Italy Digital Nomad Visa: How to Apply [4 Steps]

Last Updated on 21 May 2024 by Brittany

One of the most beautiful countries in the world has finally announced it will welcome digital nomads. With the new Italy digital nomad visa, remote workers who โ€œcarry out highly qualified work activities through the use of technological toolsโ€ can live in the country for one year with the option to renew. 

Italy is known for its incredible landscapes, historic towns, bustling cities such as Milan, Rome, and Florence, and of course the food. You canโ€™t go wrong with the food in Italy! 

With recent modern digitization efforts taking place in the country, Italy is surely becoming a new digital nomad hotspot within Europe by offering a digital nomad visa. 

In other good news, there will not be a limit to the number of digital nomad visas released each year as with other Italian visas.

Italy digital nomad visa applicants may bring their family members to Italy with purposes of family reunification.

Remote workers living in Italy with the digital nomad visa can also expect to pay local taxes, such as social security, welfare, and income. They may also request a VAT number and obtain an Italian fiscal code (codice fiscale).

It’s also important to note that you must apply for the Italy digital nomad visa at an Italian consulate in your country of residence. You may not apply for the visa while already in Italy.

While we are still waiting for details about the requirements and process to apply for the Italian digital nomad visa, here is what we know so far. Remember to check back to this article for the most up-to-date information.

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What is a Digital Nomad Visa?

A digital nomad visa allows remote workers to live in a foreign country for an extended period of time. 

Typically, these visas allow digital nomads to live in the country for one year. Many of them do offer an option to renew for another year or two. 

Itโ€™s important to note that this visa does not allow you to participate in the local economy to earn money. All of your income must be sourced outside of the country where you hold your digital nomad visa. 

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Italy Digital Nomad Visa Requirements

As with any visa, there are requirements you must be in order to be eligible to apply for it. While we are still waiting for more information about the set requirements for Italyโ€™s digital nomad visa, here is what we know so far. 

  • Valid Passport – Your passport must be valid while applying for the visa
  • Earn at least 2,335โ‚ฌ per month – You must meet the minimum income requirement, which is 3x the national minimum wage
    • For couples, the main applicant must earn at least 3,153โ‚ฌ per month
    • For a family of three, the main applicant must earn at least 3,425โ‚ฌ per month
    • For each additional dependent, the monthly income requirement increases by 275โ‚ฌ
  • Work Remotely – You must work remotely as a freelancer or employee for a company or clients located outside of Italy
  • Highly Skilled Worker – You must qualify as a highly-skilled worker, which means having a university degree OR post-secondary qualification of at least three years OR five years of professional experience OR three years of professional experience (acquired in the previous seven years) for managers and specialists working in the field of information and communication technologies
  • 6 Months of Remote Work Experience – You must demonstrate that you have worked remotely for the last six months
  • International Health Insurance – You must have health insurance coverage during your stay in Italy
  • Clean Criminal Record – You must have a clean criminal record from the last five years
  • Address of Accommodations – You must have suitable accommodations for your stay in Italy

If you meet the following criteria, then you may be eligible to apply for the Italy digital nomad visa.

Steps to Apply

To apply for the Italy digital nomad visa, you must go in person to an Italian consulate in your country of residence.

Step 1: Gather Documents

The most important and time-consuming part of applying for a digital nomad visa is gathering the required documents, apostilles, and translations.

We recommend scheduling your visa appointment at your local Italian embassy or consulate after you have gathered the necessary documentation.

To apply for the Italy digital nomad visa, you must submit the following:

  • Copy of Valid Passport
  • Passport Photos Abiding by Schengen Visa Photo Requirements
  • Proof of Income (bank statements and payslips)
  • Proof of Qualifications (University Degree, Post-Secondary Qualifications, etc.)
  • Declaration of Remote Work from Employer
  • Proof of Remote Work of at least 6 Months in the Industry
  • International Health Insurance Policy
  • Criminal Background Check
  • One-Way Ticket Reservation to Italy
  • Accommodations Booking or Lease in Italy

Depending on the consulate you apply through, you may have to translate your documents into Italian by an accredited translator. Additionally, your criminal background check must have an apostille.

Step 2: Attend Visa Appointment

You will submit your completed visa application form and your documents during your appointment to apply for the Italy digital nomad visa at the consulate.

There is also a visa fee of $124.60 that you must pay at this time.

Step 3: Wait for Approval

It can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to receive approval for your Italy digital nomad visa.

Step 4: Apply for Residence Permit

Once you receive approval of your Italy digital nomad visa, you will have eight days from entering Italy to apply for a residence permit or permesso di soggiorno.

You will pick up a Yellow Kit (kit giallo) from a Poste Italiane office and complete the forms inside. After completing the forms and including the necessary documents, you will return the kit to Poste Italiane where they will send it to Questura or the police headquarters and provide a date and time for your biometrics appointment to receive your residence permit.

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Italy for Digital Nomads

Stunning seaside towns. Rich and hearty wine. Pasta, pasta, and more pasta. Need we say more?

Italy has long been a favorite vacation and tourist destination. But now the country is welcoming digital nomads to come and enjoy la bella vita while working remotely from some of the most picturesque towns in the world. 

Over the last couple of years, billions of dollars have been invested in the digitization of the country. This means stronger wifi connections and a more reliable digital infrastructure. These improvements mean the country is becoming more digital nomad friendly with each passing year. 

With an affordable cost of living, rich history and culture, and a growing digital nomad community, youโ€™ll surely live a great lifestyle here with Italyโ€™s digital nomad visa. Some of the more popular cities amongst digital nomads include Milan, Florence, Rome, and Palermo in Sicily. As the culture of coworking spaces and setting up your laptop in cafes becomes more popular, youโ€™ll notice the digital nomad lifestyle slowly creeping into Italian culture. 

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Get Help Applying for Digital Nomad Visas

Applying for digital nomad visas can be a tricky and overwhelming process. Thatโ€™s where Nomads Embassy steps in! 

We partner with professional services worldwide to create a seamless and smooth process when applying for digital nomad visas. 

From helping you choose the right digital nomad visa to preparing your paperwork and documents, with the help of Nomads Embassyโ€™s partners, youโ€™ll be on your way to a new country in no time. 

Make sure to also join our newsletter for the latest digital nomad visa updates, news, and lifestyle tips. 

Brittany
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When Iโ€™m not writing and teaching people how to achieve a location-independent lifestyle, you can find me globetrotting, experiencing new cultures, and working on my amateur photography skills.
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