I'm from Ukraine and I'm waiting for my first permesso di soggiorno (family reunification, not a refugee). I have a ricevuta (receipt issued by Italian Post office), already submitted my fingerprints and need to wait near 8 more months to receive permesso. I'm already in Italy for 4 months.

Can I leave Italy and travel to non Schengen Area, especially Cyprus (my passport allows me to visit Cyprus) with direct flight from Italy ? And after 7-8 month come back and receive my permesso ? Because I read that if you are waiting for the first permesso, you cannot leave Italy at all, and if you leave, then they can cancel your permesso.


  • Where did you read that? Dec 14, 2022 at 17:58
  • @DavidSupportsMonica I've read tons of posts in different websites and in some of them there was this information.
    – Roma
    Dec 14, 2022 at 18:00
  • I don't know the answer to your question. However, the answer to this previous question quotes TIMATIC (the IATA document reference commonly used by airlines) as saying only renewing holders or applicants can re-enter Italy after travel, thereby suggesting that one waiting for a first permesso cannot re-enter Italy. Dec 14, 2022 at 18:53
  • @DavidSupportsMonica yeah, but I plan to stay out of Italy for 7-8 months and I'll be able to come back using my passport (when I'll gain 90 / 180 days in Schengen area).
    – Roma
    Dec 14, 2022 at 19:04
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    If leaving does not make your application abandoned, staying outside Italy for 7 or 8 months certainly is ground to refuse (the renewal) of a residence permit.
    – xngtng
    Dec 14, 2022 at 22:06

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La polizia del Stato (who deals with residence permit) states :

The same facilitated procedure is granted to foreigners who have submitted their application for their first residence permits for employment, self-employment, or family reunification, provided that:

  • they leave and re-enter Italy through any Italian external border crossing point (cicular letter 11th March 2009);
  • they show their passport or other equivalent travel document, along with the entry visa specifying the reasons of their stay (employment, self-employment, or family reunification ) and the receipt issued by Italian Post offices (Poste Italiane S.p.A.);
  • they do not transit through other Schengen countries, as this is not allowed.

Now, leaving for 7-8 months, will likely make it extremely suspicious on re-entry.

This is made for small temporary trips, you may have issues at the border, as a residence permit is made for residence.

A more than a few-weeks absence will raise eyebrows, and maybe prevent eventual renewal or even lead to pure and simple revocation, I can't find for Italy but usually 6 months out of country will invalidate your residence permit

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