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Admin Issues for Expatriates in Rome

“All roads lead to Rome”: For many expats, this saying suddenly comes true. Before enjoying la dolce vita, though, you should prepare your move to Rome. On InterNations, you will find plenty of info on moving to Rome, e.g. a city profile, visa options, and help with administrative details.
Before you can enjoy Rome’s heritage at leisure, there’s quite a bit of red tape to cut through…

Once you have arrived in Rome on a visa for Italy, the bureaucratic bother is unfortunately not over yet. If you are not from an EU/EEA member state and have a long-stay National Visa, you need to acquire an official residence permit (permesso di soggiorno) within eight days of your arrival.

Holders of a study visa have to renew it every year; foreign residents with a work visa or family visa only need to go through the renewal process every two years.

Getting a Residence Permit

You can obtain a residence permit at the comune, the immigration office (Sportello l’Unico per l’Immigrazione) of the prefecture, or via the post office. The last option is probably the easiest.

Just look for the nearest post office that has a sportello amico logo, fill out the yellow permesso di soggiorno kit, and hand it in at the counter. If you have difficulty completing the kit, you can call 800 309 309 to receive 24/7 support in Italian, English, Spanish, Arabic, or French.

To find your nearest post office in Rome where you can apply for a residence permit, go to this Poste Italiane search engine. Type in your current residential address and click on the cerca (search) button. Choose the closest location among the results. If sportello amico is listed on the servizi (services) tab, this is the place to go. On the orari (office hours) tab, you can also check out when this post office is open.

How to Acquire a Tax Number

As soon as you have your residence permit, make sure to get your codice fiscale (tax number). Without this number, you’ll be unable to deal with most administrative issues of everyday life in Italy, so it is essential to get one.

Citizens of EU or EEA member states can skip the step with the residence permit and go for the codice fiscale right away.

To obtain your Italian tax number, take your passport and your residence permit or proof of residence and head for the Agenzia delle Entrate (tax office). Which office is responsible for you depends on your address in Rome.

On the website of the Agenzia delle Entrate di Lazio, you can explore the provincial offices by clicking on the map in the top left corner. The direzioni provinciali of Roma I, II, and III will be of interest to you. You should find the nearest local office (uffizio territoriale) and its contact info by clicking on a specific provincial office in the left-hand menu.

Collect your tax number at the respective uffizio territoriale.

Obtaining a Residence Certificate

Last but not least, you need a residence certificate from the registry office (anagrafe) of your town hall. The residence certificate isnot identical with the residence permit. Even if you are an EU national, you must apply for a certificato di residenzia!

EU nationals only need to provide a passport, a proof of employment or sufficient funds, their tax number, and proof of health insurance coverage to get this certificate. Expats with a National Visa, on the other hand, have to show their passport, their residence permit, their tax number, and their marriage or birth certificate (holders of a family visa).

The anagrafe is located at the town hall of your borough (municipio) in Rome. Please click on your residential area on this map of all the Roman municipi. Once you have chosen the borough where you live, you can look for the contact details of the registry office via the left-hand menu.

The anagrafe may be listed separately, under servizi (services), servizi demografici (demographic services)uffici amministravi(administrative offices), dove siamo (where we are), or similar. If you cannot easily find any information on the location and office hours of the ufficio anagrafico (registry office), ask a friend who speaks Italian to search the website or call your municipio for you.


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