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).
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:
Self-employment categories including (but not limited to):
Foreign nationals appointed as officers (Chairman, C. E. O., Member the of the board of directors, Auditor) of Italian companies (Srl, Spa) in activity since at least 3 years can apply for a self-employment visa. The foreign national will have to provide evidence of being appointed as an officer and of receiving a compensation from the Italian company. Also, it is important that the Italian company can prove to have financial stability and turn over.
The “start-up visa” is aimed to non-EU nationals intending to set up an innovative start-up business or to join an already established startup company.
Read more → Italy Start-up Visa
This visa can be applied for by individuals who are freelance and do not have a company which wants to hire them or sponsors 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 a 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.
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.
Giuditta Petreni has over 10 years of experience in assisting companies and business investors with relocation of managers and staff to Italy. Giuditta has extensive experience advising corporate and private clients on a full range of Italian immigration categories. She is fluent in Italian and English.
Mazzeschi S.r.l. | Operazione/Progetto finanziato nel quadro del POR FESR Toscana 2014-2020
Il progetto ITACA (ITaly Attract ChinA) è un investimento nei paesi/mercati a lingua cinese, in particolare Taiwan con l’obiettivo di accrescere le quote di mercato dell'azienda. Tramite ITACA la Mazzeschi Srl ha aperto un ufficio a Taiwan con assunzione di personale di lingua cinese, creato un sito internet in lingua cinese e partecipato a fiere e varie attività di promozione a Taiwan.
Mazzeschi S.r.l. | Project co-financed under Tuscany POR FESR 2014-2020
The ITACA project (ITaly Attract ChinA) is a fund to invest in Chinese-speaking countries/markets, in particular Taiwan with the aim of increasing the company's market shares. With the help of ITACA project, Mazzeschi Srl has opened an office in Taiwan and has hired a Chinese-speaking staff, created a Chinese website and participated in fairs and various promotional activities in Taiwan.