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Italy – Brexit – UK citizens will be required to ask for a residence permit in order to stay in Italy

Written by
Lewis Silkin, widely recognised as the UK’s leading specialist employment law practice.

On 20 May 2019, a Law (41/2019, converting a Decree of 25 March 2019) on the consequences of Brexit in Italy was approved.

Under it, UK Citizens already enrolled in Italian public registers can request an ‘EU residence permit for long-term residents’ by 31 December 2020. This permit is granted when the applicant has been resident in Italy for at least five years at the Brexit date.

If this requirement is not met, UK citizens and their family members can still stay in Italy regularly, as long as they request a permit ‘for residence”’ (valid for five years and renewable) by 31 December 2020.

Penalties are specified for violations of the provisions above.

Furthermore, in order to safeguard the social security rights of UK citizens, in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit the Social Security Coordination Regulation (883/2004) will continue to apply for them until 31 December 2020.

Valeria Morosini
Valeria Morosini
Partner - Italy
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