Self-employment visa for freelancers

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Self-employment visa for freelancers

This visa can be applied for by individuals who are freelance and do not have a company that wants to hire them or sponsor their work permit. The issuance of the visa is subject to Italy’s quota system, fixed annually and not all self-employment categories are available each year. According to our experience, it is extremely difficult, despite the availability of quotas, to obtain the issuance of a self-employment work visa. Most Consulates have a very restrictive policy and are very cautious before issuing a visa to an applicant who cannot guarantee to have stable occupation and substantial remuneration in the country. Despite obtaining the necessary clearances in Italy, we see that many applications are rejected by Consulates on various grounds.

Who is Eligible for Self-employment visa?

The type and number of self-employment (Lavoro Autonomo) authorizations available to non-EU nationals are set by means of the quota decree (decreto-flussi). Not all self-employment categories are available each year.

General eligibility requirements are:

  1. .have suitable accommodation in Italy;
  2. .have financial resources exceeding the minimum level set by the law for the exemption from healthcare contribution (8.500 Euro);
  3. .obtain a Police Clearance (Nulla Osta) in Italy;
  4. .have certificates, documents, attestations as required for the type of self-employment activity to be performed (applicants must meet the legal requirements for the performance of the activity in question, including, when required, the prerequisites for entering into professional registers)

Self-employment visa Application Procedure

Even though there may be slight variations from one category to the other, the basic procedure for obtaining a work permit is the following:

  1. Work permit (Nulla Osta) Online application, filed by the Italian employer/host company;
  2. Work Visa (Visto) application, filed by the worker at the Italian Consulate which has jurisdiction over his place of residence.
  3. Entry into Italy, within 8 days the worker must go to the local Immigration Office (Sportello Unico per l’Immigrazione), sign the contract of stay (contratto di soggiorno) and/or file the application for the residence permit (permesso di soggiorno).
  4. Obtain the EU Blue Card Residence permit (Permesso di soggiorno Carta Blu UE). The Police issues an EU Blue Card residence permit (Permesso di soggiorno Carta Blu UE) valid for 2 years for open-end work contracts or for the validity of the contract plus 3 months, in case of a fixed term job contract.

Our Services for Self-employment visa

We can assist clients with every step of the process, from the Police Clearance (Nulla Osta) until the collection of the residence permit. Contact us for a free quote, we would be delighted to help you reach your targets and goals.

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