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Investor Visa in Italy

Updated on Tuesday 23rd May 2017

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Investor-visa-in-ItalyForeign citizens moving to Italy to start a business, now have the possibility to apply for a visa dedicated to them. Below, we will explain the requirements related to applying for the investor visa in Italy, and also the advantages that come with it. Furthermore, our company incorporation consultants in Italy can guide you through the company registration procedure.

The investor visa requirements in Italy

As mentioned above, the Italian government has recently introduced a specific discipline within its Immigration Law, the so-called “Investor Visa”. The recently enabled investor visa allows foreign citizens to enter and live in Italy, based on several entry quotas which are updated on an annual basis by the government, to foreigners who wish to:

  • -          invest at least € 2 million in securities issued by the Italian government, to be held for at least 2 years;
  • -          invest at least € 1 million in equity instruments of a company incorporated and operating in Italy, to be held for at least 2 years;
  • -         invest at least € 500.000 into an existing Italian innovative start-up company; make a philanthropic donation of at least € 1 million to support a public interest project, in the fields of immigration management, education, culture, recovery of cultural and landscape assets, scientific research.

Our company registration consultants in Italy can offer more information on the Investor Visa program.

 Italy’s resident non-domiciled package

The Italian government has recently implemented a tax package and fast-track VISA procedure to attract wealthy individuals that intend to relocate to Italy.

This package includes a € 100,000 flat tax on all foreign income for individuals who become Italian residents after at least a 9-year period of residence outside of Italy. This flat tax is paid on an annual basis for a maximum of 15 years. The tax package is integrated by a fast-track visa procedure for investors and their relatives.

According to the Res Non-Dom Regime, eligible taxpayers can choose which country or countries income to tax with the substitutive flat tax (the so-called “cherry picking” principle). Any income sourced in the “non-chosen countries” (if any) is excluded from the Res Non-Dom Regime (as well as the Italian sourced income) and, therefore, is subject to ordinary Italian taxation and will benefit from tax credit on taxes paid abroad (under ordinary limitations) and from relevant tax treaty protection (if any).

For full information on how benefit from the investor visa package, please contact our Italian company formation agents. You can also rely on us if you want to open a company in Italy.

 

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