Digital Nomad Visa - Italia
EU posting|5 April 2024|

The Italian Digital Nomad Visa enters into force

Digital nomads are non-EU citizens who perform highly skilled remote work in Italy, either as a freelancer or as an employee/collaborator of a company, which can also be based outside Italy.  

The Ministries of the Interior, Foreign Affairs, Tourism, and Labour have finally (after 2 years from the first 2022 Decree introducing this special visa) issued the Decree on February 29, 2024, which was published in the Official Gazette No. 79 of April 4, 2024, which  implements the digital nomad visa.
According to the new regulations, non-EU digital nomads and remote workers can apply for a visa exempt from the “quota limits” and work permit (nulla osta) is not necessary. These provisions promote integration and development within the digital nomad community in Italy, fostering innovation and competitiveness in the global workforce. 

Requirements

The requirements for digital nomads are as follows: 

  1. workers must have a minimum annual income from legal sources that is at least three times the minimum level required to be exempt from health care participation (around Eur 28.000);
  2. they must have health insurance covering medical treatment and hospitalization, valid nationwide and for the entire duration of their stay;
  3. they must provide adequate documentation regarding their housing arrangements;
  4. they must demonstrate at least six months of previous experience in the field of digital nomadism or remote work;
  5. they must provide a work contract or collaboration agreement, or a binding offer in the case of remote workers, for an activity requiring at least one of the requirements specified in Article 27-quater, paragraph 1, of Legislative Decree No. 286 of July 25, 1998 (EU BLUE CARD) 
Residence Permit

Holders of entry visas, according to the decree’s regulations, obtain a residence permit through the procedures outlined in the consolidated text and its implementing regulations. This permit must be applied for directly at the local police headquarters within eight working days of entering the country and is issued using advanced technological means. Marked as “digital nomad – remote worker”, it is valid for a maximum of one year and can be renewed annually, subject to verification of initial requirements. Original documentation submitted at the time of visa application must be authenticated by the diplomatic or consular representation.

Family Reunification

Family members will receive a family residence permit, valid for the same duration as that of the worker.

Compliance with Italian Social security and Tax Provisions

In regards to social security contributions, digital nomads who are subject to the social legislation of a third country are governed by the provisions of bilateral Agreement on social security concluded between Italy and the respective third country. If such Agreement does not exist, the Italian legislation on social security and insurance will apply, based on the duration of the residence permit.

Digital nomads from countries outside the European Union receive a tax code from the police headquarters upon receiving the residence permit. Additionally, digital nomads must also apply for a VAT number. Once issued, the residence permit is notified to the Revenue Agency. In the event of tax violations, the Revenue Agency informs the police headquarters that issued the residence permit.

The full text, in Italian, of the Decree is available at the following link.

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