy decree (decreto Cura Italia) has extended the deadline for administrative procedures, Caritas said.

EXPIRED OR EXPIRING PERMITS: Permits that expire(d) between January 31 and April 15 will be valid until June 15, if a renewal has not been requested already. If nothing changes and the decree is turned into a law (which must take place by May 16), a renewal needs to be requested after June 16.

INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION: It is possible to apply during the emergency. Applying for international protection is a "fundamental right" that "gives the possibility of enjoying many other rights and for this reason it cannot be limited", Caritas said. Auditions at the territorial commissions to grant protection have been suspended and will be rescheduled as soon as possible for applicants who have already presented their request. Those who saw their applications rejected will be granted more time to appeal given that all procedures have been suspended until April 15.

 

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