Mediterranean climate, amazing food, beautiful sights and profound culture… What would be a better place to live, work or raise children than Italy? To top it off, the Italian passport ranks third in the world in terms of the number of visa-free destinations. And thanks to Italy's Golden Visa program, foreign investors can get an Italian residency in just a few months.
The Golden Visa is a name often used as a synonym of the Italian Investor Visa program. It’s also often referred to as Italian citizenship by investment because it’s one of the most direct paths leading to a permanent residence permit, and eventually an Italian passport.
The Italian Investor Visa program is aimed at the high net worth individuals intending to make a large investment or donation in Italy.”
After reading this guide you'll understand:
and other important aspects of this program.
Italy has one of the world's largest economies, offering businessmen access to the huge internal and EU markets, as well as many other opportunities. It’s not surprising that the attention of foreign investors to this country is steadily growing. And recently, additional interest was aroused by a reduction in the minimum requirements for Italy's Golden Visa.
It's safe to say that the Investor Visa is one of the most straightforward ways to get an Italian residence permit.
First of all, these visas are prioritized and therefore the application process is way faster than with other visas. It’s also known as a fast-track visa.
Secondly, the application can be done completely online and in English. Other types of visas require the presence of you or your representative in Italy.
Finally, there are numerous other benefits of obtaining the Golden Visa for Italy.
With the Italian Investor Visa you can:
You’re eligible for the Italian Investor Visa if you’re a non-EU national who’s older than 18.
You can apply for an Investor Visa by investing:
Curious about other visas you can get as a non-EU citizen? Check out our guide for moving to Italy from the US.”
Getting a Nulla Osta (certificate of no impediment) is the first step of applying for any Italian visa. Luckily, in the case of the Golden Visa for Italy, it can be done online and relatively quickly.
You’ll need the following documents to apply for Nulla Osta:
After you’ve gathered all the documents, you can apply for the Italian security clearance.
The process of applying for Nulla Osta is as follows:
After you get your Nulla Osta, you’ll have 6 months to request your Golden Visa at the nearest Italian Embassy or Consulate.
All the documents must be submitted in Italian or English. If they’re not, make sure you get a certified translation.
You can enter Italy within 2 years after you get your Italian Investor Visa.
Once you’re in Italy, you’ll have 8 days to apply for a residence permit.
After you prepared the above items:
Your residence permit will be valid for 2 years, starting from the day you entered Italy.
Note: To speed up the process, you can let the Secretariat of the Committee know the date of your visit to Questura in advance.”
To be able to keep your Italian Investor Visa, you need to submit the proof of your donation or investment within 3 months from the date of your application for the residence permit. If you fail to fulfil your commitment, your visa will be revoked.
The investment has to be maintained as long as you want to keep your visa. After living in Italy for 5 uninterrupted years with the Italian Investor Visa, you can apply for a permanent residency and let go of your investment.
Note: If your investment involves purchasing government bonds or shares, you have to deposit them in an Italian financial institution.”
To prove that you made an investment/donation:
You can invest in the following government bonds issued by the Italian Republic:
Note: A minimum residual maturity of no less than 2 years is required for each category of the government bonds.”
These are the documents you’re required to submit as a proof:
The documents you need to prove your investment in a limited company or an innovative start-up are:
The donation must be made in a project of public interest in the fields of culture, education, immigration management, scientific research or preservation of cultural and natural heritage.
The following documents will be required to prove your donation:
As we mentioned earlier, the Investor Visa for Italy is valid for 2 years. During this period, you can use your visa to enter Italy and request a residence permit.
The validity period of your residence permit is also 2 years from the date of your arrival in Italy.
Yes, if you maintain your original investment, you can renew your residence permit for another 3 years via the Investor Visa portal.
You need to apply for the renewal of your residence permit at least 60 days before its expiration date. That way you ensure the absence of “gaps” in your residency, so you can apply for the permanent residence permit after 5 years.
If you meet the requirements for another type of visa (e.g. self-employment visa), you can change the purpose of your stay by going to Questura.
The application can be done either at the time of expiration of your permit or before that date.
The Italian Golden Visa program doesn’t grant you Italian citizenship.
The program does however allow you to obtain Italian residency by investment. And after living in Italy for at least 10 consecutive years, you can apply for Italian citizenship by naturalization.
No, you must maintain the original investment portfolio for the entire duration of your residence permit, or it will be revoked.
Yes, the Italian Investor visa grants you and your family the right to work in Italy freely.
Take a look at our guide to the average salaries in Italy, to know what to expect from the Italian job market.”
Every Italian tax resident is subject to income tax on their worldwide income.
The standard income tax rate in Italy is:
To attract high net worth individuals to the country, Italy implemented an optional tax regime targeted at new residents with substantial sources of foreign income.
The regime allows new residents to pay a lump sum of € 100,000 on their entire income generated outside the Italian territory. The amount has to be paid in one instalment, once a year, before 30 June.
This flat tax regime can be extended to some or all family members. The lump-sum equals € 25,000 for each additional person.
You can request the flat tax regime by choosing the substitute taxation option in your tax return or by applying for an advance tax ruling at the Regional Directorate of your place of residence.
Note: Make sure to apply for your Italian tax identification number (code fiscale) as soon as you move to Italy. It’s one of those things you can’t do anything without!”
Now you know all there is to know about getting your Golden Visa for Italy!
This beautiful country offers some of the most exciting destinations for expats so there is a lot to look forward to! The next step is to start planning your move and searching for your dream home in Italy.
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