Immigrants in Italy and are planning to travel abroad with your families and friends, there are some important rules you must be aware of in order to avoid problems at the time of coming back to Italy.
Those with valid Permits of Stay
Those who have valid Permits of Stay can travel home and return to Italy at any time.
They can in fact freely transit through or go for holidays in all the Schengen countries (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden).
Should they need to either transit through or go for holidays in a non – Schengen country, they have to check with the Embassy of that country if they need the transit or tourist visa.
Regardless of the destination, a foreigner with a valid permit who has to travel abroad must carry along a valid passport or equivalent travel document, and the Permit of Stay which is indispensable for re-entering Italy.
Those whose permits have expired and have applied for renewal
There are however, some restrictions for foreigners whose permits have expired and have applied for renewal.
They can travel home and return to Italy at any time but they cannot transit through Schengen countries. They must carry along a valid passport or equivalent travel document, the expired Permit of Stay and the renewal slip issued at the post office at the time they submitted the application for renewal of the permit.
Those who have applied for the first Permit of Stay
Those who have just arrived in Italy and have applied for the first Permit of Stay for work under Quota Agreement (Decreto flussi) or for family reunification, can only travel to Schengen countries if they have Schengen visas still valid throughout the period to be spent abroad.
Otherwise they can only travel to their home countries and return to Italy without transiting through Schengen countries. Together with the application slip issued by the post office, they’ll also be required to carry along the passport with the visa issued by the Italian Embassy showing the reason of entry to Italy.
Those who applied for regularisation
All irregular immigrants who applied for regularisation cannot leave the national territory before their applications are fully processed.
The receipt their employers received when they applied for regularisation is not considered a valid document for re-entering Italy.
Regularisation applicants must therefore wait to be summoned to the Single Desk for Immigration at the Prefecture to undersign the Residency Contract (contratto di soggiorno) and apply for the Permit of Stay before they can travel abroad.
( Courtesy Africa News & Agencies ……. Source …… Our Freelance Contributor in London)