Who can obtain the MAE card and how?
The special Identity Card issued by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE Card) for members of international intergovernmental organisations is provided to non-Italian registered EUI Ph.D. and LL.M Researchers and Postdoctoral Fellows (staying at least 12 months). It is issued shortly after your arrival: all procedures are directly managed by the EUI Admissions Office in coordination with the Italian Ministry of F.A..
Family members of researchers and fellows, visiting researchers or fellows, and all members registered at the EUI for less than one year are not eligible for the special Ministry card. They subsequently must obtain a Normal Permit of Stay.
What are the purposes and use of the MAE Card?
- Proves that the holder is a member of an international intergovernmental organisation, such as the EUI.
- Exempts the holder from having to register his/her residence with the local authorities (Registrazione della Residenza Anagrafica with the Comune) - Please note that you cannot register your residence if you hold a MAE Card.
- Exempts Non-EU/EEA nationals from applying for a permit of stay (Permesso di Soggiorno) with the Italian authorities. Furthermore, the card - together with a valid passport – entitles non-EU/EEA holders to enter the territory of any Schengen state.
- The MAE Card can been shown as proof of identity to the police or to other Italian authorities if the need arises.
For complete information on the MAE 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.
How to Travel in the Schengen Area with the MAE Card
As reported on the reverse side of the document itself, the card - together with a valid passport – entitles the bearer to enter the territory of any Schengen state
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. Non-EU/EEA nationals, 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, English or Spanish to clarify that the MAE ID Card substitutes the normal ‘permesso di soggiorno’. This declaration can be shown, along with your IMAE ID card and your valid passport, if you are requested to provide proof of your Italian residence (soggiorno).
The MAE Card cannot be used as a travel document without a valid passport.
For additional information and assistance please contact the Admissions Officer: [email protected].