Who has the obligation to register residency in Italy?

EU citizens and their family members are allowed to stay in Italy for up to 3 months without any requirement.
On the contrary, EU citizens who wish to reside in Italy for more than 3 months have an obligation to register their place of residency at the competent Municipality.
Registering residency is not only an obligation; it also makes several rights enforceable and gives access to several social and wealth fare services.
For instance, registering residency is a prerequisite to:
• Applying for citizenship after 5 years of continuous registered residency;
• Obtaining a certificate of the status of permanent resident issued by the Municipality of residency;
• Accessing social and welfare services or benefits delivered or granted by the Municipality of residency;
• Enrolling in the Italian health care system;
• Enrolling children in kindergartens managed by the Municipality of residency;
• Obtaining an Italian identity card;
• Obtaining a driving licence in Italy (if the EU national does not have one issued in his/her country, which is valid in Italy);
• Accessing assistance from Job Centres.

Main requirements to apply for the registration of residency

• Having a fiscal code;
• Having accommodation (e.g. rental agreement, declaration of hospitality by someone legally residing in Italy; ownership of a house);
• Having a valid identity document;
• Having sufficient means of subsistence not to constitute a burden on the Statal social assistance;
• Having private health insurance valid for at least 1 year from the date of the application or having enrolled in the Italian healthcare system;
• Having in Italy most of your personal interests and spend in Italy more than half a year (more than 183 days per year).

Main Procedural Steps

1. Collecting all the relevant documents;
2. Filing and submitting the residence registration application at the competent Municipality;
3. Requesting the residence certificate at the competent Municipality;
4. Requesting and issuance of the Italian Identity Card (if needed).

Scope of our Assistance

Our assistance includes the following activities:
• Preliminary legal analysis and advice on the options to obtain the registration of the residence address;
• Guidance and advice to collect and prepare all relevant documents (e.g. fiscal code, and rental agreement);
• Submission of the application together with the foreign national;
• Guidance and advice to successfully complete the subsequent procedural steps to finalize the registration of residency;
• Establishing contact with all public stakeholders involved in the procedure to solve potential issues, overcome obstacles and promote a positive outcome of the application;
• Counselling on requirements for maintaining residency registration over time.

Time Frame

The expected timeframe for obtaining residency registration is on average between 2 and 3 months after application. In municipalities with a resident population higher than average, the timeframe may be longer.

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