How do UK nationals obtain permanent Italian residency?

Visa requirements

Starting from January 1st 2021, UK nationals planning to stay in Italy for more than 90 days within a 180 day period, have become subject to national visa requirements in accordance with Italian immigration rules applicable to non-EU / third country nationals.

UK nationals wishing to permanently reside in Italy have to follow the same procedures as other non-EU nationals to obtain an Elective Residency Visa (ERV).

UK nationals who became residents in Italy before January 1st 2021, can now apply for a Biometric Residency Card (Carta di Soggiorno Elettronica).

Becoming a permanent Italian resident after Brexit as a UK national

Since January 1st, 2021, UK nationals who wish to reside permanently in Italy will need an Elective Residence Visa (ERV). This is a long-term visa for non-EU citizens who intend to live in Italy. You must be able to prove that you own or lease a property in Italy. You must also be able to support yourself autonomously through income not related to employment. Therefore you will not have to recourse to the Italian welfare system.

An ERV is valid for 1 year after which time, it may be renewed at the relevant police headquarters (questura) provided that the original requirements are still met. ERV applications must be submitted to the Italian consulate in London.

If you are experiencing difficulties obtaining an ERV or if your application has been rejected, you may be interested in reading this article: ERV case study.

UK nationals living in Italy since before January 1st 2021

If you were resident in Italy before January 1st 2021, the UK’s withdrawal agreement from the EU protects your residency and citizens’ rights.

You can now apply for a Biometric Residency Card (carta di soggiorno elettronica). The Biometric Residency Card is an electronic residence document for UK nationals and their families. It provides further evidence of your right to reside in Italy. A Biometric Residency Card can replace other residency paperwork when travelling in Italy or other countries in the Schengen Zone.

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We understand that Italian residency matters can be confusing and difficult to navigate. If you have any questions about what action you should take or if you need help concerning an Elective residence Visa  or a New Biometric Residency Card for UK Nationals Living in Italy, please get in touch with us at: