Italian Digital Nomad Visa: how can you get one?

(updated April 2024)

Considering a life in Italy while working remotely? If you’re a skilled professional with a flexible work arrangement, Italy’s brand new Digital Nomad Visa program could be your gateway to la dolce vita. In this article we explore Italy’s new visa program and eligibility requirements, helping you decide if living and working remotely in Italy is for you.

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New Digital Nomad Visa rules coming into effect from April 2024

In 2022, Italy introduced new regulations to permit non-EU citizens who are digital nomads to come to Italy and spend a year living there while working remotely. However, no detailed implementing regulations had been issued until now, when new Digital Nomad Visa regulations have been implemented and are coming into effect from April 4th 2024.

The new Digital Nomad Visa is intended for non-EU citizens who carry out highly qualified work using technological tools which allow them to work remotely, either on a self-employed / freelance basis or for a company that is not established in Italy.

The new rules allow non-EU citizens to live in Italy by working remotely without being subject to the annual quotas that apply to residence permits issued for work-related reasons under the so-called “Decreto Flussi” pursuant to Legislative Decree No. 286 of 1998 (Testo Unico Immigrazione).

The digital nomad visa applies to both self-employed workers and employed (salaried) workers.

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Eligibility requirements for the Italian Digital Nomad Visa

In order to be eligible, an applicant must meet the following conditions:

  • You must have an income which exceeds three times the minimum level required for exemption from healthcare charges (approximately €28,000),
  • You must hold a university degree or demonstrate comparable highly skilled work experience of at least 5 years, or alternatively hold a professional qualification obtained in the EU,
  • You must hold healthcare insurance covering their entire period of stay,
  • You must provide proof of accommodation in Italy, AND
  • You must be able to demonstrate prior work experience for at least six months in the same field of activity that you will undertake as a digital nomad or remote worker.

Please note that applicants must also possess a clean criminal record with no offenses in the past five years. Additionally, the program offers the benefit of allowing successful applicants to be joined by their spouse and children under the age of 18. The new regulations also address social security and tax implications, ensuring a smooth transition for digital nomads settling in Italy.

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Digital Nomad Visa FAQs

How long does it take to process the Digital Nomad Visa for Italy?

The processing time can vary, but applicants should expect it to take several weeks. It’s recommended to apply well in advance of the intended travel date to accommodate any delays.

Can I extend my Digital Nomad Visa beyond one year?

Currently, the Digital Nomad Visa is issued for one year. There may be options to renew or extend your stay, but this would require a separate application process and is subject to approval by Italian immigration authorities.

What are the language requirements for the Digital Nomad Visa? Do I need to speak Italian?

There are no specific language requirements stated for the Digital Nomad Visa. However, knowing Italian can be beneficial for personal and administrative purposes while living in Italy.

Can I travel within the Schengen Area with the Italian Digital Nomad Visa?

Yes, the Italian Digital Nomad Visa allows you to travel within the Schengen Area for up to 90 days within any 180-day period, which is standard for most visas of this type.

What are the tax implications for Digital Nomads in Italy?

Digital Nomads in Italy may be subject to Italian income tax on their worldwide income. Do not hesitate to contact us to understand your tax obligations and any tax treaties that may apply between Italy and your home country.

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