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Best Strategies For Getting Your Residency In Italy

Italy is located in Southern Europe and is a peninsula extending into the central Mediterranean Sea, northeast of Tunisia. Comparatively speaking, it is almost twice the size of Georgia and slightly larger than Arizona.

Italy borders Austria, France, San Marino, Slovenia and Switzerland. Inside the capital of Rome, you will find the Vatican City.

You will find mostly rugged and mountainous terrain, with the highest point being Mont Blanc and the lowest being the Mediterranean Sea.

Italy has a population of 61 million people, with the official language being Italian.

Rome is the capital of Italy and there you can visit The Coliseum, The Roman Forum, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona.

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Coliseum in Rome

The Coliseum, Rome, Italy

While you are there, you also must visit Vatican City, just to say you’ve visited a new country. In the Vatican City are Saint Peter’s Square, Saint Peter’s Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel.

Other cities that are a must-visit are Florence, the art city; Venice, the romantic city; Cinque Terre and so much more.

Here are the best strategies for getting both temporary and permanent residency in Italy.



Where temporary residency visas are available for renewal, they must be renewed at least sixty days before expiration. The following are the types of temporary residency visas offered by the Italian government:

  • Seasonal Labourer
  • Worker
  • Skilled worker
  • ICT intra-corporate transferee
  • International service provider
  • Self-employed
  • Family
  • Researcher
  • Student
  • Trainee
  • Volunteer
  • Investment

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Map of Italy

Map of Italy


If you are not a member of the European Union and wish to work seasonally in Italy, then you have to acquire both work authorization and a seasonal employment visa prior to going to Italy. Only a limited number of these visas are issued yearly, so it is best to apply early.

The authorization to work paperwork is generally filed by your prospective Italian employer on your behalf. Should that be approved (there is a maximum number of allowed seasonal workers, so if the quota is already filled your authorization to work will be rejected) then they will send word to your local Italian consulate and you will be able to get your seasonal work visa there. You will also need to apply for a residency permit once you are in Italy.    

You can read this article where we look at all of the immigration schemes worldwide, it’s called: The Basics Of How To Get A Second Passport Or A Second Residency



This visa is for individuals with full-time employment and requires your employer to file the paperwork for work authorization before you apply for the visa. Once you arrive in Italy, you must apply for a residence permit. This visa is valid for either a period of one or two years and can be extended so long as you continue to have employment.



The advantage to the skilled worker visa is that it falls outside the quota system that limits how many workers may come to Italy to work in a given calendar year. A skilled worker must have a university degree, earn a salary of at least €25,000 a year, and have an employment contract for a period of at least one year. After entering Italy, you must apply for a residence permit, and any change in employer must be authorized by the Territorial Directorate for labour. Your temporary residence permit will be valid for up to two years, depending on the duration of your labour contract.


The Accademia is a museum and art gallery specializing in pre-19th art in Venice, Italy, situated on the south bank of the Grand Canal

Grand Canal in Venice, Italy


For managers, specialists, or trainees only that are transferred from a branch of a corporation overseas to an Italian branch, there is a special ICT visa. You must have worked for the company in question for at least three months to qualify for this visa, and your employer must furnish documentation to the Prefecture that demonstrates this. Once you enter Italy, you must inform the local Prefecture of your presence in order to receive your residence permit.

An ICT visa can be issued for up to one year and can be extended to a maximum of three years for managers and specialists. Trainees cannot have their visas extended.



Self-employed workers and freelancers can also apply for temporary residency in Italy. The first step is applying for authorization for self-employed work. In order to qualify for this authorization, you will have to demonstrate financial means, and meet any legal requirements with regards to licensure or entry into professional registers. Then, if that is approved, you can apply for a self-employed worker visa in order to enter Italy. Once you have arrived in Italy, you must register with the police to get your residency permit.

A self-employed worker's visa can be granted for up to two years and renewed after that.



For a modest investment of only €250,000 in a startup company that is operating in an innovative field, a charitable donation of €1,000,000 to a nonprofit organization, an investment of €500,000 in shares of an Italian company, or the purchase of €2,000,000 in Italian government bonds one can secure an investment visa. The applicant must be in good health, and without a criminal record.

In order to apply for the investment visa, you must complete an application online with all accompanying documentation. The requirements are:

  • Photocopy of key pages of your passport
  • A resume showing your education and employment history
  • Proof that you can carry out your investment
  • A letter from the organization you intend to invest in, accepting your money

Once you are approved, you can enter Italy, acquire your residency permit, and make your investment or donation in full within three months. Your residence permit will be valid for two years but can be extended for another three, after which you will be able to apply for permanent residency.


The Amalfi Coast is a 50 km stretch of the southern coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula

The Amalfi Coast, Italy


After five years of living in Italy on temporary residency permits, individuals have the right to apply for permanent residency. This right also extends to the spouse, parent, or children of the applicant as well. Permanent residency is not available to those who entered Italy for humanitarian reasons.

In order to apply for permanent residency in Italy, you will need to demonstrate:

  • Proof of five years of Italian residency
  • Proof of a legal address in Italy
  • Demonstration of economic means
  • A clean criminal record check

You will need to reside in Italy at least 183 days out of the year to maintain your permanent residency.



There are numerous benefits to being an Italian permanent resident. You are granted virtually all of the rights of an Italian citizen, you will have the right to freely travel throughout the EU, and have the ability to work and/or start a business in Italy.



Italian permanent residency is a pathway to citizenship. After five years of permanent residency, with no more than 10 months total spent abroad, you can apply for citizenship.  The requirements are:

  • A minimum income of €8,264, or €11,362 if you have a spouse, and an additional income of €516 for every child you have under 18.
  • You must also demonstrate competency in the Italian language.
  • You must demonstrate a clean criminal record during your time in Italy.


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Mikkel Thorup

Written by Mikkel Thorup

Mikkel Thorup is the world’s most sought-after expat consultant. He focuses on helping high-net-worth private clients to legally mitigate tax liabilities, obtain a second residency and citizenship, and assemble a portfolio of foreign investments including international real estate, timber plantations, agricultural land and other hard-money tangible assets. Mikkel is the Founder and CEO at Expat Money™, a private consulting firm started in 2017. He hosts the popular weekly podcast, the Expat Money Show, and wrote the definitive #1-Best Selling book Expat Secrets - How To Pay Zero Taxes, Live Overseas And Make Giant Piles Of Money.

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