UK citizens in Italy

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Rights of UK citizens in Italy after Brexit

1. Essential information

With a deal:

The Italian government confirmed (page in Italian) that it will fully implement the rights in article 18.4 of the Withdrawal Agreement if the UK leaves the EU with a deal. It would apply a ‘declaratory procedure’ that will recognise the rights of all UK nationals legally resident in Italy before the end of the transition period (31 December 2020).

No deal:

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the Italian government confirmed that it is preparing legislative measures. These ensure UK nationals legally resident in Italy before 29 March 2019 will have the right and necessary time to obtain long-term residency status under EU Directive 2003/109. UK nationals will continue to enjoy rights such as access to healthcare, social benefits, employment, education and family reunification after the UK leaves the EU.

UK nationals living in Italy should register as a resident with their local registry office (anagrafe) at their town hall (comune). This will ensure their rights are protected after the UK has left the EU.

How to Register

All British nationals should register with the town hall of the city in which they live if staying in Italy more than 90 days. This is an EU regulation that applies to British nationals living in the country.

EU Residence Registration is considered part of the European Immigration Process. The processing time usually takes 45 days to complete and documents must be provided to your local “comune” (city hall) office (proof of employment, proof of legal accommodation, evidence of financial means and health insurance coverage). If you and your family have been residing in Italy for 5 years, you automatically have the right to obtain a Permanent Resident Certification (“Attestato di Soggiorno”).


Living in Italy guide (UK Government site)

2. Social media, contacts and other groups:

Embassy Twitter

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Email updates

British in Italy

.net citizens group (Facebook page)

This page was last revised on 30 January 2019