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 , provided no payment is received from an Italian entity
  • Learning or verifying the functioning of capital goods 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 qualifies 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

The main non-quota work permits in Italy are the National Intracompany Transfer (ICT) Work Permit, the EU ICT Work Permit, the Service Agreement Assignment Work Permit, and the EU Blue Card.

Maximum Period Stay

The maximum period of stay is 1-5 years, depending on the permit type and category of worker.  The EU Blue Card may be renewed indefinitely on the basis of a valid work contract.