How to Apply for Residency in Italy

| February 22, 2017

Once you move to Italy, you may need or want to establish your legal residence in your new home in the peninsula, whether you have bought it or just rent it.

If you still have any doubts about residency and your stay in Italy, read this interview with lawyer Andrea Parisi, the principal of the “Andrea Parisi Law” firm, who talked to us about the subject.

 

1. What do you have to do to establish your residency in Italy?

“Well, as an EU citizen, you can stay in Italy as long as you want with your passport or your national ID card, but you need to inform the local central police station (the “Questura”), which will provide you with a permit in the event that you want to remain for more than three months.

So, if you are not staying in a hotel or a three-week holiday rental for example, but have decided to rent a house on a permanent basis, or have even bought your dream home in Italy, you should and can apply to establish your residency there within 20 days from moving into your new house. However, there is some paperwork that you need to submit to the General Register Office (Ufficio Anagrafe) of the town hall (Comune) where your property is located.

Firstly you must provide a valid passport or identity card from your country of origin, for yourself and for each of your family members if you want to obtain residency in Italy for them as well. Secondly, you must submit an application form to ask for residency or your change of residence and, if needed, an application form (in duplicate) to report the change on your driving licence or vehicle registration certificate. You can download these forms from the website of the town hall in which your new home is located or, if you prefer, ask for it directly at the General Register Office.

I should mention that you can use the application form to ask for a change of residence from one property to another, whether both properties are located in the same Italian town or in different towns in Italy, or if you are moving to your house in Italy from abroad.

Moreover, you will have to apply for a declaration that you are changing residence. This is required for payment of the TARI, which is the tax that covers the costs of collecting and disposing of waste in the municipalities. This means that you will need some extra information, such as your tax code (codice fiscale), your property’s surface area (in square metres) and the date when you bought or rented it.

After that, a town hall officer will check that your declaration is true: he or she will come to check that you’re actually living there.

Once residence is granted, you will be issued with a certificate of residence.”

2. But what about non-EU citizens? How can they obtain residency and how long can they stay in Italy?

“The same requirements that apply to European citizens apply to them as well. However, they also need to attach their Entry Visa (visto d’ingresso) when requested by Italian authorities in case there are no specific international bilateral agreements between Italy and your country.

If you want to obtain a “family residency”, you also need to include the visa for each family member, of course.

Bear in mind that people from a non-EU country can stay in Italy with a visa for 90 days: this is always necessary. If you want to remain for longer than three months, you need to ask for a residency permit (permesso di soggiorno) within 8 days from the time you arrive in the country. You can request it at the local “Questura” in the ‘boot-shaped’ country or at an Italian Embassy or Consulate in your home country before departure.

The residency permit will be granted on the same basis that you previously applied for the visa: for study, work or health reasons. Once you have it, you can stay for the duration of the visa. It will also allow you to visit the other countries belonging to the Schengen area and move freely around the Schengen Zone for no more than 90 days in any six-month period, provided you take your passport or equivalent identity document always with you.”

3. How long does it take to obtain residency in Italy?

“If you have a regular entry visa, you can obtain a residency permit from the Questura within 60 days. Once you have it, the town hall can grant you resident status within a further 60 days.”

4. Once I am a resident in my home in Italy, can you stay in Italy as long as you want? And what if you’re not yet a resident, how long can you stay before you must return?

“Well once you have obtained your residency in Italy, you can remain in Italy only until your residency permit expires. This means between 2 and 5 years. If you are not a resident then you can only stay for 90 days unless you have a special permit for study, work, health, or similar.”

5. How many months per year do you need to live in Italy to be considered a resident? On the other hand, if you want to stay at my property in Italy for a few months every year what will you need to do?

“To be considered a resident you need to live in Italy for at least 6 months and one day. If you intend to stay for less than this, then the period will depend on your entry visa.”

6. What if you have Italian citizenship but you’re living abroad (e.g., Argentina)? How can you obtain residency? Does that make the process easier?

“The same rules are applied as for European citizens. But as in this case you are an Italian citizen, the process might possibly be quicker.”

7. Can you buy or rent property, or start up a business in Italy, even if you are not yet resident in Italy? Can you obtain Italian residency even if you are not an Italian citizen?

“You can apply for residency if you have rented or bought a house in Italy, and it doesn’t matter if you’re not an Italian citizen, or if you don’t want to apply for Italian citizenship in the future. And of course you can buy a house even if you are not resident in Italy or you’re not an Italian citizen.”

“Should you need to obtain residency for business reasons you need to ask for a business visa at an Italian diplomatic representation in your country of origin. In this way you can stay in Italy for a short period of time, i.e., no more than 90 days. Usually you can obtain one by providing proof that you are travelling for business reasons, and guaranteeing you have adequate financial resources for the period of stay and health insurance with a minimum coverage of €30,000.00, as stated by the Ministry of Interior.”

8. What are the benefits of having Italian residency?

“Obtaining residency in Italy can bring you various tax benefits, such as a reduced payment of a 4% tax on the purchase of your ‘main home’ and reduced payment of other municipal taxes. For instance, you won’t pay the annual tax on the ownership of your property. In addition, as an Italian resident living in Italy you have the possibility of enrolling in the National Health Service and benefiting from the health care assistance provided to Italian citizens. When you register with the National Health Service, you receive a document called the “Tesserino sanitario personale” (Italian Health Insurance Card), that entitles you to a lot of free or part paid services (ticket sanitario) which can vary from region to region. These include general medical examinations in clinics and specialist medical appointments; medical visits at home; hospitalisation; vaccinations; blood tests; X-rays; ultrasound; medicines; re-education and prosthetic care.”

“In any case, whether you are a resident in Italy or not, you are entitled to receive some services such as social protection for pregnancy and maternity; protection of minors’ health; vaccinations; international prophylaxis actions; prophylaxis, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases, and so on.”

9. Are there paperwork expenses for obtaining residency in Italy?

“You have to pay the revenue stamp and administrative fees for a total of about €150.00.”

10. Can you have double residency (e.g., in Italy and the Netherlands)?

“No, this is not possible. However, you can keep your domicile abroad even if you have obtained Italian residency. So, you are not limited if you earn income abroad, I mean, for example, pensions, income from financial investments, possession of rental properties and so on.”

11. In order to gain residency, do you need to learn Italian?

“This is not required. However, nowadays some town halls ask you to have a basic knowledge of the language, just so you know what is written in the documents you have to submit.”

12. If one owns property in Italy and has a daughter. We would like her to attend school in Italy. Do you have to be resident to do this?

“According to Article 45 of Presidential Decree no. 394/1999, non-Italian citizens, regardless of the legitimacy of their position, (resident or not), are entitled to access to education provided by Italian schools and all the schools have a consequent obligation to accept them. Registration can still take place even if the school year has already started, and non-Italian pupils subject to compulsory education are automatically entered into the relevant class for their chronological age, unless the teachers decide to allocate them to a specific class.”

 

Andrea Parisi is the principal of the “Andrea Parisi Law” firm. Qualified in Italy as an Avvocato in 2002, Andrea specializes in commercial litigation and Private International Law, providing legal representation before Italian Courts in complex and high-value cross-border disputes and can offer consulting services both in Italian and English.

 

172 thoughts on “How to Apply for Residency in Italy

  1. Paola Moore

    In our experience you must provide evidence of medical insurance cover in Italy. The tourist health card will not be sufficient. After providing the necessary paperwork (ID, proof of property ownership, medical insurance) then the registrar (anagrafo) will begin the residency process and notify the questura. It is then subject to a visit by the local vigile (polizia dello Stato) who will visit, unannounced, within the following 40 days. this is to make sure that you are actually ‘living’ at the address. Following this process you can also apply for a carta d’identita from the commune.
    Paola (Umbria)

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    1. Andrea Parisi

      Dear Paola,

      I agree with what you say about the medical insurance.
      However, it is necessary to have the papers in order with regard to the Questura before applying the “Ufficio Anagrafe” of the “Comune”.

      Andrea Parisi

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      1. salman

        hi mr andrea i am doing a job in dubai as a restaurant manager and i want to open restaurant in italy can you please let me know how much money do i need to start the restaurant and i will get Residency permit?

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      2. Grace

        Greetings!
        Good day , can i jusr ask if i applied tourist visa (3 months only) , am i can still apply for residence permit even not for work, study or business purposes? And if i got my permit to stay longer than 3 months, am i able to have work there even only tourist visa?. Thanks in advance for your response. GOD BLESS.

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      3. Kavitha Jayakumar

        Dear Mr. Andrea,

        What I want to know from you is… My Boy friend is a German and he’s in Frankfurt. At the moment I am in Italy and cannot travel to Germany to meet my boy friend, Because my visa is expeired and I cannot travel back to my Country ( India ) even due to family matters. How can I get marry with my German boy friend in Italy….?

        Could you please get back to me as soon as possible with the positive answer….???

        Thanks and Regards,
        Kavitha.

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    2. Shahram SAFAVI

      Hello

      I hope you can help.

      My wife and I are British and have had a property in Borgo A Mazzono near Lucca for the last 15 years.

      Last month we tried to apply for residentship. We went to the commune offices in Borgo Borgo A Mazzono. The registrar asked us for the form E121, which was replaced to S1 a few years ago. Having contacted UK offices, getting form S1 seems a complex process.

      How can we get the registrar to accept medical insurance if this what is required?
      How can we get medical insurance that is acceptable to the registrar in Borgo?
      Do we need an Italian insurance company – If so who do you recommend?

      Any help is much appreciated.

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      1. Leigh

        Hi there,
        we are in the same boat and live in Barga, did you get anywhere with the above questions?

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    3. Ali Rehman

      Hello Dear Paola Moree
      i expired my Permesso di Soggiorno for two years now already apply to Renew it from last 7 months i am waiting i recived Id Card,Afghan Passport,Medcial card, Bank card but the main thing Soggiorno is still on pending….what shall i do would you give me information about this

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    4. Tom

      Hi I would like to retire to Sicily and live there permanatley but its not clear to me after buying a house and pay cash for it I worry that I would not be allowed to stay or told my resident permit will not be renewed after 5 years and would have to return to my home country as I will not have a home to return to. Was told I could get a perminate visa if I start an online bissness from my home in Italy is this true ? My income will be from a pension .. Thank you any real advice and facts would be greatly appreciated . Tom tkimsal@shaw.ca

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  2. Durteger

    Will UK citizens still be covered by Italian healthcare once Britain withdraws from the EU?

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    1. Andrea Parisi

      Dear Durtegger,

      in any case, whether you are a resident in Italy or not, you are entitled to receive the services listed in item no. 8 of the above article. Obviously, if you get Italian residency you’ll be protected by the whole services provided by the National Health System.

      Andrea Parisi

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  3. Susan

    I am British and hold a British passport. I recently purchased a house in Southern Italy and taxation was charged at 4% on the understanding that I will obtain Italian Residency within 12 months of purchase. I am going over to the house in early June for a number of months and would like to understand the process of obtaining such residency – please can you assist.

    Gracie
    Susan

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    1. Andrea Parisi

      Dear Susan,
      first of all let me specify that you have to obtain Italian Residency within 18 and not 12 months of purchase. The process of obtaining such residency starts by submitting the relevant application at the Town Hall. If you let me know which city your property is located in it is likely I can assist you.
      Kindest regards

      Andrea Parisi

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  4. John

    Hi Andrea,

    I am a Canadian/born with Italian citizenship, I am interested in buying an apartment in Veneto/Venezia/Padua region sometime in the future, what is the easiest way for payment for property .. ?

    Should I use Canadian banks and write a cheque or use wire transfer ?

    or

    Should I open a bank account in Italy and then wire-transfer the funds from the Canadian bank to an Italian bank and then purchase the property ?

    Thanks for response.

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    1. Andrea Parisi

      Dear John,
      thanks for writing in.
      I’d say that a bank transfer is the best way to pay the property’s purchase price.
      Indeed, according to Italian law, any payments (deposit, further instalments, balance) have to be “trackable”.
      Anyway, you can wire the money directly from your Canadian account as there’s no need to pay via an Italian bank account.
      Kind regards
      Andrea Parisi

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  5. Theresa Pantano

    I am a Canadian citizen born with Italian grandparents from Treviso. My mother was born in Canada . My question is I am now retired and have family in treviso and want to live in Italy for a couple of years . I can afford to not work and can afford to purchase international medical insurance . I need know as I went to the Italian consolate in Vancouver and asked what was the best way to get a temporary residence visa to go spend a few years in Italy . The agent was very vague and somewhat rude to me . He simply said you need to have an income of min 48k per year coming into your bank account per year . That was it ! Can you please give me a better idea how to handle this . My cousin in Italy is now 81 and want to go there and spend time with my mothers family as soon as possible as he is now elderly . any assistance would be a great help .

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    1. Andrea Parisi

      Dear Theresa,
      the circumstance you’ve been told you have to show a 48k income per year sounds very strange to me.
      The best solution in your case would be you to apply the Consulate for a long term visa (usually it is granted in few months’ time and is valid at least for 2 years).
      Once in Italy, your long term visa would be replaced with a long term permission of staying by applying the Questura (i.e. the local Police Department).
      Kind regards

      Andrea Parisi

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    2. TGS

      Hi the Vancouver embassy has told us the same thing. We told them we aren’t of retiring age but we have more than enough cash. They still said we need an income. I then asked based on our age and financial position, what visa do we qualify for? They sent me the link for the embassy website again. Basically meaning we don’t qualify for any visa if we want to stay longer than 90 days! Seems a bit ridiculous. Have you found out any more info?

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      1. Alice

        If you have Italian heritage why don’t you apply for an Italian passport then you could enter and stay as long as you like?

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  6. Alan Grigoletto

    Hello Andrea,

    I am a newly minted Italian Citizen with dual US/Italian passports. I took a one year lease on an apartment in Bassano with my wife who holds only a US passport. I’m greatly confused about the requirements to obtain la “carte di sanita” for us while we remain here and travel back to US for short periods under 60 days to visit our children. I’m retired and have adequate means to support us. I belive as a citizen of Italy I’m entitled to emergency services and by marriage my wife is as well? I have a codice fiscale, rental agreement and marriage cerificate written in Italian. What time period is require for residency?

    Grazie in anticipo

    Alan Grigoletto

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    1. Andrea Parisi

      Dear Alan,
      I suggest you to go to Agenzia delle Entrate (i.e. the tax office) to convert the “codice fiscale” with “tessera sanitaria”.
      By having a “tessera sanitaria” you are entitled to join the “Servizio Sanitario Nazionale” (i.e. the National Health System).
      However, some local branches of the Agenzia delle Entrate ask applicants to show their residency status before granting the tessera sanitaria, so that you have to apply the local Municipality.
      Municipalities grant residency status if applicants can prove they have a place to live, enough means to survive (approximately 15000 per year for 2 persons) and a policy.
      Kind regards

      Andrea Parisi

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  7. Ash

    Hi

    I am Jordanian and I am residence in Saudi Arabia , my degree is engineering in electronics and communication, and also I have my MBA from Geneva, I am planning to start a business under my brother in law company in Milan, and he want to make me residence in Italy for easier traveling, the question is how many days I should stay in Italy to maintain the residency?, I will be getting salary from the company and will pay all taxes.

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    1. Andrea Parisi

      Dear Ash,
      according to Italian law you’d spend in Italy most of your time.
      Andrea Parisi

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  8. Gabriel

    Dear Andrea,

    I am a US citizen holding a us passport. If I enter Italy on a tourist Schengen visa, meaning only with my passport since US citizens don’t need to obtain a visa for a 90 in 180 days stay in the Schengen countries, would I still be able to apply for a Italian residency after entering Italy through a process you described above?

    Thanks in advance for your time.

    Kind Regards,
    Gabriel

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    1. Andrea Parisi

      Dear Gabriel,
      I’m afraid to tell you that you need a long term visa (at least 2 years’) to apply for an Italian residency through the described process.
      Kind regards,

      Andrea Parisi

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      1. Gabriel

        Dear Andrea,

        Thanks for your answer. I understand that its not possible to obtain Italian residency entering as a tourist, but just to follow up on my initial question, what if I obtain temporary residency in another EU country, say Germany for example, can I then travel to Italy and apply for temporary residence through the described process or will I still need to apply for a visa at an Italian consulate in Germany before entering Italy. Thanks again for your time.

        Kind Regards,
        Gabe

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  9. Stephen Mills

    Hello, I have an interest in relocating to Italy from the U.K and would like to ask you what are the specific requirements for obtaining residency regarding income and medical cover. I’m 58yo so not of state pensionable age. Also I have no intention to work in Italy as I have private means.
    Thankyou
    Steve

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    1. Andrea Parisi

      Dear Steve,
      you’d prove an annual income amounting to 12-13,000 Euros.
      Moreover, you’d also get an insurance policy which costs around 200 Euros per year.
      Kind Regards
      Andrea Parisi

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      1. Stephen Mills

        Thanks Andrea, can a lump sum be taken into consideration instead of income?
        I only have very small pension of 5,000 Euros but have capital enough to easily provide for my needs.
        Medical cover just 200 Euros p.a? Really !!

        Regards
        Steve

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        1. Andrea Parisi

          Dear Steve,
          I confirm a lump sum can be taken into consideration instead of annual income, provided you keep to your bank account the amount of money (better some money more…) I’ve already informed you about.
          The insurance policy you’d get costs approximately 200 Euros.
          Kind regards,
          Andrea Parisi

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  10. Onyeakazi Jude Chukwuma

    Hello Andrea,
    I am a Nigerian Citizen with residence in Italy. This is my 7th year in Italy. The truth of the matter is that I have no work and as such have not been paying tax. Am I entitled to file for citizenship as well, despite the fact that I have no work?
    Thanks for your time.

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    1. Andrea Parisi

      Dear Onyeakazi Jude Chukwuma,
      I’m afraid to tell you that first of all you have to wait for further 3 years’ time before applying for citizenship, but I can’t guarantee your citizenship applicaton will be successfull as you haven’t been working nor paying taxes over last 7 years.
      Kind regards
      Andrea Parisi

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  11. VIKRAM

    Hi, Andrea,

    The Permanent Residency of Italy Looking me like a Rocket science !

    Could you please tell me If I complete 5 years of education in Italy, is that will bring me a chance to stay permanently in italy? How can I get permanent residency entered as a student

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    1. Andrea Parisi

      Dear Vikram,
      unfortunately 5 years of education in Italy are not sufficient to get permanent residency.
      I assume you are more than 18 years’ old and that you don’t have parents who got Italian citizenship, hence you will always have to prove the Italian Government of being provided with a house to stay and enough money to survive.
      Regards
      Andrea Parisi

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  12. Dianne

    Hi – I work for a US citizen and his wife who are currently living in the UK under a BRP Tier 2 (General) Leave to Remain / BPR PBS Dependant Leave to Remain who are purchasing a 2nd property in Italy. I believe they need to first have an entrance visa before being able to apply for residency. Please can you tell me the procedure for this as I am struggling to find all the information I need on various websites and seem to be going round in circles.

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    1. Andrea Parisi

      Dear Dianne,
      I confirm that the US citizens you mentioned need an entrance visa before entering Italy, however this is not such a difficult thing.
      It goes without saying that if they are going to get Italian residency once purchased a property in Italy, they’d start thinking about applying for a long term visa (also called type “D” visa) instead of a tourist visa.
      Kind regards
      Andrea Parisi

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  13. Mike

    Hi Andrea,

    Me and my wife & our four children have just moved to Italy and have a CONTRATTO DI COMODATO can we use this to get our residency in Italy?

    We are from the United Kingdom.

    Many thanks

    Mike

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    1. Andrea Parisi

      Hello Mike,
      yes of course you can use the “comodato” contract to get your residency, as the Law just requires you have a house to live in, no matter you pay for it.
      Kind regards
      Andrea Parisi

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  14. Sosho

    can I get permanent residencey in Italy if I buy a house ? any help or advice to settlement in Italy.

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    1. Andrea Parisi

      Dear Sosho,
      buying a house can be just a first step in the process of getting permanent residency in Italy, then you have to get a long term visa entry, a medical insurance policy and prove to have enough means to survive in Italy before your residency status is granted.
      Kind regards
      Andrea Parisi

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  15. noor

    Hi andrea
    -the local vigilie complet there process ,now my residency file is in the questura, after how many days i expect to get my residency?
    -my visa is expired in middle of August is that make any problems if i urgently travel and come back in September before i get my italy residents? or get a new visa ? or its better not leave Italy ?
    -can the lawyer make the process faster in questura?
    Thanks

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    1. Andrea Parisi

      Dear Noor,
      now the vigile completed his task I’d say that you’d get your residency in less than 30 days’ time.
      Given that the vigile already came to check if you was at home, you can leave Italy and come back in September before you get your residency papers, provided you always have a valid visa as you enter Italy.
      Under a legal point of view, the lawyer can’t make the process faster in Questura.
      Kind regards
      Andrea Parisi

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  16. Michael J Perri

    I am a US citizen both of my parents are full blooded Italians I want to move to Italy and have dual residency with my wife what do I need to do also would like to purchase or rent a domicile When we arrive

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    1. Andrea Parisi

      Dear Michael,
      before being able to tell you anything you’d let me know whether or not your parents loose their Italian citizenship.
      Kind regards
      Andrea Parisi

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  17. Adam

    Dear Andrea,
    I am Algerian citizen and I have no legal entry to Italy, I have heard about Italy releases 2017 work permit quotas for non-EU nationals, one of the content of the 2017 Quota Decree is :
    Foreign nationals who have completed specific educational programs in their home country: 500 permits.
    I think I fill this requirement as I have a Master degree in my home country but my question when will the process start to submit my application and how I will get the work contract if I have no residence card in Italy as non of the employer will make a contract for some one who is illegal.. I have also an expired passport, can I proceed with this document in the application form, I am really lost and I need you kindly to guide me on here please.
    Thank you so much in advance

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    1. Andrea Parisi

      Dear Adam,
      I confirm what you say about the 2017 work releases, but we are still waiting for the Government to issues some shorter decrees to better explain how the major decree works.
      Anyway, bear in mind that you have to have your passport in place before entering Italy.
      Kind regards
      Andrea Parisi

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  18. harter

    Hi Andrea,

    My parent is an Italian citizen and born there but married and lived in UK in the 1950s
    She applied for Italian residency about 5 years ago and owns a house in Italy, but never managed to
    spend 6 months and a day in Italy, due to health issues and NHS use. She recovered last year
    and went to Italy permanently. Now we are looking at her taxes and wondering if she paid
    tax in the correct country, she paid tax in Italy as she was resident there but lived in UK. She did not own a house in Uk, she stayed with a relative.

    Would residency in Italy and owning a home there, make her a UK or Italian tax resident?

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    1. Andrea Parisi

      Dear Harter,
      an Italian residency would make her an Italian tax resident, however consider that she will never get a double taxation (i.e. if her pension or any other UK recurring income is taxed in UK she won’t be taxed again in Italy).
      Kind regards
      Andrea Parisi

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  19. steven smith

    Hello, wonder if you can help.
    Am a resident in Italy with our own home.
    I understand that if we are out of the country for more than 182 days a year we are not subject to Tax on our worldwide Income?
    We have a daughter who lives in America and plan to spend a number of months with her NExt year and with our family in UK?
    In order to prove our this for tax purposes is it advisable to advise the local commune when we are out of Italy so they can record it in the residents register?
    Thanks for your help

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    1. Andrea Parisi

      Dear Steven,
      whether you are British or American citizen, your foreign incomes will not be taxed in Italy, no matter you spend most of the year out of Italy.
      Hence, in order to avoid any other “problems” or “misunderstandings” with Italian Tax Office, if I were you I wouldn’t advise the local Comune…
      Kind regards
      Andrea Parisi

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  20. Shahram SAFAVI

    Hello Andrea

    I hope you can help.

    My wife and I are British and have had a property in Borgo A Mazzono near Lucca for the last 15 years. Last month we tried to apply for residentship. We went to the commune offices in Borgo Borgo A Mazzono to start the process. The registrar asked us for the form E121, (E121 was replaced to S1 a few years ago). Having contacted UK offices, getting form S1 seems a complex process.

    How can we get the registrar to accept medical insurance if this what is required?
    How can we get medical insurance that is acceptable to the registrar in Borgo?
    Do we need an Italian insurance company – If so who do you recommend?

    Any help is much appreciated.

    Kind regards

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    1. Andrea Parisi

      Dear Shahram SAFAVI,
      the registrarcouldn’t ask you the form E121 nor S1 as the Law requires a medical insurance policy to get Italian residency.
      Said policy takes the place of any other form.
      However, before getting any medical insurance, in order not to waste money you’d better ask the registrar which kind of policy will be considered acceptable.
      Obviously you need an Italian insurance company, but any company goes well, provided that the specific policy is acceptable for the registrar.
      Kind regards,
      Andrea Parisi

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  21. Dave

    Hi,

    I am due to start a short term contract in October for 3mnths but is highly likely to be extended for a further 12mnths.

    I am taking my wife and children and intend to get them enrolled into a local Italian school which from what I have read they need to be an Italian resident and have to state that we will live in Italy permanently even though it might only be 15mnths.

    Can you recommend the best way to move forward with residency if indeed we need to do that.

    Thanks

    Dave

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    1. Andrea Parisi

      Dear Dave,
      I reckon you’d better ask your employer to issue a formal declaration about your contract likely to be extended for a further 12mnths.
      It is not necessary you, your wife and children to get a permanent Italian residency to get children enrolled into a local Italian school as a family long term permission of staying for business (based on a long term business visa) will be considered sufficient.
      Kind regards,
      Andrea Parisi

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  22. Danielle

    Hello Andrea

    I hope you can help. I have dual citizenship, and one of them is an Italian passport. I was born aboard. I moved to Rome one year ago, and have now found work. I am due to start working. I have not declared my residency yet as they ask for proof of rent contract- (which unfortunately my landlady does not have!!!)

    Do I need my residency listed in Rome (if it is still abroad?) to be able to start working? How does this affect taxes?

    In other words- by avoiding changing my residency to Rome, can I still work legally in Italy (even if I have an Italian passport)

    Thanks so much
    Danielle

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    1. Andrea Parisi

      Dear Danielle,
      you don’t need your residency listed in Rome to be able to start working, as the Law doesn’t require residence at the moment to sign any employment contract.
      This won’t affect taxes as your income will be taxed in Italy and won’t abroad (I assume you are resident in the US or the UK).
      Alla above given, I confirm that by avoiding changing your residency to Rome, you can still work legally in Italy (no matter you have an Italian passport in your case).
      Kind regards
      Andrea Parisi

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  23. Andrea Parisi

    Dear Harter,
    an Italian residency would make her an Italian tax resident, however consider that she will never get a double taxation (i.e. if her pension or any other UK recurring income is taxed in UK she won’t be taxed again in Italy).
    Kind regards
    Andrea Parisi

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  24. Sam Perera

    Dear Andrea,
    I am a Srilankan and I came to Italy in Oct 2011. I have a residence from that date to January 2017 but at the moment I have no residence here. My husband can give me a hospitality . There is a house contract under his name and under one of his friend ‘s name. Is it possible for me to apply for the Carta siogiono. My husband already have a Carta siogiono.
    Thank you
    Sam Perera

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  25. Dennis

    Hello – I am British – I lived in Italy from 1991 to 2002 and had residency there.
    I’m thinking of returning back to Italy and have all the conditions needed for residency in place.
    My question is once I return and have residency again, can my previous length of stay be used for an application of permeant residence and or application for citizenship?

    Reply
    1. Andrea Parisi

      Hello Dennis,
      I am afraid to tell you that your previous residency will not be useful for your purposes.
      Andrea Parisi

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  26. Jitendra

    We couple are Registered practicing doctors of Indian System Of Medicine and Yoga Therapy, aged 59. Our only unmarried daughter aged 25 has just got her M.tech in Data Analytics in IT field from a valid Indian University. She is not doing Job right now. If all of us want to migrate to Italy by investing money there in some business (except agriculture) what amount we need to invest? Please answer. All of three have just returned from Europe tour and liked this county too much. Some person we met in Napoli told us that if we invest 30000 euro it is possible. I am also a published writer in English. Your help will be highly appreciated.

    Reply
    1. Andrea Parisi

      Dear Jitendra,
      you will not be asked a specific amount of money to invest, provided you set up a company.
      The main problem will be you to prove an annual income to survive in Italy.
      Andrea Parisi

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  27. Elisabeth

    Hello Andrea,

    I recently corresponded with the Visti department at the Italian consulate in San Francisco. i would be interested if your understanding is the same.
    I am a US citizen married for 28 years to a dual citizen (US and Italian). Our marriage was in the US, but is registered in Padova. My husband is currently listed on the AIRE and we currently reside in Honolulu, Hawaii.
    He has an Italian passport, a codice famiglia and a codice fiscale.
    Our plan is to retire in Italy (probably in or near Verona) in April 2018. We will be looking for an apartment to lease and then establish residency. My question is in regards to whether I need to obtain a visa before leaving the US? The consulate said that …”the family visa for foreign nationals married to Italian citizens has been eliminated completely”. They say I can travel to Italy visa-free for 90 days, then we can both go to the local Questura to apply for residency once we have an apartment.
    Will I need Italian health insurance until my residency is confirmed?
    Will the Questura require an FBI and state background checks for me?

    Thank you for your assistance.
    Cordiali saluti,
    Elisabeth

    Reply
    1. Andrea Parisi

      Dear Elisabeth,
      I confirm you need a visa before leaving the US, but you can well apply for any long term visa, even for a “residenza elettiva” visa assuming you are married to a person provided with an Italian passport.
      Then you can both go to the local Questura to apply for long term residence permit and finally apply the Municipality for residency status.
      You will need Italian health insurance, a house and the possibility to show an annual income sufficient to survive in Italy.
      The Questura will not require an FBI and state background checks for you both.
      Andrea Parisi

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  28. Antonio Vilone

    Hello Andrea! I’m Italian born and live in Canada as a Canadian Citizen. Both of my parents retired and moved back to Italy! My father died in 2004 without a will and my mother died in 2016. My mother had a will and left her share of the house to 3 sons. We also have a sister that lives in Italy and lives 100 miles from where my mother lived. She did not participate in my mother’s life in a positive way and now she is making it that it is impossible to enjoy our property in Italy! Because of Italian Real Estate Law my sister retains one twelfth of the property (from my Fathers share) and is not co-operating with us. Question? How do we get her to sell her share to us for a reasonable price as she is very unrealistic. I know that Italian courts are backed up for many years and do not wish to take this route! Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!

    Reply
    1. Andrea Parisi

      Dear Antonio,
      I strongly suggest you to go through a “procedimento di mediazione”, i.e. an alternative dispute resolution process.
      Andrea Parisi

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  29. Pawan

    Hello sir,
    My husband is in Italy.He got his 6 month residency after expiry date with the mistake of questura member..now,what can he do for getting soggiorno..Sir please help me…

    Reply
  30. Qasim Ali

    Dear sir / madam..

    I am visitor of italy like its my first time to visit here in italy please guide me what is the legal way to apply residence of italy furthermore i have only one month visa for schengon so kindly guide me..

    Reply
  31. Noor Ahmad

    Dear,

    As the Mayor of South Italy town Puglia has announced residency for expats. I want to know how to apply for it. Please guide.

    Noor Ahmad
    00971501282327

    Reply
    1. Gate-away.com

      Hi Noor,

      We’ve never heard about it. What’s the name of this town in Puglia region of Italy?

      All the best,

      the Gate-away.com Team

      Reply
  32. Jeremiah

    I’m Nigerian married to an Italian citizen in Italy.
    I don’t have any Italian document before and please want do I need for my resident card meaning the process

    Reply
    1. Andrea Parisi

      Dear Jeremiah,
      you’d just bring all the documents proving you are married to an Italian citizen to the Questura.
      Andrea Parisi

      Reply
      1. Jeremiah

        Thanks
        We have already visited Questura in Nov and i got appointment.
        The appointment was 4th Jan and i was fingerprinted.

        My questions are
        1. How long does it take for the resident permit to be already?
        2.Can i apply for a codice fiscale?
        Thanks

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  33. Caroline

    Hello. I am an Australian resident and my grandparents were born in Italy and died in Italy. My father became an Australian citizen before I was born however I do not know if he retained dual citizenship.
    I would like to understand whether I have any chance at having Italian citizenship. My father when living in Australia (now passed) received an Italian Pension and my mother now receieves the pension.
    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Andrea Parisi

      Dear Caroline,
      before answering your question you’d let me know whether or not your dad renounced to Italian citizenship…
      Andrea Parisi

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    2. Igor Troisi

      Buongorno,
      I am a South African citizen, with an Italian father, nonna & nonna(now deceased). I was born in South Africa, however my father had naturalised for a brief period as South African at the time of my birth. He reattained his Italian citizenship shorty after my birth.
      I am now in Borgosesia renting an apartment and hoping to start the process to acquire residency. I currently only have a 90 day Visa. Would you kindly advise me? Many Thanks,
      Ciao,
      Igor Troisi

      Reply
  34. Abdelmalek

    Dear Mr Andrea Parisi,
    Could you please provide me your contact number?

    Reply
  35. Gurvinder Singh

    Hello sweet friends my name is gurvinder Singh from,,, India ,,,I have 9 month work permit from Italy ,,, so my friends , If i get Italian permanent residency ,what’s are conditions please friends I m waiting for your answer…………… Thanks you very much ,,,,,,,,,

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  36. Victoria

    Hi Andrea,

    We are US citizens. We’re living and working in US. We’re planning to buy an apartment in Italy first for vacation stays and later probably relocate.
    We see that taxes on the property are very different for Residents and Non residents. How can we apply for the residency and how long it would take while purchasing the apartment. Would it make sense to apply for the residency before the purchase or it could much slowdown the process.

    Thank you ,
    Victoria.

    Reply
    1. Andrea Parisi

      Dear Victoria,
      if you declare you are going to become resident within 18 months from the moment of the signing of the title deeds then you can pay taxes upon purchase as resident anyway.
      Andrea Parisi

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  37. Naz

    Hello
    I am naz from british citizen and want to join my husband who is living in italy with (permesso di soggiorno)
    I go to angraphe(comune di bergamo) for carta di identita.,.. but comuna said, i must show 5800€ in my account and also insurance , for applying carta di identita …whatbis this??
    Really very disoppinted for us..
    How can possible for tjis possible witout remaim 5800 € in my account…?

    Reply
    1. Andrea Parisi

      Hello Naz,
      I do think it is not a major problem, just show the Comune a bank statement…
      Andrea Parisi

      Reply
  38. babak

    hello.im 40 years old and im from IRAN originally,i would like to know is it possible to obtain resident permit or visa for me and my wife and childeren by buying property or home in italy?

    Reply
    1. Andrea Parisi

      Hello Babak,
      I confirm it is possible to obtain resident permit for you and your wife and childeren by buying property or home in Italy, however you have to apply for a long term visa at the Italian Consulate in your Country before starting said process.
      Andrea Parisi

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  39. Roa

    Hi Andrea,
    I am planning to open a company in Europe, preferably in Italy based on the advantages it offers.
    I have a company in Texas, US, we are into technology and consulting business, I wish to know is it possible to get a long term residence permit to my self and my family to stay in Italy, we do not want citizenship.
    If yes, what is the process and costs involved, your reply will be highly appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Roa

    Reply
    1. Andrea Parisi

      Dear Roa,
      it is well possible for you and your family to get Italian residency.
      However, before considering this possibility I suggest you to applying for a business visa entry at the Italian consulate in your Country.
      Andrea Parisi

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  40. Raj kaur

    My husband in Italy but I am come Australia in visitor visa so I am going in Australia to italy visitors visa

    Reply
  41. Alisha

    Hi sir i would like to know that i am an indian citizen and want to move in candela city italy so what is the procedure can i being an indian citizen move there and start my life ?how can i apply can i get residenship what will be the charges
    Please reply
    Thankyou

    Reply
    1. Andrea Parisi

      Dear Alisha,
      you can start the residency process only once you have a place to stay in Italy, a long term visa (at least 2 years) and the possibility to show an annual income that allows you to survive in Italy.
      Andrea Parisi

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  42. Mohamed sulieman

    hey hey
    my dad is Libyan and has gotten a bank account in Italy would he be able to apply for the residency as well as he has gotten the tax number that he has been paying tax for ling time ago

    Reply
    1. Andrea Parisi

      Dear Mohamed,
      even though your dad is Libyan and has gotten a bank account in Italy he’ll be able to apply for the residency only if he can show having a house in Italy.
      Andrea Parisi

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  43. Samantha

    Hi Andrea,
    I am a UK citizen who has moved to Milan in September for long term work. I submitted my paperwork for residency via post 1 month ago and have not heard from anyone.
    Who do I follow up with?
    I also read in your comments that I need to apply for medical insurance before residency is granted, is that correct?
    Lastly, once I get residency, only then can I apply for a codice fiscale card?
    Thanks,
    Samantha

    Reply
    1. Andrea Parisi

      Dear Samantha,
      you have to wait until Questura ask you to go to their office by person.
      However, residency status is granted by Municipality so you have to apply for medical insurance before starting the residency process at Municipality.
      Re the codice fiscale card you can obtain it any time, no need to wait until residency process is completed.
      Andrea

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  44. Gokce

    Hello Andrea,
    I’ld like to ask a question as well.
    I’m holding 5 years residence permit consecutively and I’ll pay tax on May/June ’18 ( I’m holding autonomous working permit right now as 5th)
    Is there any “must” when I apply the carta di soggiorno from Milano that “I have to work 3 years (or paying tax for 3 years)” ?
    I couldn’t find any written sentence however, as I heard if you apply from Milan, they might go slow with your application if you have less than 3 working years within those 5 years.
    Is there any part of truth?
    Should I go and apply from Milan in that situation or try any other city ?
    Your help will be very appreciated in this matter..
    Thanks in advance.
    Gokce

    Reply
    1. Andrea Parisi

      Dear Gokce,
      if you reside in Milan I confirm you have to go through Milan …
      Andrea

      Reply
  45. Trung

    Dear Andrea!
    I’m Vietnamese , I enter Italy on a tourist Schengen visa. I want to buy house in italy
    Can I stay in Italy and buy a house and apply residence visa without returning to Vietnam?
    If possible, after buying a house in Italy can I pick up my wife and two child to?
    What conditions do I need?
    In Vietnam I can not find a guide for a long-term visa to buy a home

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  46. Mike T

    Hi Andrea,

    We lived in a house in Italy for 6 months on contratto di comodato. We didn’t need to pay rent but in exchange we worked on the land for the owners. However during our stay we found the house was in a very bad condition which became worse in the winter. For example there was lots of mold growing in the bathrooms which returned thick & black after we cleaned this the first time. Also the heating did not work, the radiators leaked and the fire stove leaked smoke when we used it. We also tried using electric heaters which blew the electrics every time so we’re without heating. We asked for this to be fixed including many other things however were sadly not fixed and if they were, were not done by a professional which meant they broke again shortly after. I wanted to know if this is legal? Are we entitled to compensation as there were six people living in a three bedroom house. Our children are aged 10,8,6 & 1 year old. Also my wife has been pregnant throughout this stressful time. We believe these conditions were very bad for our health and put a lot of stress on us during our time there which forced us to move out 2 weeks before the contract was finished. However I’m sure these conditions are not a legal place for a family with young children to be living. Any advice on how we can legally proceed or information / legislation rules for living conditions would be very much appreciated. Thanks Mike

    Reply
  47. Rose

    Attorney Andrea,

    I am a student in Italy holding a student permit (PDS motivo di studio) and it will expire on 30th of april 2018, which is this coming april. I just want to ask if I could further stay for 60 days more after it is expired to have my certificates translated and have sworn translations at tribunale which i need when i go back home.If i stay until May, and my oermesso is already expired, will i have problems at the immigration when i exit and go back home, because One of the patronato told me that if my student permit is already expired i can still stay further 60 days without violating any immigration law, but I just wanted to be sure because i cannot see any written law about this and obviously i don’t want to have problems when i exit and go home because i am not well informed. Your response sir will be highly appreciated.Thank you very much Attorney! God bless and more power

    Rose

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  48. Asim

    Hello dear Andrea
    I want apply agriculture visa for my brother but he is know 17 year 7 month can i apply his file thnx for response it can help me a lot if u give me information

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  49. Dave

    I am working in Sicily and already have my codice fiscale and I am renting a place with my family.

    I have tried to get my two sons into school but the school says they need a codice fiscale as well. Is this true and is there anything I need to be aware of or are there any implications?

    Thanks

    Dave

    Reply
  50. Ali

    I’m studying in sweden. Further , I want to start a small business in italy.
    Now, Can I apply for work permit in Italy.
    what is required for it?

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  51. AGSergi

    Hello there, do i still need a permesso di soggiorno if i have a carta di soggiorno familiari? I got a letter from the town hall that i need to apply a new permesso di soggiorno?

    Reply
  52. Bridget Bateman

    Hello

    My husband and I are UK Citizens and are planning to retire in March 2019 and live ( possibly work) in italy for a least a year. We’re concerned that if we wait until the ‘Brexit’ date also in March 2019, we will lose our opportunity to apply for residency. What’s the best way to secure our dream – will we have to move and apply for residency earlier in 2019 ?

    Reply
  53. Lindsey Ann Turner

    Hi Andrea,

    My parents own a property near Lucca and now are looking to gain residency.
    They’ve recently been looking at health insurance and been quoted around £300 a month! On an earlier post I saw you advise that insurance can be obtained for more like 300€ a year. Could you please let me know the best places for these quotes??

    Many thanks

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  54. Nicole

    Hello,

    I am from Canada, but my boyfriend plays professional hockey in Italy, and he also has his Italian Citizenship.
    For next year, I would like to come with him for the hockey season, but I will not work when in Italy. What type of permit should I apply for?

    Thank you in advance!

    Reply
  55. Anna Aktaryan

    Dear Andrea,
    I recently got a position at the Politecnico di Torino and was granted with Italian Visa for the period of the employment to apply for a residence permit after my arrival to Italy. I also have Portuguese residence permit form my Ph.D. studies there valid for the whole period of employment.
    As it was mentioned above one cannot have double residency, thus I would like to know if I should apply for annulment of my Portuguese residency by myself or it will be done automatically when I apply for the Italian one.
    Thank you for your time,
    Best regards,
    Anna

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  56. Igor Troisi

    Hi Andrea,
    I am a South African citizen . My father is Italian however had naturalised as South African when I was born. He had reaquired his Italian citizenship shortly after my birth. My grandparents remained their Italian citizenship until their death. I am currently in Borgosesia renting an apartment and would like to acquire residency, but finding it challenging. Would you kindly advise me as to what the correct process should be? I currently have a 90 day Visa.
    Many Thanks!!

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  57. ziska arnold

    hello,

    Im a citizen of Jamaica, have legal residency in the United States for 2 years, I’m a Registered Nurse, I am seeking to gain legal residency in Italy, how should I proceed?

    Thanks

    Reply
  58. Phillip

    What an amazing resource Andrea, thank you! I have a couple questions I hope you can help me with.

    My wife is an American citizen but eligible for jure sanguinis. Due to the incredibly long wait times at our consulate in San Francisco we would like to apply for her citizenship in Italy. I understand there is a permesso di soggiorno in attesa della cittadinanza she could get while waiting for her application to be approved. My question is, would my self and my children be eligible to stay under that same permesso di soggiorno? If not, what would my options be to move with my family while waiting for my wife’s citizenship?

    I understand that it would be a simple process to apply for my children’s Italian citizenship if my wife has hers. Do we need to wait to apply for them or can it be done at the same time my wife submits her application?

    My last question, once she and my children gain their citizenship, do I need to apply for citizenship (as a spouse married to a new Italian citizen, unfortunately my only Italian ancestors do not qualify my for jure sanguinis) back in the US or can I do that while in Italy?

    Any help with my questions would be amazing and very much appreciated!

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  59. Corinna

    Hello Andrea,
    My Italian mother recently died in England. I am having problems with the death certificate and various other documentation as she was known by different names in Italy and the UK. I have been told I have to doa positivo, negativo. How do I even start this process please?

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  60. C Scumaci

    Dear Andrea

    My question is
    I was born in italy in 1951 in 1954 my father and mother came to england,
    in1960 we were naturalised british .
    i would like Dual nationality how do i obtain this ,the Consulate in London are not very helpful
    i have had my british naturalisation documents translate into Italian with a notary stamp.
    I have my Italian birth certificate .
    how do i get registered with AIRE
    how do i obtain a passport
    HELP

    best wishes
    Carmine Scumaci

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  61. Nelson

    Hi
    Am Nelson
    Pls sir, I hv 7yrs resident in Italy an am working. Pls can i apply for Italian passport???

    Reply
  62. Baloch

    Dear Sir,
    I’m a non-EU international student; doing MSc in Mechanical Engineering in Milan and will go through a PhD degree after that because I have a scholarship for 5 years for Master and PhD.
    I want to get permanent Residency in Italy, can you please tell me the requirements and procedures?
    Grazie mille

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  63. Jeannine

    Dear sir we are South African Citizens with an income generated from our business in South Africa . We want to relocate to Italy and purchase a house that is currently an AIRBANDB . I have read that the income should be 5000 euros pp to get an elective Visa . If we were then to carry and the AIRBANDB business how would we go about that as we would also be earning money from a portion of the residence that we own in Italy ? Would the elective Visa be the correct one to Obtain ?

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  64. Winnie

    Great article thanks. My problem is i am already renting a flat in Turin however the landlord has not given me an official rental agreement as he prefers “cash in hand”.
    How would i apply for residency without the headache of finding another flat with a contract. Is there a form that allows those renting privately to apply for residency without getting my landlord in to any trouble with Italian tax authorities? ?

    Thank you in advance!

    Reply
  65. Jannette

    Hello,
    I am an American citizen working in Bolivia. I will retire in June 2018 and would like to live in Italy (Sicily). My question is this: If I enter Italy without any specific visa (I don’t need one as an American citizen), can I just go to apply for a permesso disiggiorno within 8 days at the police or post office? Or do i need a specific type of entrance document? I have read the requirements for the permesso di siggiorno and can supply all the necessary paperwork to the authorities in Italy. I have read so much conflicting information; I want to be clear.

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  66. Paul

    Hi
    My fiance is a South African citizen with a italian passport and a codice fiscale. She had never been in Italy before. We are now in Italy exploring towns and cities where we want to settle. According to the italian embassy in South Africa she need to register herself at a town hall to obtain a residency certificate. What they did not tell us is what documents she need to take with to the town hall. Any advise will be appreciated.

    Reply
    1. samanta

      Hi Paul,

      If she want to obtain residency in Italy, once you have bought or rented a house in Italy, you need to go to the town hall where the property is located with a valid passport or identity card, codice fiscale and permesso di soggiorno (Italian permit for stay in the country). Probably you’ll also need to fill out an application form you can find on the website of the town hall or you can ask for it directly when you’re there. So she can obtain it.

      Reply
    2. Gate-away.com

      Hi Paul,

      If she want to obtain residency in Italy, once you have bought or rented a house in Italy, you need to go to the town hall where the property is located with a valid passport or identity card, codice fiscale and permesso di soggiorno (Italian permit for stay in the country). Probably you’ll also need to fill out an application form you can find on the website of the town hall or you can ask for it directly when you’re there. So she can obtain it.

      All the best,

      the Gate-away.com team

      Reply
  67. Joe Perachio

    Salve

    I am an American citizen of Italian ancestry. As of 2012 I have owned a home in the town of Pacentro, Aq Abruzzo. I am looking at applying for citizenship or residency. My paternal grandfather did join the US military during WW1. He could not read or write in Italian or English. The military papers required him to denounce his Italian citizen status although he was not aware that this was a requirement according to his wife who related the story to me. His birth place in Italy still lists him as an Italian citizen and I have a letter from the mayor stating such. Do I have any chance of getting Italian citizenship or should I just try for residency? I am retired with adequate income requirements. Your advice is much appreciated.

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  68. Arun Kumar

    Hello Andrea,

    I am from India, and working in Milan on a fixed-term contract (on blue card) for 360 days. I have already applied for resident permit and obtained KIT from Post office.

    I want to bring my family in Milan to stay with me, for that I applied for them the tourist visa for 70 days, and then planning to apply for Family Cohesion, within 8 days they arrive to Italy next month.

    I have took an apartment on rent to support the resident permit application for my family.
    I have the following doubts:

    1.) What documents are required to apply for the resident permit for family cohesion? I have the following list which I know, please add if I miss any:
    a.) Birth certificates (apostille and translated in Italian) for all applicants
    b.) Rent agreement, registered at Comune of Milano.

    2.) I am searching Kindergarten for my daughter which could budget in around 200-300 Euro/month, but as far as I contacted, the fee is very huge, 800E to 1020E, how to get the suitable Kindergarten for my daughter 🙁
    Where to get this information.

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  69. Ali White

    Hello,

    I am a 29-year-old dual British Irish citizen and I want to move back to Italy by myself this year. There are many things I didn’t find out about the first time I moved there, and yet I paid rent, worked and had a tax code.

    Now that I want to move back, I need to take into consideration the residency permit for a more than 3 month stay and public healthcare, especially because this time I want to move back I have an additional problem: an illness that I require daily medication for.

    I’ve seen these websites so far:
    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/living-in-italy#visas-and-residency
    http://www.poliziadistato.it/articolo/10930-European_Union_citizens

    First of all, can you tell me if the residency permit has anything to do with enrolling for public health care? In other words, do I need to sort out the residency permit BEFORE applying for public healthcare at the ASL?

    The next thing is that I just don’t understand properly the required documentation for applying for residency:
    – have sufficient resources for themselves and their family members not to become a burden on the social assistance system during their period of residence and have comprehensive sickness insurance cover, or any other equivalent means;

    What on earth does “sufficient resources not to become a burden on the social assistance system” mean exactly? I find it to be quite vague. I intend on leaving with about 6,000 euros of savings. Would that be considered enough to meet this requirement? How would I prove it? Would a bank statement be enough?
    Or does it just mean I need to have a job in Italy that pays the rent and bills? I’ve read some of the previous comments, and I saw you said something about having a job that pays 15,000 per year for two people. How much money would I need to earn per year if I’m on my own? What if I can only find a short-term contract? I think most jobs in Italy now are only temporary anyway.

    As for the declaration of my savings, I was thinking that maybe I could also give a declaration of my family’s property (the house we all live in, which does cost a lot, actually, because of the zone it’s in). I know that for university enrolment in Italy you can declare you family’s wages as well as their property’s worth (if you’ve been living with them for the previous 2 years, I think) in order to obtain reductions on the university fees. Maybe something similar also works for residency…But I’ll tell you that the property is not in my name in any way whatsoever, and there is no talk of me inheriting it or anything like that.

    Of course, I am asking other people as well, but the answers come slowly and I’m too anxious to just sit and wait! I’m trying to find other ways of the obtaining the information I need.

    Thank you for your time
    Ali

    Reply
    1. Gate-away.com

      Hi Ali!

      As an Italian resident living in Italy you have the possibility of enrolling in the National Health Service and benefiting from the health care assistance provided to Italian citizens.

      As a EU citizen not staying in a hotel or a three-week holiday rental for example, but have decided to rent a house on a permanent basis, or have even bought your dream home in Italy, you should and can apply to establish your residency there within 20 days from moving into your new house. Paperwork that you need to submit to the General Register Office (Ufficio Anagrafe) of the town hall (Comune) where your property is located: valid passport or identity card, tax code, application form to ask for residency (you can download it from the website of the town hall in which your new home is located or, if you prefer, ask for it directly at the General Register Office), some additional data about your property (m² and when you bought or rented it). But you also need to check if some new rules came into force after Brexit.

      All the best,

      the Gate-away.com team

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  70. Edward Russo

    Hello, I am a US citizen currently residing in the Netherlands (working for an international organization). My father was born in Italy but he emigrated to the US and naturalized at the age of 9 through his parents (both Italians). I understand that if I legally reside in Italy for a period of 3 years, I will be eligible for permanent residency. Is this correct? If so, how can I establish legal residency? I am willing to rent an apartment in Italy but I would like to understand the entire process first. Where do I begin? Can I simply apply for an entry visa and ask to remain for the necessary 3 year period? Any advice would assist and, of course, if I need legal assistance I am happy to contract for your services. Thanks.

    Reply
    1. Andrea Parisi

      Dear Edward,
      first step is applying for “type D” visa at an Italian Consulate in the US, then you’ll be eligible for residency from the moment you are in Italy.
      Regards,
      Andrea Parisi

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  71. Lara Jones

    Hello Andrea,
    I am a dual Australian/Italian citizen. My family and I have been travelling through EU for the last six months and unfortunately I have experienced some health problems causing significant hospitalisation in both Spain and Portugal. My situation is lung related so I am unable to fly back to Australia to obtain further health care.
    We have decided to stay here in Italy for a few years until everything settles however we were hoping to not purchase a house or even sign a lease as we prefer the option to move around Italy.
    Am I able to get healthcare in Italy if I am an Italian citizen but not a resident? Is there a way to get the European health care card without becoming a resident?
    We have proof of funds for our period of stay and I have private health insurance in Australia however it does not cover this pre-existing condition.
    Many thanks,
    Lara

    Reply
    1. Andrea Parisi

      Dear Lara,
      being a dual Australian/Italian citizen, you’d be fully entitled to get healthcare just by paying an “aasistance ticket” at the loocal hospital.
      It costs approximately 350,00 Euros.
      Regards,
      Andrea Parisi

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  72. brooke

    Hi Andrea
    I am an Australian citizen looking to purchase property in Italy within 3 years with a view to living part-time Italy part-time working in Australia for the next 5 years at the most after purchase.. then retiring permanently in Italy.
    1. Just confirming that I can purchase a property paying the 4% Resident Tax and then apply for residency within 18 months after purchase?
    2. As an Australian are there any restrictions with this?
    3. Can you tell me if I’m not working in Italy while having “Residency Status” what amount of funds are needed per year and do I need to show a bank statement each year? or month?

    Many thanks for your time with replying.
    Regards,
    Brooke

    Reply
    1. Andrea Parisi

      Dear Brooke,
      I confirm that you can purchase a property paying the 4% Resident Tax and then apply for residency within 18 months after purchase and that there are no restrictions with this as Australian citizen.
      If you are not working in Italy while having “Residency Status”, you’d be able to show an annual income (or show a bank statement) amounting to 13-14,000 Euros.
      Regards,
      Andrea Parisi

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  73. Margarita

    Hi Andrea

    I am a US citizen currently living in US and along with my husband and 2 kids we are planning to move to Italy in 2 years and apply for a residency there.

    My question is, which visa should we be entering with to Italy in the first place in order to obtain later the residency? the process would be the same?

    Thanks

    Margarita

    Reply
    1. Andrea Parisi

      Dear Margarita,
      you’d get a “type D” visa or a business visa in order to apply for a residency here.
      Yours sincerely,
      Andrea Parisi

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  74. Qaoud

    Hi Andrea

    What if I have a tourist visa? can I still get the residence permit if I got accepted in one of Italian Universities while I’m still in my tourism period visa or I have to go back to my country and get another entrance visa?

    Sincerely,
    Qaoud

    Reply
    1. Andrea Parisi

      Dear Qaoud,
      I’m afraid to inform you that you have to go back to your Country and get a student visa.
      Yours sincerely,
      Andrea Parisi

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  75. Richard

    Hello
    I would like some advice from you if is possible to advise me
    I am a British citizen with a British passaport I am married to a non Eu citizen we have a son and we are expecting a second child in few months. As she is non European she can only stay 90 days in Italy without visa we are both staying at my sisters house in Bergamo at the Moment I already got a job full time and I am looking to rent somewhere close by. I am wounding what should I do to keep my family here. P.s we only been staying here 2 weeks now.

    Thank You

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  76. Bernie Diedericks

    Andrea, is there a minimum amount that I have to spend on property in Italy as a South African pasport holder in order to get residency? For example in Spain you have to spend 500000€ in order to get residency.
    Bernie.

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  77. Eduardo Equihua

    I am about to retire in a couple of years and I would like to live in Florence, Italy and do what I like most “baroque architecture” in case my retirement is not enough to survive overseas. Is that possible, can I do all necessary arrangements in an Italian consulate in the USA to move abroad, possibly for the rest of my life?

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  78. hijazi

    i would like to contact you privately
    Andrea Parisi regarding the permit residency in Italy. if possible

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  79. Ilhame

    Hi,my husband was a Italian resident, he didn’t have Italian citizenship, but had “carta do segiorno a l’info periodo “ he moved to the US when we got married. He owns a house in Italy. Are his papers still valid? Can he still maintain his resident status by being a home owner? Thanks

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  80. joyce

    We are in Italy, renting a home in Sovarato and would like to apply for residency. We are from the US and are here on vacation and have a retirement benefit. Do we need to return to the US to apply for Italian residency? We have been here less than 60 days, please advise

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  81. kristina jacobsen

    ciao, andrea:
    thank you so much for this information and website. i am writing with some questions i haven’t been able to get straight answers for, yet.
    1) i am an anthropologist, hoping to go to sardegna for 12 months to do research for a second book project, but i won’t have an official affiliation with an italian university for the entire time i’m there. i am on my sabbatical, so i will have proof of income, but my understanding is that i need a formal university affiliation for all twelve months in order to obtain a longer term visa. i know i’m permitted to stay there for 90 days without a visa, but what would you recommend in my case for the remaining 9 months? i’ve lived in sardegna so have contacts, letters of invitation, etc.
    2) given these circumstances, does it make *any* sense to a) apply for a residence permit or b) even think of buying property, so that i don’t have to worry about obtaining a permesso di soggiorno? i anticipate being in italy for at least 3-4 months for the next ten years, but probably not 6 months/year.

    thank you and all my best, kristina

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  82. Mike

    Hi Andrea,
    What is the legal position for my wife and I who have a property in Italy, and are residents. When now we find we are spending less time than 183 days in Italy owing to my wife’s U.K. work commitments.

    She pays tax in U.K.

    Thank you for any advice you can give

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  83. Joe Crutchley

    I’m a British citizen and own a property in Italy. I’m planning on applying for residency before BREXIT starts in April. I’m looking for companies that sell the required Insurance. I can only find policies costing thousands of euros. I’m not after a recommendation just some options to explore.
    I believe I need the insurance, and proof of income and that should be enough to begin the process
    Thanks

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  84. John

    Hi, thank you for posting this article. It is very helpful.

    I have a fairly unique situation and I am unsure if anyone has any insight. I am an American and I applied at a consulate in the USA and I was approved for Italian Citizenship in February 2018. I am currently waiting for a birth certificate to be issued, however there is an issue with my name (the same as my bloodline father who is now deceased) and the consulate informed me at the time of my acceptance that the town may or may not issue a birth certificate. I then asked him if I could apply for a residency visa (I am retired and I do not plan on working there) and he said that I could not since the consulate now considers me to be an Italian citizen, or at least I believe this is what he meant.

    I want to move to Italy and I am preparing to relocate there soon. I am curious as to my options for moving to Italy before I obtain my Italian passport, and also my options to obtain the birth cert or Italian passport (or a residency or travel visa) should the Italian commune refuse to issue a birth certificate (perhaps legal name change or something). It has been over 9 months since I was approved so I hired someone to contact the commune in Italy on my behalf and request a copy of my birth certificate (if one exists) but I have not heard back from them yet.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Gratzie!

    John

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  85. Ashkan

    Hi Andrea
    I’d like to ask you two questions. 1) can a Non-Eu holding a one-year tourist visa ask for a residency permit in Italy if he or she intends to stay there for 6 months during that year?
    2) can foreigners apply for a residency permit in Italy if they have a Schengen visa issued by another European embassy ?
    Thank you
    Regards
    Ashkan

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  86. Giorgio San Polo

    Caro Andrea,

    Ho una fidanzata americana.
    Mi chiedo come potrebbe ottenere un permesso di soggiorno.
    Potrei chiaramente provvedere ai suoi bisogni prima che possa trovare un lavoro.

    Cordiali saluti

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  87. MJ Bhuyan

    Hi,
    My italy residence permit has expired and I have applied for a new one. I need to travel to France in between. So, is there any chance of getting a provisional residence permit, just for tour ?

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Ali Rehman

      dear MJ Bhuyan
      i have the same issue i expried my Permesso di Soggiorno & applied for new one waiting from last 7 months its still on pending what shall i do as soon as i get my soggiorno dear

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  88. Juliana

    Hi Andrea,
    My name is Juliana from Nigeria, got married 2014 before my husband moved to Italy. He just got his resident permit with certificate. Please I want to fined out how long will it take for me to be with him in Italy if application is made. And what are the necessary documents to be submitted for the application to pull through. I need an urgent reply from you sir.

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  89. Sophia

    Hello, my mother has lived in Italy for 15 years and owns two houses there near Ventigmilia. She is still a UK resident as she has not obtained her Italian residency, through choice. She also has properties she rents out in the UK which she must pay tax on in the UK. If she dies, will I have to pay UK inheritance tax on her property in Italy, or is she now domiciled in Italy having lived there for 15 years and therefore I will pay Italian inheritance tax? Please someone help. Thank you. It’s a great site!

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  90. Ali Ahmadi

    Hi,
    Thanks for your website.
    I am from Tehran (Iran). I want to rent an apartment in Trieste, but I don’t know the procedure. I shall be grateful if you guide me. What is the first step to get visa to come to Italy to opt my suitable apartment to rent it. And what is the first step of getting residency permit? And what requirements should I evidence to be eligible to get visa to begin the process of coming to Italy and renting an apartment?
    I shall be grateful if you email me and guide me thoroughly and comprehensive.
    Thank you in advance
    Sincerely,

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  91. Syeda Rubab

    Hi
    I am a British citizen and want to register in the Italy for residensa. What documents I need to take with me?

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  92. Tarek chafei

    Greetings…
    I’m an international student in an italian university…the university offers for me to study the major in italian and teach me the italian language side by side…i really find it so hard to learn the major in italy…so i decide to learn the language this year and retry the next year to succes in my major…since studying the major in italian is so hard on me now…i searched for another university and i’m planning to study in it in the next year…but i want to know if i will face any problem the next year in the renewal of residence…since i have no credits for this year…is this make a problem in renewing the residence or its okay if i changed the university and i will try from the beginning…

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  93. 'chantal'

    Dear
    I am a dual citizen (lux /can) and my wife is also a dual citizen (Swiss/can). We live currently in Canada but would like to start spending our winters in Italy as we get well, older …

    We would be exceeding the 90 days in 180 days Schengen Visa for Canadians, but considering that we both hold passports for Schengen countries, I expect this would allow us to stay longer as long as we register our stay ? Is it sufficient to hold a Schengen passport, eOr do we need to have permant residence in an eu country to claim this benefit

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  94. ellane dean

    Hello,
    My husband was born in the Czech Republic. He came to the U.S. as a child and has lived here since. His father was Italian. We would like to retire to Italy and would like to know how to go about it. If he can apply for EU passport or other means to be able to achieve living in Italy. Would like to know where to start?

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  95. Arun

    Hi Andrea,
    I am working in Italy on Blue Card on a Fixed Term Contract. I bring my family in Italy on Tourist Visa and within 8 days of their arrival, I applied for Family Cohesion. I have obtained the Permesso di Soggiorno, which is valid till Oct-2019. The Permesso di Soggiorno for my family (applied in Dec-2018) yet not done, so I am waiting for the same.

    Before my contract expires, I found another recruiter in Germany. I understand that I can apply in Rome Embassy for Germany for the new Blue Card, but how can it be done for Family? I am not sure how long the process takes to get the Permesso di Soggiorno for my family, and even they obtain it are they eligible to apply for the dependent visa for Germany from Embassy Rome?

    You suggestion will be really helpful to me.

    Kind Regards
    Arun

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  96. bilge

    Hi Andrea

    ı and my husband are retired .we have around 2500euro monthly salary and one daughter who is 9 years old.three of us are türkish citizens ,we would like to have italian passports and live in italy .we are planing to buy a house to live in .what would be the best steps to actualize this plan .many thanks

    best

    bilge özışık

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  97. Madelyn

    Hello Andrea,
    Thank you for this useful information. I am engaged to an Italian man who lives in Italy. We are having a civil ceremony in Italy this summer and will live together in Italy. (His job is in Italy, I am leaving my job in the U.S.) The ceremony will take place within 90 days of my arrival (from the U.S.) Do I need a “familial” visa before I leave the U.S? We won’t be married before I leave so I don’t know if I can even get one. Once we are married in Italy, is the marriage certificate enough to show residency at the local Questura?
    Grazie!

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  98. Sara

    Hi , i’m a tunisian citizen and i have a italien passport , my aunt’s house is in italy and i decided to go there and get a italien residency . How long time this take to get it ?

    Reply
    1. Gate-away.com

      Hi Sara,

      If you have a regular entry visa, you can obtain a residency permit from the Questura within 60 days. Once you have it, the town hall can grant you resident status within a further 60 days.

      Reply
  99. Andreja

    Hi Andrea,

    I am Slovenian, I amworking in Slovenia with permanent adresse in Slovenia. At the moment I live in Trieste, where I rent a flat. All the taxes (health…) I do pay in Slovenia.
    Now me and my partner would like to have a baby (my partners lives in another part of Italy). During the pregnancy (at least two months before birth) and maternity break (that as sloveniam citizens I do have 12 months) I would like to spent in city where my partner lives. The question is, is possible for me to get Carta sanitaria with the rights as other Italians? Because I would like to give a birth to a child in Italy as I assume it will not be possible to fly/drive to Slovenia for 700km one week before birth.
    Thank you very much for your answer
    Reja

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  100. Kamran

    Hi,
    I have a 2 year residenza elettiva reidence permit. As I cannot work here, can I get grant as phd student in an Italian University?

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  101. hassan

    Dear Sir,

    I am an african citizen who have been living in Italy for the last four years as a phd student. Currently I have permesso di soggiorno that will end this year.I was thinking of buying a property in Italy but I am not sure what happen after my permesso will end do I still be able to apply for a new permesso since I will own a house here even though I will be back to my home country or do I will be able to have a six month visa that will be renewed every year

    Thank you so much

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  102. Danielle Daigle

    Hi, Hope you can help me understand the residency requirements. I am in the process of purchasing a property in Rome. I am a Canadian citizen and I understand that if I request a Italy residency I would pay 4% VAT instead of 10%. What are the steps and requirements to get the residency status. Should I have it before we sign the deed? Can we do it after we sign the deed? Should we stay in Italy for a minimum period etc.. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

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  103. Imaad Nasir

    Hi. I want to know if buying the one euro houses for sale in Sicily and renovating them will qualify me for a permanent italian residency or not. Is there any good reason otherwise to buy such houses? The websites are not clear on this. I am from India and working as a doctor in the middle east with a healthy income.

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  104. George Gordon

    Hi Andrea,

    I’m a South African citizen and wish to move to Italy. I can prove income of approximately Euro3000 per month from my brokerage account – would that be enough to secure temporary residency (initially) for my wife and I and if not, what is the minimum financial requirement for temporary residency?

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  105. Francesco

    Hello there, i have dual citizenship Italian and USA and my wife USA and San Salvador. We have been married for 15 years in USA and we live in USA. We are thinking to move to Italy. What should we do? Ask for “permesso di soggiorno” or “residenza” for my wife? I own an apartment there where to live and we are retired and non looking for job. Thank you

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  106. Rajvir

    Hello
    I have carta di soggiorno indeterminato..my last travel to Italy was in Nov 2010..since then I have been in India…my parents are there in Italy ..I want to meet them..what is the legal activity to go there ..
    Thanks

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  107. Nita Zanders

    Hi
    I want to get residency in Sicily,as I have a small house there .
    A man from the estate agent out there has said I need to open a bank account and put 6000 euros in it to get residency.
    Is this true??

    Reply
    1. Gate-away.com

      Hi Nita,

      Not sure about that. If you want to be sure, you should ask to the local comune where the property is situated, so they can tell you exactly what you need to do. In any case you can apply for residency only if you have rented or bought a house in Italy, and for buying a house you have to open a bank account.

      I hope this will help.

      All the best,

      the Gate-away.com team

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  108. dante

    Hello Andrea
    I would like to retire with my cousins in Umbria.
    I was going to apply for Italian citizenship through my grandfather since he never became a us citizen nor did my grandmother . However a friend of mine told me to apply for residence permit when I’m in Italy . Establish myself then apply for citizenship in Italy as it will be shorter than applying here in the states. It can take years here . Is this tru

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