Quitting Your Job in Italy

Quitting your job is much different in Italy than in America. During high school and college I often changed jobs as I moved to new cities and desired different skills. The process of leaving my position was never more difficult than submitting a letter or speaking with my boss in person about my intention to pursue other opportunities. However, in Italy, even quitting your job can require a trip to a bureaucratic office.

Luckily, my overall resignation process was very positive because I was in the process of accepting another job for the same company. Regardless of your motivations for leaving your current job, here is the process:

Starting March 2016, the INPS no longer accepts letters of resignation. You can complete the process online through the Istituto Nazionale Previdenza Sociale website or by visiting the Ispettorato Nazionale del Lavoro in person.

Online Resignation Process
  • Visit the website linked above to the Istituto Nazionale Previdenza Sociale
  • Search “dimissioni” in the upper right-hand corner and select “dimissioni volontarie”
  • Complete the online module

You will need the PIN code that is provided to you by the INPS. The purpose of the PIN is to verify the worker’s identity. This process can be long and complicated as it requires part of the PIN to be sent in the mail to you.

The in-person resignation process is much more straightforward in my opinion. You can skip the whole PIN process because they can verify your identity at the office with your personal documents.

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In-Person Resignation Process

Make a visit to the Ispettorato Nazionale del Lavoro. I arrived with a lettera di dimissioni because I had not known about the new rules regarding the resignation process. However, I was able to complete the process that same day with my passport, permesso di soggiorno, codice fiscale, and information about the company I worked for (name, address, etc.). In general, it’s probably a good idea to follow the usual plan for a trip to a governmental office in Italy and bring literally every official document you have in your possession.

About 15 minutes later I left the office with a letter in hand stating my basic information, my workplace’s information, and my last day of work. I consider it a successful day any time I only need to visit a governmental office one time before completing the task. Time to celebrate with gelato! (Stracciatella and nocciola of course).

The ultimate post-bureaucracy celebration

Disclaimer: This post does not constitute legal advice. The materials on this website have been prepared by Expat Alexa and are intended to communicate general information only. Please contact a lawyer for legal advice.


  1. Good to know! What happens to the work visa if you resign prior to it expiring? Will you have to leave the country immediately? Lose health insurance? Start a whole new visa application for a new job? I read that you can register as unemployed for the remainder of your stay. Any thoughts? Thanks.

    • It is my understanding that your permit or visa cannot be revoked just for losing your job. You area allowed to stay in Italy until the expiration of your permit or visa. This is essentially what I did. While I received a job offer from the same company, I was employed under a new company name. I had to quit my job at the “old” company and get re-hired at the “new” one. Although they were technically the same company. While I have yet to receive my physical permesso di soggiorno card, I don’t suspect that any problems were created by me quitting my job earlier in the year. It also my understanding that people who quit or lose their jobs may still receive income support the remainder of their permit or visa.

      • Yippee! I had forgotten that I wrote to you and found this when googling my question as now it is certain that I will leave my job in mid January. If they fire me, do I still have go to the Ispettorato Nazionale del Lavoro? We haven’t decided which option to take yet. Can I still travel within Europe freely? Grazie mille!

  2. You can stay in Italy until your permesso expires, but the permesso is not valid in other countries. Of course you can travel around Europe with it, but it works like a visa, so you would have to return to Italy before 90 days is up. I’m not sure about what happens if they fire you, or if they even can. It all depends on your contract. My advice would be to go to the Ispettorato Nazionale del Lavoro and leave voluntarily. The process is really easy and then you know you are doing everything by the book.

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