The new phenomenon of digital nomads is constantly increasing and concerns a new concept of global mobility in the global job market. Since the beginning of the pandemic, many companies have expanded the possibility of working from home for security reasons for many professionals, linked to companies by contracts of employment or freelance work.

These workers are an addition to the many already-existing professionals who are not physically constrained by their job or employers as to where they work. These professionals are thus free to travel (compatibly with restrictions related to pandemic needs) and establish their temporary residence in different countries, according to their needs and life expectations. But how do European laws on immigration and work authorizations in the countries of destination of these foreign professionals respond to the modern global mobility of workers?

At last, a new piece of Italian legislation has opened the door to digital nomads who wish to eat spaghetti appropriately cooked and admire the Amalfi coast while working for their Company.

Digital nomads are defined as highly qualified workers who can work remotely for a non-Italian company, either freelance or as an employee.

What is more, is that they only need to demonstrate that they meet the requirements and apply for a visa from their place of stable residency. They will not have to apply for a residence permit once they arrive in Italy. The simple visa will allow them to reside in Italy for one year.

Within the beginning of May, the Ministry will specify the exact professional category that can be considered digital nomads, the income requirements, the type of required health insurance and the way to apply.

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