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Retirement Visa Italy Legal Services

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How can a lawyer help me with the Retirement Visa in Italy?

The process of obtaining an elective residence visa in Italy can be complex and time-consuming, and it is important to ensure that your application is complete and accurate to avoid delays or rejections.

A lawyer can provide valuable assistance in obtaining an elective residence visa in Italy by offering guidance on the eligibility requirements and necessary documentation, assisting with the application process, and navigating any legal challenges that may arise.

Firstly, the lawyer can evaluate your situation and determine if you meet the eligibility criteria for the Italy elective residenc visa, which includes having sufficient financial resources, healthcare coverage, and a suitable place to live in Italy.

Next, the lawyer can help you gather the required documentation, such as proof of income, health insurance, and a lease or property deed in Italy, and ensure that everything is in order before submitting the application.

In addition, if there are any legal challenges or issues that arise during the application process, such as a denial or request for additional information, the lawyer can help you address them in a timely and effective manner.

If you need assistance with obtaining an elective residence visa in Italy, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our experienced lawyers can provide you with the guidance and support you need to navigate the application process successfully. Please reach out to us to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can assist you.

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What is the Italian Retirement Visa?

The retirement Visa in Italy is usually called Elective Residence Visa, and it’s the national type “D” visa, a visa for foreigners and expats who wish to reside in Italy without working. It’s aimed at retirees as the permit is a residence permit and not a work permit.

It’s Italy’s version of a “Wealth Visa” and is available to applicants who can show that they can financially support their lifestyle while living in the country.

It allows the main applicant’s spouse and their dependent children to join them on a family visa. The additional requirement here is that the applicant also has enough financial means to support the family’s application.

Aside from being able to travel in Italy, the holder can travel in Europe without any hassle in the Schengen area. So you can now enjoy your time exploring European cities like Paris, Barcelona or Lisbon. 

Unlike other visa applications for Italy, there’s no need to make an investment in the country.

Applicants shall apply for this Visa in the Italian Consulate with jurisdiction to their place of residence.  

The main requirement for the visa is that the holder can show evidence that they can support their lifestyle in Italy. It’s important to work with a qualified Immigration Lawyer because each Consulate has different requirements for assessing an applicant’s financial position. 

There’s no need to have an Italian bank account to apply for this Visa, as the source of the income usually is deposited in your local bank account.

Some of the documentation may need to be certified and translated into Italian by a professional. We provide guidance and support here as well as help with choosing healthcare insurance providers in Italy. To apply for this Visa, one of the requirements is to have health insurance that complies with all Italian standards.

The general process is as follows:

1. Gather the paperwork

For this step, you need to collect all of the important documents. This includes bank and tax records, proof of accommodation, and a health insurance policy, among others. It’s not a general rule, but some Consulates might ask for translations of these documents, in those cases they will need to be legalized and sworn translated into Italian.

2. Apply at the Italian Embassy or Consulate

From your home country:

You can file your application at your local Consulate or Embassy with all the paperwork and request an appointment with the immigration officials. It takes up to 90 days to get an answer and you need to return to the Consulate to collect visa. Once you have the visa, you can enter Italy and the permit is valid for a year

3. Move to Italy

Once the application has been approved, you will be granted a visa that will allow you to travel to Italy. The visa is granted for one year and a residence permit (also with one-year duration) can be renewed in Italy every year.

After you arrive in Italy, you will have only 8 days to request a Residence Permit (Permesso di Soggiorno) from local authorities. Applying for the “Permesso di Soggiorno” allows foreigners to live in the country for more than 90 days.

The last step of the request is registering your residence with the Italian Town-hall (”Ufficio Anagrafe”), which you grant you a residence certificate within a maximum of 45 days.

The Italian Golden Visa holder has the right to visa-free travel throughout all of Europe’s Schengen area.

The Italian government asks applicants to supply evidence that they can support their lifestyle. Most Consulates ask for bank statements and tax records. 

The Italian government can also request tax declarations and other legal documents as proof.

The funds don’t need to be in a local bank. 

What Documents do I need:

Most Elective Residence visa applicants require the following documentation to obtain residence in Italy:

  • Proof of accommodation in Italy.

  • Private healthcare insurance according to Italian requirements. This isn’t always mandatory but is highly recommended in all applications.

  • Bank statements showing a steady flow of passive income as per the Visa requirements.

  • A passport with residual validity of 1 year and 3 months at the time of the Application.
  • A motivation letter stating the reasons why you want to move to Italy. This isn’t the case for all Consulates.

The timeline differs depending on your country of residence but generally follows the below.

Applying From your country residence:

  • Understand what’s needed: one day
  • Collect and prepare the documents: one to two weeks
  • File the request: one day
  • Decision for the request: 90 days
  • Schedule Consulate Visa Appointment: 25 to 45 days
  • Receive Visa to enter Italy, which is valid for one year

Obtaining Reidence Permit in Italy:

  • Declare your presence to the local Italian Police, or Questura: Within eight days of arriving.
  • Request the “Permesso di Soggiorno”: Within eight days of arriving.
  • File the “Permesso di Soggiorno” request with the competent authorities: One day.
  • Fingerprinting collection appointment at the local Questura: up to the authority calendar.
  • Issued with a physical “Permesso di Soggiorno” card.

Elective Residence Visa Requirements for Italy with Giancarlo Ostetto

“The Elective Residence Visa is for those who want to reside in Italy permanently, or at least for a long period of time.

  • This Visa does not allow you to work in Italy – The minimum passive income is around €32,000/year.
  • Must have a lease agreement or own Real Estate property in Italy.
  • Health Insurance is mandatory and must comply to Italian standards”.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, as long as you provide proof that your family members are economically dependent on you and that you possess sufficient means of maintaining your family members in Italy with you for the entire duration of the Visa.

No, the Elective Residence Visa does not allow the applicant to work in Italy. 

Yes, to maintain the residence permit for Elective Residence you must register your residence before the Ufficio Anagrafe of your city town hall, and you have to stay in the country for at least half of the duration of your permit.

Italy does not consider any proof of income coming from freelance or self-employed work. The applicant must prove to own substantial and stable private income originating from pensions, annuities, income from properties or investments funds, and income from stable economic and commercial activities.

No, Italy does not have a Visa program for those who buy Real Estate in the territory. The applicant must have a registered lease contract or own residential property in Italy to apply for the visa.


We are a department formed by qualified legal experts who have been trained in the field of immigration law. We work on these residency permit requests every day. It’s our passion. 

For us, Lexidy is a way of life and what excites us the most is to be able to deliver the happiness and satisfaction of a successful immigration process. We want to help you achieve your goals and dreams, whether it’s residence in Spain or simply an investment.

Giancarlo Ostetto

Giancarlo Ostetto

Lawyer, Head of Milan Office
Alessia Peschiera

Alessia Peschiera



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16:40 29 Dec 23
I’ve used them numerous times for my visa purposes. They’ve been honest and direct with there responses. Comes to show they’re knowledgeable and wont waste both our times. Highly recommend them!
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Yaw Kevin
02:00 27 Sep 23
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07:37 13 Aug 23
A great law firm that covers anything an expat might need. I needed help with real estate initially, and they also helped me with immigration, taxes, and corporate legal matters. Fantastic people to work with. Alejandro from their real estate and immigration department is my main contact and he is an absolute pleasure to work with. Highly recommended!
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21:25 15 Jun 23
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10:55 20 Jul 22
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15:05 16 Jul 22
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12:34 04 Jul 22
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08:57 01 Jul 22
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21:46 29 Jun 22
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Phil S
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19:50 05 May 22
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