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Rome - Registration, Permits & Other Documentation
Permits to stay can be obtained for many different reasons. The most common permits are for work and marriage to an Italian citizen. However, permits to stay can also be obtained by those who want to set up residence, but are not planning on working in Italy.
After your sixth year of residence in Italy, you will then need to secure a Carta di Soggiorno, or Non-European permanent residence card.
For European residents planning to re-locate to Italy, a Carta di Soggiorno Cittadini U.E., or European citizens permanent residence card, is required.
If you are a non-European citizen, planning to re-locate, you will need to secure a visa before entering Italy. The kind of visa you will need is determined by your reason of re-location. Your visa application must be completed, and turned into the Italian Embassy in your home country, prior to relocation. Below are embassy links for non-European citizens wishing to re-locate to Italy:
United States: www.ambwashingtondc.esteri.it/ambasciata_washington
New Zealand: www.ambwellington.esteri.it/ambasciata_wellington
South Africa: www.ambpretoria.esteri.it/ambasciata_pretoria
European citizens need a current and valid passport, the date of arrival in Italy, and information for spouse and any dependent family members seeking residence in Italy. If you are currently employed, you must provide proof of employment from your employer or authorization from the Chamber of Commerce if you are self-employed. Four recent passport photographs are also required.
For more information on these permits and requirements, visit the links listed below.
You can also call 800.309.309 to obtain more information. This call center is open 24 hours a day and operators are English speaking.
United States driver's licenses are not recognized in Italy. So, if you plan on obtaining a vehicle, or driving in Rome, you will be required to obtain an International Driving Permit before leaving the United States. To obtain an Italian drivers license, you must go through Italy's driver's license process. For more information, please visit the following websites.
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