The Italian government has announced that remote workers will soon be able to apply for a “Digital Nomad” Visa, permitting them to work in the country for up to one year. The move is part of a package of measures designed to help Italy recover from Covid-19. The hope is that these professionals will come to the country for the Dolce Vita and spend lots of money in the process.
The details are yet to be released, but it is specifically aimed “highly qualified professionals” who are able to work remotely because of modern “technological tools”. The pandemic has upended working practices around the world. While many companies are trying to tempt people back to the office, or permitting hybrid working practices, others have gone fully remote. This adds to a trend that was already growing before the pandemic, and it is these people Italy is seeking to reach.
It is not clear how Italy plans to define “highly qualified professionals” and what the visa criteria will be. There may be a minimum income requirement, an educational-attainment requirement, and/or a job seniority/experience requirement. We will keep you updated as the rules are set.
The visa will be valid for up to one years and it is not yet clear whether there will be options to extend. However, for anyone who falls for the Italian way of life and wishes to remain longer, there are multiple options for staying on. The Elective Residency Visa is currently our most popular Italian option and offers residency to anyone who can prove funds of €32,000/year earned outside of Italy to support themselves.
Visit our Italy Practice page for full details on all your Italian immigration options.
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