Italy is part of the EU so people with citizenship of countries in the European Economic Area (EEA) can move, live and work freely in Italy.
Here are some of the ways to live in Italy if you are a citizen of a non-EEA country:
The Italian government introduced a Residency by Investment programme in January 2017. You can get residency for a period of two years by making one of the following investments. You can renew for a further 3 years as long as you maintain the investment.
- A minimum of EUR 2 million in Italian government bonds
- A minimum of EUR 2 million in Italian corporation bonds or shares (reduced to EUR 500,000 for investment in innovation start-ups)
- A minimum of EUR 1 million in ‘projects of public interest’ (culture, education, immigration management, research and development, arts and heritage)
The Italia Startup Visa is for new startups or young companies whose business model is innovative. You need to invest at least €50.000 and need to be approved by a specific committee.
Work or business related visas
- If you have a recognized university degree or professional experience as well as a work contract or binding job offer, you may be eligible for an "EU Blue Card". The Blue Card is a four-year temporary work and residence permit. This also gives you free movement within the Schengen area and enables your family to join you. If you do not have a work contract or job offer, you can register on the EU Blue Card Network, where European employers can view your details and connect with you around job opportunities. This is also where you apply for the EU Blue Card.
- If you are not eligible under the EU Blue Card then you need to have a job offer first and your future employer needs to apply on your behalf. The Italian work permit scheme is administered regionally, so implementation differs depending on the location of your job within Italy.
Through your family
- If your partner/ spouse is a citizen or permanent resident of Italy, you are probably eligible for residency. Please note that your status of spouse needs to be legally recognised in this country.
- See the citizenship section below for information on residency or citizenship based on descent.
Working Holiday Visa
- If you are a citizen of New Zealand, Australia, South Korea or Canada between the ages of 18-30 (or 18-35 for Canada), you may be eligible under the Working Holiday Maker programme.