This is a special ID card issued by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Ministero degli Affari Esteri (MAE) to non-Italian members of the EUI. The main purpose of this ID card is to exempt the non-EU/EEA holder from having to apply for a "permesso di soggiorno", (residence permit). See below.
It is issued shortly after arrival. The Institute cannot finalise the application until the member’s registration at the EUI. However, applicants are kindly recommended to supply the documents requested for application well ahead their arrival. Non-EU/EEA nationals are required to be issued a Visa (Type D - Mission) to obtain the card.
For complete information on the Card, including Application, Renewal and Replacement procedures
, please see: Purposes and Use of the MAE Card (PDF)
. EUI researchers and fellows are kindly reminded that it’s their responsibility to ensure that they are complying with the regulations concerning entry and stay in the territory of the Italian Republic or any other state. The EUI Admissions Office
is available for further information and assistance.
The Ministry ID card is issued to EUI researchers, post-doc fellows, staff members and staff members’ dependants, for stays of 1 year or more. The MAE card is strictly connected to the affiliation to the EUI (i.e. the card cannot be renewed beyond the duration of the researcher’s student status which for the EUI doctoral programme, can last up to 60 months). Family members of researchers and fellows, visiting researchers or fellows, and all persons registered at the EUI for less than one year are not eligible for the special Ministry card. They subsequently must register their stay in Italy according to the information reported in the paragraphs below.
How to Travel in the Schengen Area with the MAE Card
Non-EU/EEA nationals, who are in possess of an ID Card issued by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE CARD), who need to travel in EU countries after they have registered as a researcher/fellow are advised to ask for a declaration from the EUI in Italian, French, German or English to clarify for any border control that the MAE ID Card substitutes the normal ‘permesso di soggiorno’. The declaration must be produced, along with your IMAE ID card, if you are requested to show proof of your Italian residence (soggiorno).
In EU countries covered by the Schengen Agreement, the MAE ID card means that you will normally not need a visa for short stays or when in transit. However, we advise you to check with the relevant Embassy/Consulate in Italy before travelling. Contact: Lorenzo.email@example.com