Immigration Lawyers in Italy

Our attorneys can help with the Immigration process in Italy.

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How can a lawyer help me with the Immigration process?

A lawyer can be a valuable resource when it comes to Immigrating to Italy. Here are some ways in which a lawyer can assist you:

Legal advice: A consultant lawyer can provide you with legal advice on the eligibility criteria for any visa, the required documents and the application process. They can also advise you on any changes to the immigration laws that may impact your application.

Assistance with documentation: An attorney can help you gather the necessary documents for your visa application, including proof of financial means, proof of health insurance, a valid passport, and a criminal record certificate. They can also help you translate and authenticate your documents, if needed.

Application review: A lawyer can review your visa application to ensure that it is complete, accurate and meets all the requirements. They can also assist you with correcting any errors or omissions in the application.

Appeals and challenges: In the event that your visa application is denied, a lawyer can assist you with filing an appeal or challenge with the relevant authorities. They can also represent you in administrative or legal proceedings related to your visa application.

If you are considering starting the Immigration process in Italy and would like to explore your options, our team of experienced immigration lawyers can provide you with the guidance and support you need to navigate the visa application process successfully.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and take the first step towards your dream of living in Italy.

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Our law firm has helped numerous clients successfully immigrate to Italy from anywhere in the world.

What Visa is the best for me?

To assess the complexity of an immigration case to Italy, it is necessary to consider the various procedures in place for EU and non-EU nationals.

Firstly, Italy is a member of the Schengen zone, a borderless zone shared by all of its state members. In truth, the Schengen Area offers unrestricted travel to anyone who is legally present in the European Union. The Schengen Area includes the majority of European countries.

This means that you need a Visa if you are from a non-EU country, like United States, United Kindgom, Canada, Australia and more.

Applicants can choose between a short-term and long-term Italian visa depending on their needs. Short-term visas are for those stays of no more than 3 months within a six-months period, while long-term visas are for those that want to stay more than 6 months.

The short-term stay visa is valid for up to 90 days and is divided into the following categories:

Business – permits foreign citizens to conduct business in Italy (attend meetings, negotiations, and training sessions).
Tourist – granted to foreign nationals visiting Italy for the purpose of tourism and pleasure;
Study – granted to foreign people who want to study in Italy at recognized educational institutions.
Medical Care – granted to foreign nationals visiting Italy for medical care in a public or private clinic;
Mission – granted to foreign nationals visiting Italy for reasons related to their public function;
Religious Reasons – granted to foreign nationals visiting Italy for pilgrimages or religious purposes;
Sports Competitions – granted to foreign nationals visiting Italy to compete in sports.

Uniform Schengen Visas can be issued with a one-year (C1), two-year (C2), three-year (C3), or five-year (C5) validity period.

Foreign citizens with a uniform short-stay Schengen visa may stay in Italy or another Schengen country for a period not exceeding the length of the visa, except in the case of proven inability to leave or in other adequately justified special cases (e.g., business visa extension for negotiations, supplier contacts, and so on). In such circumstances, the local Questura makes the decision on visa extensions.

Long-term Italian visas, as previously established, allow foreigners to stay in Italy for more than 90 days. These Visas can be divided into two categories: work-related and non-work related.


Companies and employees should carefully monitor the correct type of Italian Work Visa in cases of extended work activities in Italy. In fact, depending on the circumstances, you might need to apply for a certain Italian work visa, like the Blue Card or Intra-Company Transfers.

Non-work related

There are a few non-work related long-term visas for italy, being the most popular the following:

This visa, also called as Elective Residence Visa, is the called the national type “D” visa and is 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 main requirement is that they too have enough wealth to support their lifestyle. Normally, proof of sufficient income will be having a passive income of at least 31,000€ yearly. 

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 in Italy, there’s no need to make an investment in the country. You can check more info for this visa here.

It is a residence Visa that’s granted by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development to non-EU citizens. They must invest in strategic assets that will have benefits to the future development of Italy. 

The applicant must invest at least:

  • €250,000 in an Italy-based startup 
  • €500,000 in an Italian company
  • donate €1,000,000 to a Italian philanthropic cause or 
  • invest €2,000,000 in government bonds.
Unlike other countries, Italy’s Golden Visa does not offer the option to invest in Real Estate to get this Visa. This means you cannot get this visa by buying a property in Italy. However, if you are interested in this option and are open to invest in other countries, check here the Golden Visa for Spain and the Golden Visa for Greece, where you will be able to get this visa by buying a property.
You can check more info of this visa here.

The Italian government asks applicants to supply evidence that they can support their lifestyle. Most Consulates ask for a bank certificate. It must show the account bank and must have a date close to when the application was filed. The Elective Visa Income Requirements are:

The applicant will need:

  • Passive income of at least €31,000 annually for the main applicant

  • Six months of bank statements

  • The funds must be held by the name of the main visa applicant

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

The funds don’t need to be in a local bank. However, every person in Italy should have a local bank account when moving to the country.

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 from a provider that servces Italy. This isn’t mandatory but is recommended.

  • Bank certificate showing proof of sufficient funds

  • A motivation letter stating the reasons why you want to move to Italy. This isn’t the case for all Consulates.

  • A clean criminal record

  • A passport

If you are thinking or starting the Immigration Process in Italy and need the help of a lawyer, contact us now for a Free Consultation with our Immigration team of Italian Lawyers that speaks both English and Italian.

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Elective Visa Requirements for Italy with Giancarlo Osteto

“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 –Minimum passive income: € 32.000,00 / year
  • Must have a lease agreement or own Real Estate property in Italy
  • Health Insurance is mandatory and must comply to Italian standards”
Quality Life for You and Your Family

Live La Dolce Vita

Italy is a country that is rich in culture, history, and stunning landscapes. Obtaining a visa provides an opportunity to immerse oneself in the Italian way of life, experience world-renowned cuisine, learn a new language, and explore the rest of Europe without restrictions. 

Additionally, Italy offers affordable living, high-quality healthcare, and education opportunities. Whether you are looking for a new adventure, retirement destination, or business opportunities, Italy has something to offer. So why not take the first step in living la dolce vita by obtaining an elective residence visa in Italy?

Cultural immersion

Experience the rich Italian culture.

Travel flexibility

Explore Europe without visa restrictions.

Beautiful landscapes

Enjoy stunning scenery across the country.

Delicious cuisine

Taste world-renowned Italian food and wine.

Affordable living

Cost of living is lower compared to other European countries.

Healthcare access

Access to high-quality healthcare facilities and services.

Education opportunities

Enroll in Italian universities or language schools.

Retirement destination

Italy is a popular retirement destination.

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.

Italy offers various types of visas, including tourist visas, work visas, study visas, family reunion visas, and more. The type of visa you need depends on your purpose of travel and intended length of stay.

Italy is part of the Schengen Area, which allows travelers to move freely across most European countries. A Schengen visa permits you to visit multiple Schengen countries, including Italy, for a short period.

If you are from a non-european country you will need a visa to enter Italy.

Depends on the type of visa you get. You can get work-related visas to work in the country, as well as non-work related visas where you will not be able to work. 

Yes, in order to maintain the residence permit for Elective Residence you must register your residence before the Ufficio Anagrafe of your city town hall, and you can not leave Italy for more than six months at a time.

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 has a registered lease contract or a registered deed to apply for the visa though. 

If you want to get a Visa with a Real Estate investment, your best country of destination is both Spain or Greece with the Golden Visa. Check here the Golden Visa for Spain and the Golden Visa for Greece, where you will be able to get this visa by buying a property.

Altough a lawyer it is not mandatory to get your visa to Italy, it is more than recommended to avoid making mistakes and having someone that can help you through all the journey of immigration to Italy.

If you have more questions that couldn’t be answered with the content provided, or need help with the process of immigrating in Italy, we are happy to help you! Just contact us by submitting the form and we will contact you with an answer. 

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