The digital nomad visa – conditions and procedure –


The digital nomad visa – conditions and procedure –


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Conditions for accessing the DV Visa

Entry into and residence in Italy of non EU citizens who meet the definition of digital nomad and who:

  • possess the  minimum education qualifications as set out in Article 27-quater, paragraph 1, of  Legislative Decree No. 286 of 25 July 1998 (see below) and who present evidence of the same;
  • have a clean criminal criminal record and present the necessary certification issued by the authorities in their country of residence (e.g ACROfor the UK );
  • have a minimum annual income from lawful sources that is not less than three times the minimum level laid down for exemption from participation in health expenditure -i.e. approximately Euro 28,000 annually for singles – higher amounts apply to family units
  • have health insurance for medical treatment and hospitalisation valid for Italian territory and for the period of stay;
  • have appropriate documentation concerning accommodation arrangements in Italy;
  • can demonstrate previous experience of at least six months in the context of the work activity to be carried out from Italy;
  • present the contract of employment or collaboration or a related binding offer, if they are a remote worker, who, for the performance of  a work activity is required to possess of one of the requirements set out in Article 27-quater, paragraph 1, of  Legislative Decree No. 286 of 25 July 1998 (see below);
  • works or is to work for an Italian employer who presents a declaration signed by the employer, accompanied by a copy of a valid identity document attesting to the absence of any criminal convictions, in the past five years, for Immigration offences referred to in Article 22, paragraph 5-bis, of the Immigration Code.

Evidence of the meeting the requirements will need to be presented, when applying for the Visa at the competent diplomatic-consular office.  What various consular offices will require in this context remains to be seen but applicants should focus on attending the consular appointment with

  • an original copy of a degree certificate;
  • a copy of a Dichiarazione di Valore (certification issued by an Italian Consular authority attesting to the validity of the certificate of you degree of your educational qualifications  i.e. that the institution and course(s) followed are bona fide – or in other words that your degree was not  issued by a “degree mill”;
  • criminal record certificate;
  • proof of income (recent payslips, annual certification of earnings, tax return, recent bank statements);
  • receipt for health insurance and copy of the contract;
  • proof of accommodation arrangements in Italy – signed rental contract or copy of home purchase document;
  • evidence of prior six months working as remote worker;
  • offer or contract of employment in Italy, contract for services or other evidence of future source of income;
  • self certification signed by or on behalf of the prospective employer in Italy, if you will be working for an Italian employer, certifying the absence of criminal convictions in the past five years.

Practice varies from consulate to consulate in terms of exactly what is required, and also in terms of translation of documents not in the Italian language and requirement for he affixing of an Apostille to applicable documents.

Applicants will be well advised to seek the services of an attorney or other counsel familiar with the procedures of the Italian Consular Service to assist collating the appropriate documents minimising the need for repeat appointments and the risk of the documents ceasing to be valid due to the passing of time.  It is hoped that Italian consulates will publish a detailed listing of requirements for the issue of the DN Visa is due course.


The Request for a Visa needs to be presented at the Italian consulate for the jurisdiction in which you currently reside along with supporting documentation.  The Consular Authorities will be responsible for the issue of an Italian fiscal code number.

Once the Visa is issued you can enter Italy and within 8 days of arrival you need to present to the Police Immigration Service for the jurisdiction in which you reside, a request for the issue of a Stay Permit (Permesso di Soggiorno). The application needs to be made online using a kit available from Italian Post Offices.  You will be given an appointment to attend your local  Police Immigration Service Offices (Questura) to check your ID,  the relevant supporting  documents, and for your fingerprints to be taken.  You will be called back later to the Questura to  collect your stay permit card when it is ready.

A request for renewal of the stay permit will need to presented within 60 days before the first year of expiry, if you want to stay and continue to meet the conditions for issue.

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