The UK Government has launched a public information campaign across Europe to help UK nationals prepare for the end of the UK’s transition period on 31 December.
UK nationals living in Italy will receive information about specific actions they need to take to keep their rights and access to services in Italy, including around residency, healthcare, driving licences and passports.
The campaign will use multiple channels—including Facebook, digital media and newspaper advertising in Italy—to urge people to take necessary action to protect their rights, so that they can continue living, working and travelling in Europe after the transition period.
In addition to this major information campaign, the British Embassy in Italy has been working with community groups and directly with UK nationals to inform them. This includes providing information and support through town hall information meetings, question and answer sessions with the Ambassador and consular experts, as well as Facebook live Q&A sessions, video messages and newsletters.
In a press release, British Ambassador to Italy, Jill Morris CMG, commented, “Protecting the rights of UK nationals is an absolute priority for us. That’s why we have been providing advice and reassurance to UK nationals, to make sure they have all the information they need and certainty about their rights. Brits in Italy should visit our Living in Guides where they can find out about the steps they need to take and get important information about residency, healthcare, passports and driving licences in Italy.”
The UK Government also announced last year up to three million pounds in grant funding for charities and other voluntary organizations to provide practical support to help vulnerable UK nationals who may struggle to complete residency or registration applications, for example, those who have mobility difficulties, are disabled or elderly. These groups may need extra help to complete any paperwork in preparation for the end of the transition period.
How to apply/register for residency in Italy
(taken from www.gov.uk/guidance/living-in-italy)
If you are resident in Italy before the transition period ends on 31 December 2020, you will be able to stay.
You must register as an Italian resident (in Italian) if you want to stay in Italy for more than 3 months. You will get one of the following from the local town hall or comune:
- an attestazione di regolarità di soggiorno
- a certificato di residenza
- attestazione di iscrizione anagrafica or attestazione di soggiorno permanente (if resident for 5 years or more)
The rules on residency registration remain the same during the transition period. Read the Italian government’s guidance on residency processes for UK nationals (in Italian).
If you have already registered as a resident and have a residency document, you should obtain the new attestazione from your local comune. This new document will be proof of your rights under the Withdrawal Agreement.
For more information about the new attestazione, read the Italian Ministry of Interior’s circular (in Italian). It includes a sample of the new document. You should take this to your local comune when requesting it.