Post-Brexit guide for UK citizen living in Italy

Feb 20, 2020

Until December 31, 2020 UK citizens will be able to enjoy their EU free movement rights in all EU countries, and therefore can continue to live, work and study in Italy as they did before 31 January 2020 (Transition Period).

Italian Law provides for that Brits, like any other EU nationals, who intend to stay in Italy for a period exceeding three months should register with the Anagrafe (Register Office) of the Municipality where they live.

Applicant must provide:

  • Proof of an accommodation
  • for workers (employee or self-employee): provide evidence of employment
  • for students/trainees: have financial resources not less than € 6000 per year approximately (calculated according to the Italian minimum annual social security allowance) and have comprehensive sickness insurance cover
  • for all others, have enough financial resources (calculated according to the Italian minimum annual social security allowance – not less than € 6000 per year approximately for one person) not to become a burden on the State and have comprehensive sickness insurance cover

UK citizens who are registered as residents in Italy before the end of the transition period will be covered by the Withdrawal Agreement and will be able to stay and their rights will be protected.

How does the registration procedure work?

Applicants must contact the Anagrafe (Register Office) of the municipality (Comune) where they live to apply for registration. The application can be filed personally, by post (registered mail) or electronically (e-mail). In addition to the application form – duly filled out – and valid ID documents, it is necessary to submit proof of accommodation and evidence of meeting the conditions to reside in Italy for more than 3 months (above).

The officer of the Registry Office should proceed with the registration within two days from submission. In the following 45 days, authorities shall verify the registration requirements, as well as the applicant’s presence at the address indicated in the application.

In absence of any communication the procedure should be completed in 45 days from the application. Once the registration is completed, you can apply for an Italian ID card and/or certificate of residency and/or attestato di soggiorno (see below)

I am a UK citizen living in Italy but I have never registered with the local Register Office

You should register with the Anagrafe (Register Office) of the municipality where you live as soon as possible before the end of the Transition Period (December 31, 2020)

I am a UK citizen living in Italy and I have registered with the local Register Office less than 5 years ago

You should contact the Anagrafe (Register Office) of the municipality (Comune) where you live to apply for Attestato di regolare soggiorno/Attestato di regolarità di soggiorno/Attestazione di soggiorno/Attestato di soggiorno. This is the document attesting your right to reside in Italy for a period longer than 3 months.   

I am a UK citizen living in Italy and I have registered with the local Register Office 5 years ago or more

You should contact the Anagrafe (Register Office) of the municipality (Comune) where you live to apply for Attestazione di soggiorno permanente/Attestato di soggiorno permanente. This is the document which confirms your right to live permanently in Italy, without any conditions.


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