If you are holding a valid study residence permit (permesso di soggiorno per studio), you can work in Italy for max. 20 hours per week, up to max.1040 hours per year. However, if you want to work in Italy full time or remain in Italy after the expiration of your permit, you will need to convert it into a permit for employment or self-employment.
Who can apply for permit conversion?
When should I apply?
You must apply for the conversion when your residence permit for study is still valid, and
How should I apply?
Step 1: Register on the Ministry of the Interior
Step 2: Submit an online application.
Step 3: Submit original documents to the Sportello Unico per l’Immigrazione at the Prefettura having jurisdiction over your place of residency (Residenza). Prefettura will approve the conversion if the requirements are met.
Step 4: Sign the contract of stay (Contratto di soggiorno) and/or pick up the residence permit application forms at the Sportello Unico per l’Immigrazione.
Step 5: File new residence permit application in the post office.
Step 6: attend the fingerprints and identification appointment at the local police office.
Step 7: Obtain your new residence permit.
What if I need more time for job searching in Italy?
If you hold an accredited undergraduate/graduate degree, Ph.D., university “master”, first/second level academic degree, Higher Technical Institute diploma. You can register as unemployed and apply for a permit for the purpose of job searching or entrepreneurship (Permesso di soggiorno per ricerca lavoro o imprenditorialita‘ degli studenti). This kind of permit allows students to legally live in Italy after their graduation while searching for a job/start a business for max 1 year.
All options for Study Permit holders in one glance: