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The new document is called the ‘attestazione di iscrizione anagrafica‘, and all UK nationals living in Italy are advised to get it – even if they’re already registered as a resident with their local town hall.
In other words, even if you already have a ‘certificato di residenza‘ (certificate of residence), an ‘attestazione di regolarità di soggiorno‘ (declaration of legal residence) or an ‘attestazione di soggiorno permanente‘ (declaration of permanent residence), you should still get the new document as well.
That’s because the latest attestazione, unlike other residency documents, specifically states that you are covered by the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the EU.
That makes it the simplest way to prove that you are entitled to keep all your current rights in Italy after the Brexit transition period ends on December 31st 2020.
The good news is that requesting the new document is fairly straightforward. Here’s how to do it.
Step 1: Register for residency
You must be a registered resident of Italy before you can get the Withdrawal Agreement residency document, so the first thing to do is go to your local comune (town hall) and register with the anagrafe (registry office).
You’ll need to demonstrate that you’re living lawfully in Italy, have the means to support yourself and an official address. British nationals can continue to apply for residency in Italy on the same terms as any other EU national until the end of 2020.
Step 2: Ask the anagrafe
If you’re registering in Italy for the first time, you can request the Brexit residency document at the same time as you apply for residency and receive your ‘certificato di residenza‘.
If you’re already a resident, you should go back to the anagrafe where you’re currently registered and ask them to provide your ‘attestazione di iscrizione anagrafica‘.
Some comune may provide a special form to request the document, or ask you to make an appointment in advance. Call ahead or check your town hall’s website first.
You will need:
- Your British passport or Italian ID card;
- Two ‘marche da bollo’ (revenue stamps) of €16 each, available at a newsagent;
- Administrative fees (‘diritti di segreteria‘) of 0.52 cents, payable at the comune.
You are not required to show additional proof of residency or any other documents.
You should be given a form that looks like this, stating when you were registered in your comune‘s official residency records:
Make sure that the document includes a reference to to Article 18.4 of the Withdrawal Agreement (in Italian: ‘articolo 18.4 dell’Accordo sul recesso del Regno Unito e dell’Irlanda del Nord dall’Unione Europea‘).
Note that it only shows how long you’ve been resident in your current comune, so if you originally registered in a different town in Italy it will not show how long you have been a resident in total.
That could be a problem if you’re seeking to prove that you’ve lived in Italy for five consecutive years or more in order to get permanent residence. In that case you’ll need to show all your previous residency certificates, if you still have them, or request historic residency certificates from your former comune/i or via a private document service.
The new attestazione does not replace any of your current residency documents, so you should keep hold of all the records you already have. The anagrafe should not ask you to hand them over in exchange for the new document.
Watch the British Embassy’s video guide to requesting your attestazione:
What if my comune refuses to issue the new attestazione?
Some residents have reported difficulties obtaining the Brexit residency document due to confusion over who needs it and how to issue it.
It might be helpful to take a copy of the instructions with you to the anagrafe. The following resources are available in Italian:
- The Italian Interior Ministry’s circular n.3/2020, which explains what the document is and provides the sample form.
- The National Association of Italian Comuni’s instructions for town halls, which explain in detail how registry offices should issue the document.
If you continue to have problems, you can contact the International Organisation for Migration’s support service for UK nationals in Italy by calling 800 684 884 or emailing [email protected].
Do I have to get a new attestazione if I change address?
According to the British Embassy: “Our understanding is that you do not need to obtain a second attestazione. However, we are seeking clarification from the relevant Italian ministry.”
Further updates will be posted on the UK government’s Living in Italy online guide.
In the meantime, you should inform the relevant comune of your new address as usual.
What about dual nationals and non-British family members?
Dual Italian-UK nationals do not need to request the new document in order to keep the right to live and work in Italy. (The same goes for any UK national with dual EU citizenship, including from a country other than Italy.)
But they may choose to do so if they have moved to Italy from the UK and wish to protect additional rights such as transferring social security contributions, claiming an uprated UK state pension and keeping reciprocal healthcare cover.
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People who are living in Italy as the family of a British national, and are neither a UK or EU national themselves, should request the new attestazione. You will tick sì for the option that asks if you’re the family member of a British citizen registered as a resident in Italy and covered by the Withdrawal Agreement.
If that’s your case, don’t forget to get all your other paperwork in order too, including applying for a new ‘titolo di soggiorno‘ (residence permit) if necessary.
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