Get a Non Lucrative Visa in Italy

Our lawyers can help with the Non Lucrative visa process in Italy, also called Elective Residence Visa.

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Non lucrative Visa (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”

What is the Non Lucrative Visa?

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.

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.

The applicant can apply for this visa from their home country as well as from within Italy. The application must be submitted to the Consulate or Embassy.

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.

In our experience, most Consulates require the funds to be deposited into an Italian bank account, and at Lexidy, we can assist you with opening a personal bank account in Italy.

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. It’s not mandatory to purchase private health insurance when moving to the country but it’s highly recommended.

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 records, criminal record background checks and proof of accommodation, among others. All these documents must be translated into Italian and formally legalized. The translation must be performed by a sworn translator

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 can be renewed for one further year.

Shortly after arriving in Italy, you must declare your presence in Italy to the “Questura”, which is a local police station, and request the “Permesso di Soggiorno”. Applying for the “Permesso di Soggiorno” allows foreigners to live in the country for more than 90 days.

You then need to request permanent residence with the Italian town hall called “Ufficio Anagrafe”. After this, you receive a physical document for the “Permesso di Soggiorno”.

The Italian Golden Visa holder 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 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

The timeline differs depending 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
  • If approved, download and file the “Nulla Osta”: one day
  • 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” with the Italian Town Hall, or “Ufficio Anagrafe”: One day
  • Issued with a physical “Permesso di Soggiorno” card.

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

A lawyer can be a valuable resource when it comes to obtaining a Non Lucrative visa for Italy. A Non-lucrative Visa visa is a type of visa that allows individuals who are not Italian citizens to reside in Italy for a period of up to one year, for purposes such as tourism, study, research or business.

Here are some ways in which a lawyer can assist you with obtaining an elective visa in Italy:

Legal advice: A lawyer can provide you with legal advice on the eligibility criteria for an elective 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: A lawyer 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 applying for an elective visa 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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Live La Dolce Vita

Italy is a country that is rich in culture, history, and stunning landscapes. Obtaining an elective residence 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.

No, the Elective Residence Visa does not allow the applicant to work in Italy. Although, once the applicant is in possession of his “permesso di soggiorno”, he can convert it to a subordinate work permit, whether the requirements for the last ones subsist.

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.

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