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A.I.R.E.- Registry of Italians Residing Abroad


A.I.R.E.- Registry of Italians Residing Abroad

aireEach Italian Municipality keeps an updated registry of its citizens residing abroad (called A.I.R.E.). Likewise every Consulate keeps a registry of Italian citizens residing within its jurisdiction. For these citizens residing abroad, the Consulate performs some of the functions that a Municipal Office would perform for its residents.

Pursuant to Act 470 of 27 October 1988, Italian citizens who move their residence abroad must inform the relevant consular office, by means of a specific declaration, within ninety days from their arrival.

New residents in New South Wales (with the exception of the cities of Queanbeyan and Cooma which are in the jurisdiction of the Embassy of Italy in Canberra) must forward this declaration to the Consulate General of Italy in Sydney.

For further information on A.I.R.E. it is advisable to consult the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation website and it is also recommended to check the guida dei diritti e doveri del cittadino italiano residente all'estero ("guide on rights and duties of Italian citizens living abroad" - Italian version only), published by the Department of Internal Affairs as well as the guida fiscale per i residenti all'estero ("the taxation guide for residents abroad" - Italian version only).



If you intend to stay in Australia for a period of 12 months or more, it is mandatory to register with A.I.R.E.

You will have to register through the FAST IT portal and follow the procedure or send the form via post (PO Box Q1924, QVB NSW 1230), or deliver it in person (appointment required: please book for "other service") to the Consulate information desk during the office opening hours (Level 19, 44 Market Street, Sydney). This form must be completed by each adult (over 18) Italian member of the family living at the same address and must be lodged along with:

  • Copy of valid Italian passport for each Italian member of the family;
  • Evidence of a permanent residential address (i.e. copy of NSW driver’s licence or utility bills, working contract, residential tenancy lease, bank statement).

In case birth certificates of children of minor age have not yet been registered in Italy, the necessary procedures for their registration will have to be complied with before applying for A.I.R.E. registration. For more information on this topic please consult “How-To Certificate Registration”.



Italians residing abroad must notify the Consulate as soon as possible of any change of address or any variation in the family composition.

This can be done by following the same procedure described above.



By law, the consular registry does not have official value; therefore the consular offices CANNOT issue certificates of residence or of family status. These certificates can be obtained directly from the relevant A.I.R.E. Municipality, which is the sole Italian authority in charge of official registrations.

The Consulate can only issue to interested parties certifications of inclusion in the Consular Registry that will show their address as recorded in the Registry and the members of their family living at the same address.