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Italy Launches Digital Nomad Visa

As of April 4, Italy has opened its doors to foreigners seeking a legal stay of up to a year through a new scheme aimed at highly skilled workers. Unlike other EU Digital Nomad Visa programs, Italy’s initiative operates under Article 27 of the immigration code, emphasizing its focus on attracting top-tier talent, according to global mobility expert Damien O’Farrell.

To qualify for the program, applicants must demonstrate an annual income of €28,000 (£23,992.50) or more, possess health insurance, and secure accommodation for their intended stay in Italy. Additionally, applicants must have a clean criminal record for the past five years.

Prospective participants must prove they have worked as digital nomads or remote workers for at least six months prior to applying. Before submitting their application, individuals must ensure they are tax-compliant in Italy.

Foreign nationals interested in the program must schedule an in-person appointment at an Italian consulate in their country of residence. Required documents include a valid passport, proof of employment, income, health insurance, accommodation in Italy, and a clean criminal record certificate.

Upon visa approval, applicants have eight days from their arrival in Italy to apply for a residence permit.

Italy joins several other European countries offering Digital Nomad Visa programs, including Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Malta, Romania, the Netherlands, and Norway.

Monthly income requirements for digital nomads vary across EU countries. For instance, Hungary requires €2,000, Croatia €2,300, Cyprus and Greece €3,500, and Romania €3,700 per month.

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