Moving to Italy: What To Think About Before You Jump

Taking a long, luxurious vacation is one thing, but packing up your whole life and permanently moving countries is another thing entirely. Relocating can be a tricky business with loads of planning, and there are a lot of expenses involved that you may not be aware of.

Italy is a dream holiday destination. With its beautiful landscapes, stunning architecture, and food to die for, it’s no wonder so many people decide to make it their new home after just one visit. But just like with any relocation, there are a few things to keep in mind when you’re thinking about immigration. We’ve rounded up a few important considerations to make.

Safety

Finances aside, your safety and the safety of your family is a top priority. Considering that Italy is ranked the 31st safest country in the world, you can feel pleased that this is well above the USA and you won’t be heading into treacherous territory. However, taking care to research the safest places to live in Italy is an important step for your own peace of mind.

Plan of Action

When you want to immigrate, it’s not as easy as one-two-three. Simply hopping on a plan and buying a new home isn’t going to be in the cards. You’ll need to have some kind of plan in place. When going overseas for an extended period of time, you’ll need a long-term visa and there are a few different ways to go about this. You could apply to study at a university in Italy and get a student visa. You could apply for jobs and fly over with a working visa if you get a job offer. If you’re not keen on either of these routes, you could try and apply for a working holiday visa which will allow you to find small, part-time jobs while you’re in the country, giving you time to figure out how you’ll make it more permanent.

Research 

Before you make this big decision, do your best to research everything you can about the country. You’ll want to know not only about good areas to live in but about their immigration laws, taxes, the cost of living and other important personal and financial considerations. This information could have a huge impact on your final decision, and whether or not moving to Italy would be a viable option for you and your family. Efficient planning is a crucial step in ensuring that your finances keep you afloat in any aspect of life, and immigration can be a costly move to make.

Documentation

Moving abroad requires stacks and stacks of paperwork. Find out in advance every bit of documentation you’ll need and start gathering them. Ensure that you have original copies of your documents if possible, as well as certified copies. Getting all of this in order long ahead of time is a great way to make the process a little easier and less stressful, since realising the week before your move that some documents are missing or have expired can put unnecessary pressure on everyone. It’s also important to remember that some documents, like your visas, can cost you a substantial amount of money. This should be factored into your budgeting – don’t be caught unaware!

Budgeting 

Of course, one of the most important elements of a move that you’ll need to consider: can you realistically afford it? When looking at your relocation options, do your research and try to make a comprehensive list of expenses you will incur during this process, from start to finish. There are many to consider.

If you’re working on the idea of a student visa, you’ll need to pay tuition fees, on top of everything else. International students often pay a bigger fee than locals, so you’ll need to decide whether this is a good idea.

After this, you’ll need to consider the costs of all your documentation, and the cost of hiring an immigration lawyer or agent, if that’s the route you wish to take. Immigration can be done without this help, but professional assistance is often worth the extra expense.

Travel costs form a major part of your move – you’ll most likely need to hire an international moving company which can cost a hefty fee. You’ll also be paying for flight tickets, renting a car, and in 2021 you’ll have to keep in mind that you may need to quarantine in isolation for a few weeks upon entry (which implies paying for a hotel).

Finally, you’ll also have to factor in housing – will you be renting a home and where will the money for this come from in the first few weeks? In immigration, there is a lot to consider, and having a decent amount of backup money in your savings account is always the best option.