What is the change? The Italian government has imposed new residence permit filing fees.

What does the change mean? Effective June 9, applicants have to pay additional filing fees ranging from €40 to €100, depending on the type of permit and validity period.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate and ongoing. The changes will be applied retroactively by most immigration offices, meaning that fees will be attached to pending applications as well as new applications.
  • Visas/permits affected: All residence permits, including EC residence permits for long-term residents and intracompany transfer permits.   
  • Who is affected: Employers and foreign nationals applying for residence permits.
  • Business impact: Companies may need to adjust their budgets slightly to account for the new filing fees.

Background: The new fees were put in place after the European Court of Justice ruled that Italy’s previous, higher filing fees violated EU regulations. Filing fees were temporarily abolished, reintroduced and then abolished again. They have now been introduced again, but at lower rates. The fees will be as follows:

Permit Type Filing Fee
Residence permits valid for three months to one year €40
Residence permits valid for one to two years €50
EC residence permit for long-term residents, ICT permits €100

Italy’s €76 fixed fee for all residence permit applications will also remain in place.

BAL Analysis: Employers and non-EU nationals applying for residence in Italy should take note of the new fees and plan accordingly.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Italy. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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