how to get italian residency

Applying for Italian Residency as a British National

We are currently in the transition period of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, or Brexit, and it is highly recommended that British nationals living in Italy register their residency in Italy before the end of this period on 31st December 2020.

Up until this date, British nationals can register their residency in Italy as an EU citizen and retain this residency after Brexit.


What are the steps to registering residency in Italy?

  1. Download a residency registration form from your local town hall’s website. Complete this form for presentation to the town hall.
  2. You will need a codice fiscale– a personalised tax number – before you apply for residency. You can get this from the Agenzia delle Entrate, or tax office.
  3. You will also need evidence that confirms you are lawfully living in Italy. For example:
    • If you are working in Italy, you will need to provide a work contract.
    • If you are self-employed, you will need to provide your Italian VAT number.
    • If you are studying, you will need proof from an educational institution of this. You will also need to demonstrate that you are able to financially support yourself throughout your studies and that have you have some form of health insurance.
    • If you are retired or not working, you will need to prove that you have a minimum annual income of 6,000 euros- this can be done through presentation of a bank statement, for example. You will also need to provide evidence that you have some form of health insurance.
  4. You will need to provide an original and valid UK passport as an identity document.
  5. You will likely need to provide proof of where you are living in Italy, for example, a rental agreement.
  6. You will need to present the completed residency registration form, alongside all required documentation at your local town hall. You may need an appointment to do this.
  7. You may also need to pay a small fee in the form of ‘tax stamps’ or bolli.

Will I be able to apply for permanent residency?

In order for you to be able to apply for permanent residency, you must first obtain a temporary residence permit.

Once you have lived in Italy for a period of five years, you are entitled to apply for permanent residency as a UK citizen.


What changes will be made after the UK leaves the European Union?

After the end of the transition period, on 31st December 2020, UK citizens will no longer be able to apply for residency as EU citizens. However, if you have already received a residency permit, whether it be temporary or permanent, this will continue to be valid after 31st December 2020.

Under the Withdrawal Agreement of the UK leaving the European Union, residency rights acquired by UK nationals in Italy before 31st December 2020 are protected and will not change.


If you’re interested in registering for temporary residence in Italy, or pursuing a permanent residency permit, please contact us at or 012444 470 339, and we can advise you on the process, and put you into touch with an English-speaking lawyer in Italy to help you.

We can also recommend English-speaking Italian lawyers, mortgage specialists and currency specialists to help you if you are looking to buy a property in Italy. Contact our friendly team and we will be happy to point you in the right direction!

Author: Sara Janion, overseas legal expert, solicitor and Notary Public