Italy — Investor Visa

Recent years have seen a growing trend in Europe in schemes to attract investment by granting residence rights.

Golden Visas in the EU

According to a 2019 report prepared by the EU Commission these schemes exist to date in 20 MEMBER STATES.

Five types of investment options can be observed:

(i) capital investment; (ii) investment in immovable property; (iii) investment in Government bonds; (iv) donation or endowment of an activity contributing to the…

Agile thinking

Useful tips from W. Churchill, G. Orwell, Amazon and ……

𝙆𝙚𝙚𝙥 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙖𝙙𝙫𝙞𝙘𝙚 𝙎𝙝𝙤𝙧𝙩, 𝙎𝙞𝙢𝙥𝙡𝙚, 𝙎𝙪𝙗𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙎𝙥𝙚𝙚𝙙

A research conducted in 2017 by LexisNexis UK evidenced a significant disconnect between law firms and their clients. The research found three main concerns expressed by clients:

(i) Clients expect solutions and 𝗮𝗱𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 “𝗴𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗲𝗻𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵”, 𝗱𝗲𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝗮 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗲𝗻𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺 𝘁𝗼 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗱𝗲𝗰𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗾𝘂𝗶𝗰𝗸𝗹𝘆…


Pensioners moving to Italy can obtain a Retirement Visa and several benefits including a 7% flat tax regime

Italy offers a good visa options and multiple benefits to non EU citizens who are retiring and are willing to move to Italy. The applicants will be required to show to have a sufficient income to support themselves without the need to work.

How can I obtain the Italian Retirement Visa?

To request the Italian Retirement Visa (officially…


What is the procedure for an intra-company assignment?


  • Highly skilled workers only
  • € 30,000 minimum salary (per our experience, not indicated specifically by the law)
  • assigned to work at an Italian affiliate/subsidiary of the sending company (employer of the assigned worker)
  • 6 months experience in the same work position or 3 months seniority with the sending company

There are 2 types of intra-company permits


A Swedish couple in search of the 𝕚𝕤𝕝𝕖 𝕠𝕗 ℂ𝕒𝕡𝕣𝕚 drove to 𝗖𝗔𝗥𝗣𝗜 an industrial town in northern Italy, because they misspelt the name in their car’s GPS

In 2009 a Swedish couple started their honeymoon with an adventure. They mispelled the name Carpi (instead of CAPRI) on their GPS and the system sent them 650km (400 miles) off course to Carpi, an industrial town in the north. …

Italy-Residency by investment

Italy’s residency by investment scheme is gaining popularity amongst international investors

What are the benefits?

  1. NO MINIMUM TIME: The investor visa does not require, for its renewal, that the holder spends a minimum amount of time in Italy. Indeed, holding an investor visa does not imply by itself the acquisition of Italian tax residence. …


A limited liability company or SRL (Società a Responsabilità Limitata) is the most popular business structure in Italy

What is an SRL?

It is a Limited Liability Entity which benefits from a complete limitation of liability of the quota holders for company obligations. It is a “smaller-scale” company where the owners are usually a few individuals or entities (i.e. …


Living in Italy for a certain number of years can make you eligible for citizenship

How many years of residency do I need?

Applications for the naturalization can be filed after 𝟭𝟬 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗹𝗲𝗴𝗮𝗹 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 in Italy, which can be reduced to:

  • 3 years: for those who were born in Italy or who have parents or grandparents that were Italian citizens;
    Example. Ettore’s grandfather was an Italian citizen. Ettore has now been…

Italy — immigration

Work permit issuance is expedited if the company has signed a MoU with the Ministry of Interior

Which workers can benefit of this procedure?

The fast-track process is available for the following categories of applications (the Italian company must sign a Protocol Agreement for each category in order to be able to file applications under the fast track process):

· Managers or highly qualified personnel seconded to Italy (intra company assignment). Allows foreign employees…

Marco Mazzeschi

Marco Mazzeschi, is an attorney at law admitted in Milan and Taipei, Adjunct Professor at the Chinese Culture University —

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