Italy is ready to offer long-term digital visas for remote workers

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Italy ready to offer long digital visas for remote workers

According to The Local, a government decree known as Decreto sostegni ter was first introduced back in January and finally passed into law last Thursday. 

Although the term “digital nomads” does not appear in the bill, the document is clearly aimed at attracting citizens of countries outside the EU to Italy. They must meet several requirements: “Participate in highly skilled work activities using technological tools that allow them to work remotely. At the same time, the employing company cannot be a resident, that is, registered in Italy. This was reported by the Italian news agency Il Sole 24. 

There is still a lot of uncertainty in the wording, for example, what constitutes “highly skilled labor activity.”

Among other requirements — suitable housing, adequate income, health insurance and no criminal record. Again, the specific details of these points and their implementation remain to be determined. Remote workers will also need to meet minimum income requirements, but here again the exact amount is not yet known.

However, according to the document, non-EU workers can be issued a permit for a period of one year , and will not be subject to any restrictions on quotas for foreign workers.

After a year, the worker can apply for an extension of the permit. 

Recall that already A number of countries, such as Antigua and Barbuda, Georgia, Portugal, Bermuda, Dominica, Mauritius and Malta, have introduced long-term visas and permits allowing foreigners to live and work in the country, in some cases for up to two years.

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