I am a Russian passport holder, who used to live in Italy but moved to the United States two years ago with my husband.

I want to go see my family who still live in Italy. My Russian passport is going to expire in 1 month, and I plan to renew it while I'm visiting. I was told that, because I have a permesso di soggiorno, the Italian residence card which doesn't expire, I do not need a visa.

Is that correct, that I can enter Italy as my country of residence without any problems? I have a flight ticket, as well, to return in 3 months.

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    You have an Italian residence card, but you no longer actually reside in Italy, so yes, you could have problems entering Italy. Most countries have a rule that residents lose their status after some period of absence; frequently it is six months. If you had permanent residence, the threshold for disqualification is probably greater, like a year or two. These rules usually operate independently from any expiration date of any document.
    – phoog
    Apr 11, 2017 at 4:08

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You are probably no longer entitled to Italian Residence

Your EC long-term residence permit may be revoked in the following cases:

  • You have acquired it fraudulently.
  • An expulsion measure has been adopted against you.
  • You no longer fulfil the requirements set for its issue.
  • You have been absent from the territory of the European Union for a period of 12 consecutive months.
  • You have acquired long-term resident status in another European Union member State
  • You have been absent from Italy for a period exceeding 6 years.

polizia di stato

I have made two of the points bold, more information on your Italian resident permit would help us answer better or if you have spent 12 consecutive months outside the EU.

  • It says may be revoked so it might still be good?!? Also OP might have been to EU for a brief visit within those two years? I am honestly unsure how strict their reading of those rules is and how quickly / automatically they will be applied.
    – mts
    Apr 11, 2017 at 7:41
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    It's also not clear from the question that the residence permit in question was a long-term permit.
    – phoog
    Apr 11, 2017 at 8:04
  • OP says it doesn't expire so i presumed that meant permanent. If it was me I would have renewed my Russian passport in the USA and got a Schengen Visitor Visa to be safe.
    – BritishSam
    Apr 11, 2017 at 10:08

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