How to get the new piece of Brexit paperwork all Brits in Italy need

If you're a Brit who's resident in Italy, there's one more piece of paperwork you should get in order before the Brexit transition period ends.

How to get the new piece of Brexit paperwork all Brits in Italy need
Brits living in Italy should prepare for another visit to the town registry office to get their paperwork in order. File photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP

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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.

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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.

Find a detailed guide to registering your residency in Italy here.

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. 

Find more information about claiming permanent residence here.

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:

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.


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 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. 

Find all The Local’s Brexit updates here.

Member comments

  1. I just went to the comune today and obtained the attestazione. They did ask me for proof of medical insurance. I pay voluntary INPS so just showed them my Tessera Sanitaria which did the trick. They did not charge me the 52 centesimi!

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Five expert tips for getting your Italian elective residency visa approved

Here are the main things you should know if you want to succeed first time round when applying for Italy's popular - but elusive - elective residency visa.

Five expert tips for getting your Italian elective residency visa approved

The elective residency visa (ERV) is a popular route to permanently relocating to Italy, but the application process can be hard to navigate and the rejection rate high.

To help readers who are considering taking the plunge maximise their chance of success first time round, The Local spoke to three experts about how to put together the best application possible.

Based on what they told us, we put together a detailed guide to the process, as well as specific advice for UK applicants.

Here are five key takeaways on how to make a successful elective residency visa application.

Write a convincing cover letter

Most consulates require a letter of motivation along with your application explaining why you want to move to Italy.

Applicants often put minimal effort into this, simply saying they love the Italian food and weather, says Elze Obrikyte from Giambrone & Partners – and that’s a mistake.

She says ‘pre-rejection’ decisions are often issued on the basis of this letter alone, even if all the other requirements are met. 

EXPLAINED: How to apply for an elective residency visa to move to Italy

That’s because consular officials want to see you have a strong interest in moving to Italy permanently, not just coming for short stints on holiday.

Because of this, you want to make sure you underscore your ties to Italy, your familiarity with the town you plan to move to, and any other supporting information.

While language skills aren’t a requirement, “if you mention that you are studying Italian or you know Italian, which helps you to integrate better, this is also an advantage for your application,” says Obrikyte.

You should provide as much evidence as you can for a successful ERV application. Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP.
Showing you have a strong connection to Italy will help your application. Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP.

Get your finances in order

Because you’re not allowed to work or receive an ‘active’ income when you come to Italy on an ERV, you need to be able to demonstrate that you have a ‘passive income’ of at least €31,000 per year (€38,000 joint income for married couples).

Nick Metta of Studio Legale Metta says applicants sometimes think that having a large amount of money invested in bonds or the stock market is sufficient, but this won’t satisfy the officials reviewing your application.

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Whether it’s in the form of a pension, annuity, rent, or some other mechanism, you need to prove that you receive a regular income stream in perpetuity and won’t become a burden on the Italian state.

If you don’t currently have passive income of at least €31,000 you may want to speak to a consultant about restructuring your finances, as you won’t be granted an ERV unless the consulate can check this box.

More is more

Consulates can differ in their exact requirements for the ERV, with some saying you don’t necessarily have to provide a letter of motivation or travel tickets to Italy.

But our experts were all agreed: it’s always best to include as much documentation as possible with your application to be on the safe side.

Even though not all consulates require travel tickets, “it’s always better just to enclose them,” says Obrikyte; “I always advise our clients to close as many documents as possible, just to reduce the risk of rejection”.

READ ALSO: How to apply for an Italian elective residency visa from the UK

“The cover letter for some consulates is not a requirement, for some consulates it is a requirement,” says Metta. “We always recommend that you prepare and file a cover letter with every single elective residency visa application.”

The experts also recommend providing a separate cover page with a contents summary for all the documentation submitted, to make things easy for the consular official reviewing your application.

Agencies can assist you in making sure all your paperwork is in order.

You should provide as much evidence as you can for a successful ERV application. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP

Be polite and deferential

The Italian consulate in charge of reviewing your ERV application has total power over whether or not it’s accepted – including the ability to raise the income threshold above the official minimum.

That means you want to be as deferential as possible all your interactions with staff, and avoid coming across as entitled or demanding.

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“You don’t want to go there and say ‘oh, here is the printing of the law’ and this and that – absolutely not,” says Metta.

You’ll also want to make sure you book your travel tickets for at least 90 days after your appointment date – the full period allotted for the consulate to review the application – so it doesn’t seem like you’re trying to rush their decision.

There’s room to negotiate

Finally, our experts stressed that if your application is rejected, that decision isn’t necessarily final.

Obrikyte says it’s typical for consulates to issue a ‘pre-rejection’ notice before delivering their final answer that specifies what the sticking point is, giving you a chance to fix the issue.

“In that occasion it is possible to try to negotiate and change their mind, and this happens very very often,” she says.

When a client of his was told he needed income of at least €100,000, “we contacted the person in charge, exchanged correspondence, provided some extra legal support in terms of evidence and official sources, and we got another appointment and the person finally got their visa,” Metta says.

While you can appeal a rejection in court, Metta says he advises his clients just to reapply, as it’s “so much faster, easier.”

Please note that The Local cannot advise on individual cases. For further information on the ERV and how to apply, visit the Italian foreign ministry’s visa website.