Residence Request in Italy For European Union Citizens

A residence request in Italy consists of a public register in which information on persons residing in a particular municipality is collected. Residence, instead, is the place where a person has established his habitual abode and where he intends to assert his rights.

Basically, the residence request is the domicile registered at the registry office, while the residence may correspond to the place where a person habitually lives.


The Free Movement Of EU Citizens

EU citizens have the right to move freely within the EU countries. This right is guaranteed by the principle of free movement and the EU treaties.

EU citizens can move to another EU country to work, study, look for work, or family reasons. It is not necessary to obtain a visa or residence permit to enter our country. However, it is required by law to apply for registration with the local authorities after the first three months of residence.

The right to move within the EU has also been extended to family members of EU citizens. This means that family members of EU citizens can move with them and enjoy the same rights of residence in the host country.

Residence Request: The Procedure

The application for civil registration for EU citizens is a legal procedure necessary to establish one’s domicile in an EU member state other than one’s country of origin.

The application for the residence request is made at the registry office of the Municipality in which you wish to reside and generally requires the presentation of certain documents, such as:

  • Valid identity card or passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Documents proving that you are working or studying (e.g., employment contract or enrolment in an educational institution)
  • Declaration of consent for registration of residence address in the municipality (form provided by the registry office)
  • Health insurance that covers health risks during the stay.

In addition, the translation and legalization of certain documents may be required, depending on municipal laws.

How Long Does It Take to Obtain the Registered Residence?

Once the request has been submitted, the registry office will carry out the necessary checks before granting residency. This process can take some time, so it is important to be patient.

Once the registered residence is granted, EU citizens will have the same rights and duties as citizens of the country of residence, such as access to public services and the National Health System.


EU citizens have the right to work and enjoy the same rights as nationals of the host country. It is important to remember that the right to free movement does not mean that EU citizens can live and work in any EU country without restrictions. EU countries may impose certain restrictions on EU citizens, for example in relation to access to social security benefits.

However, in general, the right of EU citizens to move is a fundamental principle of the EU and one of the main freedoms guaranteed to its citizens.