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Moving to Italy: relocation checklist

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Moving to Italy: Your Relocation Checklist

Bryony Harris

Jul 15 • 6 minute read

If you’re moving to Italy, you’ll quickly discover that a picturesque, art-infused locale awaits. Filled with inspired choices, such as Milan or Florence, there are several world-class universities, promising internships or positions at innovative startups and multinational corporations.

But before boarding a plane, it’s imperative that you research all of the regulations and requirements for moving to Italy. Do yourself a favor and make relocating abroad as stress-free as possible. Did someone say ‘relocation checklist’? We’ve packed this guide with top tips and tricks to make your move to Italy simple and smooth. Before long, you’ll be locating housing, packing your bags and getting ready to explore your new home-from-home.

Finalize your university, internship or employment choices

Before throwing yourself into living arrangements, you’ll need to finalize your placements. Of course, this includes deciding on a university, looking into open internships or finding a ladder-climbing position at a successful Italian company. Be sure that you’ve received your acceptance letter, or have been formally offered a position in writing before signing lease agreements and buying your airplane tickets!

Find the perfect housing

Housing is in high demand throughout Italy, especially in more prominent cities such as Rome, Milan, Florence and Venice. Therefore, as soon as you have verification from your selected university, internship or employment, you should begin to search for accommodation, pronto!

The first thing that you’ll need to do is assess your budget for moving abroad. Remember that there are always more monthly expenses than rent.

When you’re looking over the rental agreement, note if utilities are included. If not, you can expect to pay for:

  • Electricity
  • Water
  • Wi-Fi

When you begin to search for housing, the typical choices that you will have include:

  • Staying in a student dorm (if you’re studying at a university)
  • Sharing an apartment with friends, other students or co-workers
  • Renting a private room

To give you a better idea of your estimated expenses, let’s take a look at the cost of living in Florence. For a shared apartment, you can expect to pay between €300 and €500 each month. If you’d prefer a private space, such as a studio or one-bedroom apartment, pricing will typically range from €700 to €800.

Whenever possible, it’s always best to share an apartment. Usually you’ll have more space, and you can split all of the expenses and household chores with your roommates. This is what most of the young locals in Florence do as well, meaning there are plenty of communities made up of young people in shared housing.

Residency Requirements for Italy

Residency requirements are different for every country, regardless of their geographic location. Luckily for you, the residency requirements for Italy are pretty straightforward, and you should have no foreseeable problems, as long as you have the right documentation and carefully follow government regulations.

If you plan to stay for more than three months in Italy, you will need to register your residence and apply for a permit with the office of Anagrafe in your municipality. This will also be needed when getting a bank account or a variety of other necessities while you’re in Italy.

To register at the Anagrafe, the following documents are required:

  • A completed application form
  • Proof that you have obtained housing (e.g a rental contract)
  • ID card or passport
  • Valid health insurance
  • Four passport-sized photographs
  • Proof that you can sustain yourself financially during your time in Italy
  • Work contracts or offers
  • Bank account paperwork
  • Documentation illustrating how you will receive a financial allowance while abroad

You will also need a tax number, which is similar to a social security number. Once you have registered, then you can visit the tax office in your municipality with your passport and fill out the tax number form. You will receive the number on the spot, and an official card will be mailed to you.

Student Visas and Work Permits

There are several different visas and permits that may be required during your stay in Italy. The following information will help you decide which one pertains to your individual situation and needs.

Students

If you are from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, then you will not need a visa. However, you will receive a registration certificate when you register your residence, which is valid for up to five years and is detailed above. If you are from any other countries, then you will need a residence permit and a student permit, which you must register for within eight days of your arrival in Italy.

Schengen Visa

Schengen is a collection of countries within the European Union, which enables easy travel from one country to another within this area, without needing a passport. If you have a visa from the Schengen area, you can stay for a determined amount of time without worrying about any other visas or applications.

The 26 countries that constitute the Schengen area are:

The documents required to apply for a Schengen Visa include:

  • Two visa application forms - Sign at the bottom, and always answer truthfully; any incorrect answers delay the visa.
  • Valid passport - Must have been issued within the last 10 years and have at least three months until expiration.
  • Two copies of a passport-sized photo - Must have been taken in the last three months.
  • Copy of passport data - Include your passport’s biometric data.
  • Previous passports - Produce any previous passports that you still have.
  • Proof of roundtrip transportation - Provide your flight information both in and out of the Schengen area.
  • Proof of residency - Supply proof that you are a current resident of your home country.
  • Insurance - Submit proof of travel medical insurance up to €30,000.
  • Payment - Visa fee is €60.
  • Financial verification - Proof that can include a scholarship of at least €631 a month, three months’ worth of bank statements or financial sponsorship.
  • Proof of housing - Must have confirmation from a dorm, a letter that you’ll be staying with a relative or a rental agreement.
  • Acceptance letter from a university in the European Union - Must include your name along with the length and type of program.
  • Academic qualifications - Provide academic records or a diploma to show that you meet the requirements of the university’s program.

Quick Tip: Remember that this is only a short-term visa lasting up to three months. This is the simplest option for short stays, but keep in mind that it will not cover an entire semester.

D Visa

The D Visa is for long-term stays and is rather easy to obtain; it is the obvious option for those studying in Italy for more than three months. However, your degree course will need to include a total of 80 hours per month. Along with your application, you will need to supply:

  • Valid passport and other travel documents
  • Recent photo that is passport-sized
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Letter of acceptance from a university in Italy
  • Proof of financial income or sponsored financial support totaling €900 per month
  • Valid health insurance
  • Copy of current diploma

Work or Paid Internship Permits

If your home country is a part of the EU, EEA or Switzerland, then you’re in luck, because you will not be required to apply for a work permit. If you do come from a country outside of these areas, then the documentation required to apply for any work visas will include:

  • Completed visa application form with any applicable fees
  • Medical certificate to show that you are healthy
  • Employment contract or signed offer
  • Valid passport or travel documents
  • Recent passport-sized photo
  • Proof of accommodation in Italy
  • Incoming and outgoing flight itineraries
  • Copy of birth certificate, translated to Italian
  • Nulla Osta (offer and proof of employment from the employer)

For regular work visas in Italy, the employer must first make a request to the ISD (Immigration Single Desk). The visa request must then be made by the individual in their home country.

Individuals may also apply for similar self-employed visas. Additionally, highly skilled workers may apply for the EU Blue Card before entering Italy, and then may seek employment once there.

Quick Tip: As you prepare to move to Italy, it’s important that you gather all of the required documents before you leave your home country. If one is missing or lost, it is a lot easier and quicker to visit a local office to get a replacement, rather than attempt to do so via a website or mail.

Look Into Health Insurance

Just as it is important to stay healthy at home, it is paramount to be sure that an illness or injury doesn’t set you back while you’re living abroad. The best way to do so? Ensure that you have the adequate (and required) health insurance.

The good news is that things are quite simple when it comes to health insurance in Italy. If you are from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, then you will be seamlessly covered by your regular health insurance plan. Simply bring your European Health Insurance Card and utilize it whenever you are in need of medical services.

If your home country is elsewhere, then you will need to apply for an Italian health insurance card after you have your residency permit and your identity card. Additionally, private healthcare is available, but at a premium. If you do find yourself in the case of a medical emergency while in Italy, you should dial 118. However, if you do not speak Italian, you can also call 112, which is the emergency services number for all of Europe.

So now that you have completely read through all the helpful tips of this relocation checklist, you can really start to begin dreaming of moving to Italy. There will be delicious, inexpensive foods in Pisa to sample, breathtaking pieces of art and a vibrant culture known for its friendliness, openness and diversity.

That’s right, it’s officially time to book a place in Italy! Whether you move to a bustling metropolis, a quieter city along a sparkling waterway, a town with views of the Alps or Dolomites, you are sure to gain a suitcase full of memories and experiences that you will remember for a lifetime.

Benvenuto in Italia!

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