After United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union, several things changed, including the immigration policies. Before, UK migrants could travel, reside and work seamlessly in any country in Europe, but these are no longer easy to do after Brexit. So, if you’ve been frequenting Italy in the past, you’d be probably asking yourself at this moment, “can I move to Italy after Brexit?”
You can still move to Italy, but not as leisurely as you could once do. If you have to work or settle in Italy temporarily or permanently, you would need a visa corresponding to your purpose of visit.
But don’t get edgy now. Italy remains one of the friendliest countries for expats. Here are several visa options to facilitate your move.
Italy Work Visa
Also known as the D visa, you need this permit to enter Italy for work purposes. Applying for the Italian work visa must be at the Italian consulate. The first step towards getting this visa is tying down a job in the country. Your employer would have a crucial role to play in the process.
Getting this permit allows you to stay up to 2 years in the country, and there is an opportunity to apply for permanent residency with this permit. Thankfully, you don’t have to be away from your family for a long time. There are Family visas to bring your spouse or whole household to join you.
If you are an artist, artisan, freelancer, or planning self-employment, there is a provision for you. The self-employment visa is what you need. You should apply for the NullaOsta (permit) from your country at the immigration office. On declaring your purpose, there would be additional documents to obtain authorizing the specific activity you choose.
After this, you can head to the Italian consulate in your country to apply for a self-employment visa. One of the most important conditions to meet for this visa is proof that you can sustain yourself without working.
Italian Family Visas
If you have a family member in Italy with a permanent residence permit or citizenship, moving to Italy is straightforward. You can harness one of the available family visas to move to the country.
As expected, there must be proof that you are blood relatives. By blood relatives, we mean parents, spouses, and grandparents. Document evidence includes marriage, birth, or adoption certificate.
But you can’t be the one to apply for any of these visas. That’s the duty of your relative in Italy to undertake. Your involvement comes in when the application is already under consideration.
Italian Study Visa
You can move to Italy and study for more than three months in any of their institutions if you have a study visa. Applying for this type of pass must also be from your country. Most importantly, you would need proof of admission to an Italian institution when tendering your application. You would also need a sponsor because this pass doesn’t allow you to work full-time in the country.
You can visit the Italian consulate in the UK to apply. However, this permit is not adequate to keep you in the country indefinitely. You must renew it yearly or apply for another visa that gives you an extension in the country.
Italy’s pleasant atmosphere makes it a proper place for retirees. If you are thinking of spending the rest of your life there, you need a retirement visa, also known as the Elective Residency Visa. To obtain this permit, you have to prove that you are financially buoyant to sustain yourself and your spouse. You must also have a continuous means of income besides an initial amount you should have in the bank. These sources may include pensions, annuities, and income from stocks.
Moreover, you need to show proof of lodging. An agreement for a lease, rental, or purchase will suffice. You must have civil status documents, such as birth and marriage certificates. Also, clearance from your country’s police is mandatory.
Italy is always open to investors. If you are one, the gates won’t be closed for long. You only have to fulfill the requirements for would-be investors outside the EU nations. Let’s say this program involves lots of money, the targets of this visa are the bigwig expatriates ready to improve the economy. You must declare your intent, such as donation, buying an estate, starting up a business, and the likes. Of course, you also need clearance from the UK legal department.
The good news is that Brexit or not, you can still visit Italy without a visa using a Schengen visa. The pass allows you to enter the country as a tourist within 90 days. If you’re looking for something beyond a brief stay, you must get a visa.
Most importantly, every visa discussed above can only get you into Italy. You still have to apply for permanent residency after fulfilling some conditions. One of them is that you’ve legally stayed in the country for at least five years.
Finally, keep your head cool and your activities clean, and you should not have a problem getting the nod to stay as long as you want.