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The Ultimate Guide to the Italian Investor Visa: Your Path to Citizenship

The road to the Italian citizenship


Welcome to your comprehensive guide on the Italian Investor Visa, a unique opportunity for non-EU citizens to embark on the journey towards Italian citizenship through investment. Here, we break down eligibility, application steps, benefits, and more, ensuring you have all the information you need in one place.

What is the Italian Investor Visa?

Introduced as a pathway for foreign nationals to contribute to Italy's economy, the Italian Investor Visa is a two-year, renewable visa. It’s designed for those looking to invest in Italy's future, with options ranging from government bonds to startups. This visa serves as the first step towards long-term residency and potentially Italian citizenship.

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for this visa, applicants must:

  • Be a non-EU citizen.

  • Invest in one of the following categories:

    • €2,000,000 in Italian government bonds.

    • €1,000,000 in a philanthropic donation to culture, education, immigration management, scientific research, or heritage preservation.

    • €500,000 in an Italian company.

    • €250,000 in an Italian innovative startup.

  • Hold the investment for the visa's duration.

  • Have a clean criminal record and legally acquired, transferable financial assets.

How to apply for the Italian Investor Visa

The application process involves:

  1. Online Application: Submitting a request for a Nulla Osta (certificate of no impediment).

  2. Visa Application: Applying at the Italian Embassy or Consulate in your home country.

Following visa approval, you’ll travel to Italy to apply for a Residence Permit, which is pivotal for legally residing in Italy.

After arrival: Securing your future in Italy

Upon entering Italy, you must:

  • Visit the local Questura (Police Headquarters) within three months to finalize your investment and apply for a Residence Permit.

  • Maintain your investment to renew your visa and Residence Permit.

Benefits of the Italian Investor Visa 

  • Residence Permit Validity: Two years, renewable for three more.

  • Schengen Zone Travel: Visa-free travel within the Schengen Area.

  • Path to Citizenship: Eligibility for Italian citizenship by naturalisation after ten years.

No requirement for continuous residence

Interestingly, maintaining your Investor Visa and Residence Permit doesn’t necessitate permanent residence in Italy, offering flexibility for global investors.

Your pathway to Italian citizenship

The Italian Investor Visa not only opens the door to Italy but also to the broader European Union, through potential citizenship. It offers a blend of investment opportunities and the cultural richness of Italy, without the requirement of continuous residency.


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