There are various ways to immigrate to Italy
. The Italian authorities
consider residency visa applications
for individuals who have reached the retirement age, for other foreigners, for those who can submit proof of self-sustainability, for families and for those seeking employment
in the country. Special consideration is given to foreign investors opening companies in Italy
. No matter the category, each individual must complete long-term visa applications
and apply for stay permits
, on which our team of Italian lawyers
can provide in-depth advice and legal assistance.
Types of visas when immigrating to Italy
There are several types of visas available for those moving to Italy. For the foreigners who are planning a short stay, a three-month permit is required and this document may be renewed for another three months, but any period surpassing six months requires application for a long-stay permit (permesso di soggiorno) in Italy. Other types of visas for immigrating to Italy are:
• the student visa;
• the work visa;
• the family visa.
Student visas are among the easiest to obtain if an individual has been accepted by an Italian university and the student submits evidence of financial independence. Students must also submit a letter of acceptance from an university and the proof of health insurance.
are for those that do not want to work in Italy
. These individuals are also required to submit proofs of financial independence and of owning real estate in Italy
or a rental contract and a criminal record. Italian residence permits
can also be obtained by businessmen who want to open a company in Italy
Natural persons and legal entities who are residents of one of the European Union’s (EU) jurisdictions benefit from simpler regulations in this sense, under the free market policy that is applicable here. However, foreing natural persons and business entities residing outside the EU will need to obtain the required immigration documents following different regulations, applicable to citizens residing outside the EU area.
For example, residents from areas such as Iran, Russia, Middle East and certain Asian countries experience a more difficult immigration procedure
related to the issuance of entry visas
and residence permits
Our team of attorneys in Italy
can offer legal advice to all categories of citizens, including the ones mentined above, for obtaining immigration documents
following the most suitable legal procedure.
The family visa
applies to immediate family members
only, meaning spouse and children
of an individual working in Italy
Obtaining citizenship in Italy
There are three ways to obtain an Italian citizenship:
• by descent;
• by naturalization.
According to the Civil Code
, a child who has an Italian father or mother
is considered an Italian citizen
to an Italian citizen
is another way of obtaining citizenship
. However, there are certain requirements for foreigners marrying Italians
before obtaining citizenship.
Naturalization of foreign individuals is available for those who have legally resided in Italy for ten or more years.
Our Italian law firm
can help you with the application for all types of visas
. You can also contact us
if you want to set up a company in Italy