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Admin Issues for Expatriates in Rome

Before you can enjoy la dolce vita as an expat in Rome, there are a few things to prepare. From visas to residence permits, our InterNations guide has plenty of information about the administrative details and practicalities of a move to Rome.
Before you can enjoy Rome’s heritage at leisure, there’s quite a bit of red tape to cut through…

Once you get your visa for your stay in Italy, you are ready to make the move to your new home in Rome. If you are a non-EU national, however, the paperwork is not over yet — you still need to get a permesso di soggiorno (official residence permit). This must be done within eight days of arrival in the country.

Getting a Residence Permit

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

Just look for the nearest post office that has a sportello amico logo — the Poste Italiane website has a list of the post offices with this section, as well as useful information such as the opening hours (orari). Here you can fill out the yellow permesso di soggiorno kit.

Other documents required to get a residence permit are:

  • a valid passport, containing your entry visa
  • a copy of your passport and entry visa
  • four recent passport photos
  • documents detailing the nature of your stay in Italy (e.g. work contract)

You will also need to purchase a marca da bollo (revenue stamp), which currently costs 14.80 EUR — this must be affixed to your completed application form.

The completed documentation must then be returned to the post office, where it will be processed.

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 (plus an additional photocopy) and your residence permit or proof of residence, and head for the Agenzia delle Entrate (tax office). The office 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. You should then go and collect your tax number at the respective uffizio territoriale.

Obtaining a Residence Certificate

Last but not least, you need a residence certificate from the anagrafe (registry office) of your town hall. The residence certificate is not the same as the residence permit. Take note: even EU nationals must apply for a certificato di residenzia!

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

The anagrafe is located in the town hall of your municipio (borough ) in Rome. To find your nearest anagrafe, 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.


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