Last reviewed on June 5, 2024

Italy Digital Nomad Visa

Residence permit for the whole family in a country where people know how to enjoy life

€2,700+

Monthly income

4+ months

Obtaining period

10 years

To citizenship

What is the Italy Digital Nomad Visa?

The Digital Nomad Visa is designed for non-EU citizens working remotely and wanting to obtain a residence permit to relocate to Italy.

Applicants must confirm an income of at least €32,400 per year from sources outside Italy and demonstrate savings of €30,000. Experience of working remotely must exceed 6 months.

The residence card is valid for 1 year and is subject to extension.

Digital nomads can obtain permanent residency after 5 years of living in Italy. Applying for citizenship is possible 5 years thereafter.

5 benefits of an Italian Digital Nomad Visa

  • 1

    Moving to the EU

    The Digital Nomad Visa enables one to move to Italy and obtain a residence permit. According to the Global Peace Index 2023, Italy is ranked 34th out of 163 countries in terms of safety.

  • 2

    Visa-free travelling to the Schengen Area

    Italian residents can visit other Schengen Area states without visas, staying for up to 90 days out of every 180.

    One can reach Bern and Geneva in 4—5 hours by car from Milan. Sea lovers organise tours along the coasts of France and Portugal. Residents of Italy also travel by ferry to Croatia and Greece.

  • 3

    Residence permits for family members

    Residence permits are granted to the digital nomad’s family members: a spouse, children, and parents.

  • 4

    Access to quality medicine and education

    According to the Legatum Prosperity Index 2023, Italy ranks 17th in healthcare quality among 167 countries. The average life expectancy in Italy is 82.7 years.

    According to the QS World University Rankings, six Italian universities are among the top 300.

  • 5

    EU citizenship after 10 years

    Five years of living in Italy grants the opportunity to obtain permanent residency. Applying for citizenship becomes possible after another five years.

    With an Italian passport, one can live and work in any EU state without restrictions and travel to 172 countries without visas.

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Practical guide on the Italy Digital Nomad Visa

  • Step-by-step procedure

  • Requirements for applicants

  • Required documents

  • Answers to frequently asked questions

Who can get an Italian residence for remote workers

  • Main applicant

    • Over 18

    • Non-EU citizen

    • Annual income of €32,400+

    • Savings of €30,000+

    • Remote work and long-term contract

    • Health insurance in Italy

    • Registered address in Italy

    • No criminal record

  • Spouse

    • In an officially registered marriage

  • Children under 18

    • Enrolled in a school in Italy

  • Parents

    • Financially dependent on the main applicant

Costs of obtaining an Italy Digital Nomad Visa

Digital Nomad Visa costs include renting or purchasing real estate and related fees.

When adding relatives to the application, the requirement for savings increases by €3,500—4,000 per family member.

Costs

Amount

Visa application

€30

Residency card

€112

Health insurance with the coverage of at least €30,000

€350+

Translator and notary fees

€1,000+

Buying or renting housing

Purchase: €800+ per square metre in towns and €5,000+ in large cities

Rent: €300+ per month in towns and €900+ in large cities

Individual cost calculation for a Italy Digital Nomad Visa

Individual cost calculation for a Italy Digital Nomad Visa

Get an estimate for your entire family with all associated expenses and governmental fees

Required documents to get an Italy Digital Nomad Visa

The Italian Remote Work Visa application is submitted to an Italian Consulate in the country of citizenship or residence. The standard package includes:

  1. Visa application.

  2. International passport.

  3. Proof of remote work, such as employment contracts.

  4. Proof of income, such as a salary certificate.

  5. Bank account statement.

  6. Health insurance.

  7. Proof of registration in Italy, such as a rental agreement.

  8. Receipt for payment of state duty.

When applying for a visa, a digital nomad pays a state fee of €112 and a consular fee of €30.

Step-by-step process of obtaining an Italy Digital Nomad Visa

The procedure for obtaining a Digital Nomad Visa takes at least four months.

1

1 day

Preliminary Due Diligence

Before agreeing to prepare the Digital Nomad Visa Italy application, Immigrant Invest checks the applicant in international legal and business information databases. A certified Compliance Anti-Money Laundering Officer carries out this procedure.

Verification reduces the risk of failure to 1%. It is completely confidential.

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2

30+ days

Collection of documents and renting or purchasing housing

Immigrant Invest lawyers compile an individual list of documents based on the applicant’s situation. They also fill out government forms.

The applicant rents or purchases residential property in Italy. The minimum price or rent amount for the property is not established.

3

Up to 90 days

Applying for a visa

If the applicant has a tourist visa, they can come to Italy and apply for a residence permit. If they do not have a visa, they must apply for a national D visa at an Italian Consulate in their country of citizenship or residence.

4

8 days

Applying for a residence permit

Within 8 days of arriving in Italy, the applicant must provide documents for a residence permit. It is also necessary to submit biometric data at the police station in the registration area.

5

In 1—2 months

Getting residency cards

An application for a residence permit is processed within one to two months.

The status is issued for a year with the possibility of an extension. A digital nomad must confirm remote work and income conditions to renew a residence card. Additionally, the resident must prove they stayed in the country more than 183 days a year.

How to obtain Italy permanent residency and citizenship after a Digital Nomad Visa

Digital nomads can obtain permanent residency after living in Italy for 5 years. However, they may only leave the country for up to 6 consecutive months and 10 months in total.

Permanent residency is issued indefinitely, but the residence permit card must be renewed every 5 years.

Italian citizenship can be acquired after 5 years of living in the country with permanent residency. During this time, residents may only leave the country for up to 10 months.

Applicants must also demonstrate knowledge of the Italian language at level B1.

Italy recognises dual citizenship, so renouncing one’s original passport is unnecessary.

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Frequently asked questions

  • How do I get a Remote Work Visa to Italy?

    Foreigners get Digital Nomad Visas if they prove an income of €32,400+ per year and their work is remote. They must also show savings of €30,000+ and buy or rent real estate in Italy.

    The visa enables one to acquire an Italian residence permit for a year with the possibility of an extension for another two years.

  • Does Italy offer a Digital Nomad Visa?

    In 2024, Italy launched the Digital Nomad Visa for remote workers. It allows non-EU citizens to obtain a residence permit for a year, with the possibility of an extension.

    Digital nomads must demonstrate an income from outside Italy of €32,400+ per year, show savings of €30,000+, and rent or buy property. They can include their spouse, children under 18, and parents in the application.

  • What is the tax rate for digital nomads in Italy?

    Italy’s digital nomad taxes are levied under the general tax system, meaning digital nomads pay the same taxes as other residents. The income tax rate is calculated on a progressive scale of 24 to 43% and depends on the taxpayer’s annual earnings.

  • What is the Digital Nomad Visa?

    The Digital Nomad Visa provides a way for those who work remotely to obtain a residence permit in the country. Such visas are valid in many countries, including Malta, Cyprus, and Portugal.

    Italy is also launching its Digital Nomad Visa in 2024. To obtain a residence permit, foreigners must confirm an income of €32,400+ per year, demonstrate savings of €30,000+, and buy or rent real estate.

    The advantages of an Italian residence permit for digital nomads include the possibility of renewing it an unlimited number of times and the opportunity to obtain citizenship. For comparison, the maximum period for a Digital Nomad visa in Malta is four years.

  • What are the benefits of an Italian Digital Nomad Visa?

    A residence permit in Italy allows travel to the Schengen countries without a visa, access to quality education and medical care, and entry to the country even when the borders are closed to tourists.

    After 5 years, foreigners can apply for permanent residence permits and, after another 5 years, for citizenship.

  • What is the difference between a long-term D visa and a Digital Nomad Visa for Italy?

    The Digital Nomad Visa is a subtype of the national long-term D visa. Such visas are issued for more than six months and allow you to obtain a residence permit in the country.

  • How does a residence permit in Italy for self-employed people differ from a Digital Nomad Visa?

    A residence permit in Italy for the self-employed implies that the foreigner will conduct independent business activities in Italy. The Digital Nomad Visa is suitable for those who work remotely.

  • What is the cost of a Digital Nomad Visa in Italy?

    Costs for a residence permit include the expenses for renting or purchasing real estate and related fees.

    When adding relatives to the application, the requirement for savings increases by €3,500—4,000 per family member.

  • How to obtain PR and citizenship after nomad residence in Italy?

    Digital nomads obtain permanent residency after living in Italy for 5 years. However, they can only leave the country for up to 6 months in a row and 10 months in total.

    Italian citizenship is issued after 5 years of residing with a permanent residence permit. One can leave the country for up to 10 months for the entire period.

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