It is now possible for non-Italians to obtain a work visa in Italy during these uncertain times, but you’ll have to move fast.
On October 12, the Italian government announced that foreigners will be able to apply for a visa to enter the country for the purposes of setting up a business and that students already in Italy can apply to convert their visa to a work one.
Each year, Italy’s government declares how many immigrants are allowed to enter the country, either to work as an employee or as a self-employed professional. The quota comes out once a year and the process of putting together all of the documents takes time.
If you are already here in Italy as a student and you plan to convert your student visa to a self-employment visa or you have a company that is willing to hire you, or if you are still in your home country and you want to move in Italy to set up your business (taking advantage of the superb tax incentives that the government has enforced for NewCo and self-employed professionals), you are encouraged to move quickly as soon as the annual quotas are announced because the spots are limited.
The quotas are usually announced at the beginning of the year, but under the current Covid-19 circumstances the Italian government had postponed until now the decree that authorizes the entry of foreign workers into the country.
The application procedure is not straightforward and requires the gathering of several documents related to the business you wish to start in Italy, showing your financial resources, business plan, and, in the case of employment, specific information regarding the contract and the good standing of the prospective employers. Additionally, applications to convert student visas and specific forms of employment permits to stay will be processed online, using the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
For self-employed professionals who are still abroad and plan to enter Italy for the first time, the application will be handled directly by the Italian Consulate of the place where the applicant resides. In this case, a legal proxy in Italy is critically important to help with the collection of the necessary documents.
Only 370 spots are available to convert student permits to stay in the whole of Italy and only 500 quotas are available for self-employed workers still living abroad.
With the proper legal support you will have a much higher chance of succeeding and entering Italy within a very limited time. If you have any questions or want a personalized analysis of your case, contact The Florentine’s legal columnist Michele Capecchi at firstname.lastname@example.org.