The Italian government announced the list of documents required for the new digital nomad visa and a new online application process for non-quota intra-corporate work permit applications.

Key Points:

  • As BAL previously reported, the Italian government recently introduced a digital nomad visa that allows third-country foreign nationals to reside in Italy and perform highly skilled work for up to 12 months.
  • Through the Italian Consulate in London, the government confirmed important information on the documents that will be required, including:
    • A duly filled and signed application form
    • A valid passport/travel document
    • Passport-style photos
    • Proof of qualification or relevant professional experience
    • Documentation of previous fiscal year income

In addition, the government has also recently created a new online application process for non-quota intra-corporate work permit applications.

Eligible workers who have at least 12 months of employment may now apply online. The permit allows non-EU workers to work in Italy without being subject to any work permit quota limits, provided that individuals previously worked for an Italian company that is currently operating outside the European Union.

Additional Information: In order to qualify for the digital nomad visa, a foreign national must receive an annual income that is no less than three times the minimum level required for exemption from healthcare participation expenses (around €25.000, about US$30,163). They must also possess health insurance for the entire period of stay, proof of accommodation and have at least six months of work experience as a digital nomad or remote worker. In addition, the government confirmed that individuals applying under the remote worker visa category must submit an employment contract that includes a written declaration by the employer. More information from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the requirements can be found here.

BAL Analysis: The new visa is designed to attract more highly specialized workers and is a welcome change for foreign nationals who qualify and wish to work remotely in Italy. The government has announced the documents that are required to provide additional guidance to prospective applicants and streamline the application process for digital nomads and remote workers.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice Group.

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