REGISTRY OF ITALIAN CITIZENS ABROAD
Italian citizens living in Italy are registered in the A.P.R. ‘Anagrafe della Popolazione Residente (Resident Population Registry) of the Municipality they live in and they refer directly to the offices of their municipality for all registry-related procedures.
Italian citizens living abroad are registered in the ‘Anagrafe degli Italiani Residenti all’Estero’ A.I.R.E. (Registry of Italian nationals living abroad) of the municipality where they (or their ancestors, for those who have never lived in Italy) lived before moving abroad. For all registry-related procedures, these citizens must refer to the Italian Consular Offices which will act as go-between with the Italian municipality. A.I.R.E. was established by Law n. 470 of 27th October 1988.
AIRE registration is necessary to benefit from many services offered by the Consular Offices as well as to be entitled to certain rights such as:
– the right to vote by mail at the political elections and at referendums, and to vote for the European Parliament at the polling stations organized in the diplomatic and consular representations in the EU countries;
– the right to request the issue or renewal of identity and travel documents, and certificates.
• WHO MUST REGISTER IN A.I.R.E.
– Italian Citizens who move abroad for more than 12 months;
– Italian Citizens who live abroad because they were born there or because they have acquired the Italian citizenship.
• WHO IS NOT REQUIRED TO REGISTER IN A.I.R.E.
– people who go abroad for less than 12 months;
– seasonal workers;
– public employees working abroad in accordance with the Vienna Conventions on diplomatic and consular relations of 1961 and 1963;
– Italian soldiers who work for NATO offices abroad.
• HOW TO APPLY
Italian citizens living abroad must register in A.I.R.E. within 90 days of their arrival in the foreign country. In the Republic of Ireland registration can be done through the website FAST IT (SECOLI – Servizi Consolari Online).
Registration with A.I.R.E. is free of charge.
• UPDATING THE A.I.R.E. DATA (E.G. IN CASE OF CHANGE OF ADDRESS)
If A.I.R.E. is not updated, especially with reference to the address, citizens will not be able to receive communications from the Consular Office and in particular they will not receive the ballots for the elections.
In the Republic of Ireland updates of address can be done through the website FAST IT (SECOLI – Servizi Consolari Online)
• CANCELLATION FROM THE A.I.R.E.
Italian citizens will be cancelled from A.I.R.E. of their municipality in case of:
– registration in the ‘Anagrafe della Popolazione Residente’ A.P.R. (Resident Population Registry) of an Italian municipality when they move back to live in Italy;
– loss of the Italian citizenship;
– transfer to the A.I.R.E. of another Italian municipality (cancellation from the previous one).
– death, including legally declared presumptive death.
An Italian citizen will be automatically cancelled from the A.I.R.E.:
– After 100 years from the birth, unless a proof of life is provided,
– after two failed attempt to contact him/her;
– when the address given for the residence abroad is not valid anymore.
For further information, please refer to the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs