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Investor Visa for Italy

7 Nov 2023

Investor Visa for Italy

Law no. 232 of 11 December 2016, known as the “2017 Budget Law”, introduced a new reason for entry and long-term residence in Italy named "Entry and residence for investors".

It is a 2-year visa for non-EU citizens who choose to invest in strategic assets for Italy’s economy and society.

Who can apply for an investor visa? Nationals coming from countries that are not member of the EU or within the Schengen area countries may apply for an investor visa.

The investor visa applicant must be:

- an individual (i.e. natural person) over eighteen years of age;

- a foreign legal entity, identified in its legal representative, i.e. the person who, on the basis of the deed of incorporation and the articles of association of the entity, is authorized to commit the will of the foreign legal entity2 and is over eighteen years old.

An investor visa can only be issued for a single investment, falling into only one of the types described below.

  1. Government Bonds issued by the Italian Republic;
  2. Companies incorporated and operating in Italy;
  3. Innovative startups;
  4. Philanthropic donation.