Italy: School enrollments for 2021-2022 open, compulsory for all regardless of the residence permit


The registration of incoming first year students in Italy for the 2021-2022 school year will close on January 25. Registration is also compulsory for foreign minors, regardless of the legality of their parents’ residence permit, in accordance with regulations issued by the Ministry of Education. .

Registrations for first-year kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school students for the 2021-2022 school year in Italy opened on January 4 and will close on January 25.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Education indicates that “the same registration procedures provided for students of Italian nationality apply to students of non-Italian nationality” and that parents in an irregular situation must also register their children at school.

Registration in person for undocumented foreigners

The statement, explained by the site “Integration of migrants“(integration of migrants) of the Italian Ministry of the Interior, stressed that applications must be filed online – with the exception of foreign parents in an irregular situation – for public primary and secondary schools through the website of the Ministry of Education.

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The online procedure is optional for state-recognized private primary and secondary schools and can only be used for vocational training in certain regions (Calabria, Lazio, Liguria, Lombardy, Molise, Piedmont, Sardinia, Sicily, Tuscany, Umbria and Veneto).

Parents or guardians who are not Italian citizens and who do not have a tax code, as is the case for undocumented foreigners, can go to the school of their choice to enroll students in person with the documents they have.

The administrative services of the schools will complete the registration procedures according to the regulations issued by the General Directorate of Informatics and Statistics.

860,000 foreign students in Italian schools

A guide and a link to the site “ Scuole in chiaro ” (clear schools) are available on the site for information in Italian on schools and courses.

To register students, their parents or guardians must first register on the website, a step which is not necessary for those who have already registered in the last few years or who have activated a “Spid” digital identity. .

According to data published by the Ministry of Education, there are around 860,000 foreign students in Italian schools, or 10% of the student population.

The percentage of those born in Italy is steadily increasing to almost 65%.


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