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Tips on how to apply for residency in Italy

Tips on how to apply for residency in Italy

If you want to understand how to do the residency in Italy you are in the right place. We will give you a hand to orient yourself in the labyrinth of the Italian bureaucracy.

How to get residency in Italy


We first distinguish between permanent or temporary residence.

Permanent means that your intention is that of a residence with a long and indefinite stability. If, on the other hand, you decide to live in Italy only for a limited period of time, for personal needs such as study or work, just ask for a temporary residence permit.

In this article, we will mainly deal with the process for requesting permanent residence, but in any case we recommend that you register with the “ufficio angrafe”, an office that  you find in the municipality of your home. Remember: being registered means enjoying other rights, such as the possibility of accessing public housing or applying for citizenship. So it’s important to do it.

What do you need to register?

– A valid passport or travel document

– Residency permit

– Copy of the tax code and driving license (if in possession)

If the application for registration also includes dependent family members who move to Italy, the following are required:

– Translated and legalized deeds of birth, marriage or divorce and / or a certificate attesting to the family relationship.

Once registered in the anagrafe, you can apply for a residence permit in the same office. When the office has received your application, it will give you a certificate valid for three months certifying your request. You will receive confirmation or denial of your application within six months. You will receive a notification from the registry office (anagrafe) to go and collect the permit.

Be careful: a policeman will come to physically verify that the address you have given actually corresponds to your residence, that is, where you declared you live.

For an EU citizen, the permit is valid for at least five years and is automatically renewable; a study permit is only valid for one year, but it is also renewable. Remember to declare to the police headquarters – within 15 days – any move with consequent change of residential address.

What can you do with a residence permit? You will enjoy many rights and privileges that Italian citizens possess, for example you can buy land and property or a car, open a resident bank account, apply for an Italian driving license, obtain an identity card, get a GP, send your kids to school and more.

Finally, we remind you to cancel your residence permit in case you decide to leave Italy permanently, so that you can move your personal belongings from Italy without having any kind of problem with border crossings.