How to apply for residency in Italy as EU citizen

Written by on October 6, 2020 in Practical Stuff

your residency as EU Citizen in Italy

The steps to take to apply for your residency as EU citizen

I am Hungarian and my husband is British. We have 2 children who hold British passports.  We went through the Italian residency process altogether when we moved to Italy 5 years ago.

As a European Union citizen, if you would like to stay in Italy for more than 3 months, you need to ask for a residency permit.

You should apply for residency within 20 days of moving into a rented or owned property.

Step 1 – get a codice fiscale

The first step, get a codice fiscal for all the family members. An Italian fiscal code is a unique identifier that is assigned to you based on your full name and birthday. You have to get this from the ‘agenzia dell’entrate’ (revenue agency). Here you can check where the closest office is to you:

You only need to take your passport or ID card to register for and receive your codice fiscale.

The website has further information about the codice fiscal and other tax issues. It is also in English and German.

Step 2 – visit your local Comune offices

The second step, make an appointment at the local ‘Ufficio Anagrafe’, (registry office). It is located in your local Comune (Municipality) offices. Say that it is for “cambia di residenza”, (change of residence). This is valid for those moving houses within Italy and for foreigners moving to Italy

If you live in a large city like Milan, this may have to be done months in advance. In smaller towns, it is easier to make an appointment. We live in Gressan, a little village just outside of Aosta. Our Comune made an appointment for us for the following day.

municipality of Aosta

Required documents for your application for residency as EU citizen

  • EU passport for all applicants.
  • a completed ‘dichiarazione di residenza’ form (declaration of residence). This can be download from the Comune website. Or you can get one from the Comune offices before your appointment.
  • marriage certificate if you have one. Required in the case that one of you has a job in Italy but the other one doesn’t.
  • a registered housing contract for where you are living in Italy. Either a lease or proof that you are the owner.
  • a work contract in Italy or proof of health insurance valid for a year at least. Plus proof of income if you are self-employed, or employed elsewhere. This has to be about 12-15 000 euro/year for two persons.
  • photocopies of each document

If it is possible, when you are booking your appointment, I would recommend making a visit to the Comune in person. Ask at the desk for them to explain exactly what documents they require for your residency application. It is possible that your Comune has some different requirements. Check whether documents written in languages other than Italian need translating? And if so, does it need to be an official translation. Ask also whether the documents need to be apostilled.

We were very lucky as the ladies at the desk of our Comune were very friendly, helpful and patient. But we have heard that it is not always the case.

TARI declaration – for the rubbish

You will need to make a declaration also for TARI – the tax that covers the cost of collecting and disposing of rubbish in your area. You need to fill the form that they provide at the Comune while you are doing your residency. To do this you will need your codice fiscale. Also details of your property, such as the size of the property and the date of the start of the Lease or the date of Purchase.

What happens after you applied for your residency 

Once you have successfully submitted all the right paperwork you wait for the police to visit you at home. This is to confirm that you do reside there. As they come unannounced, if you are out they will leave a card. They give you a date and time for you to go in person to the police station to certify that your address is correct.

After a wait of around 30 -40 days, if everything is OK, you can now return to the Comune to pick up your residency certificate.

Getting a tessera sanitaria – what a game that is!

Now you are ready to start the procedure for applying for a ‘tessera sanitaria’ (health card). This entitles you to treatment within the Italian health system. That is a whole new ball game however, which we will be looking at shortly.

Good Luck!

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