The below provides a high level summary of immigration requirements for Italy. Whether a traveler may enter as a business visitor or requires a work permit depends on the traveler's nationality, duration of stay and activities in the country.

Allowable Activities

  • Attending business meeting and discussions
  • Attending or presenting at seminars or conferences 
  • Learning or verifying the functioning of capital goods (i.e. durable goods used for the production of goods or services such as buildings, machinery, equipment, vehicles and tools) purchased or sold under commercial or industrial cooperation agreements with the Italian company

Basic Requirements

To be considered a business visitor, the foreign national must show:

  • That he/she qualiifies as a business visitor. Literally, the requirement is to prove one’s position as an economic-commercial operator which can be done via documents issued in home country, such as an operating license, company registration certificate, etc
  • Evidence of the purpose of the trip, such as an invitation letter from an entity in Italy
  • Adequate means of economic support

Maximum Period Stay

The maximum allowable stay in Schengen countries as a business visitor is 90 days cumulatively for all member countries within any 180-day period. A short-stay calculator is available for calculating the period of allowed stay:

Work Permit Types

One of the main work permit categories in Italy is the Non-Quota Work Permit for Intra-Company Transferees. Highly skilled applicants with a job offer from a local Italian company may qualify for the Blue Card. 

Maximum Period Stay

The maximum period of stay is five years.