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Italy does not specifically apply a digital nomad program, through which foreigners can obtain a visa for this particular purpose. From the beginning, we mention that immigration In Italy is bound by the issuance of a visa only for persons who are citizens of countries outside the European Union (EU).
However, Italy offers various types of visas and residence permits for individuals who want to live and work in the country, which could be suitable for digital nomads depending on their circumstances. These include:
Work Visa: If you have a job offer from an Italian employer, you can apply for a work visa. This might not be suitable for freelancers or those with remote work arrangements unless they have a formal employment contract with an Italian company.
Freelance Visa (Self-Employment): Italy offers visas for self-employed individuals. If you can demonstrate that you have a viable business or freelance income and meet the other requirements, you might be able to obtain a visa for self-employment purposes.
Student Visa: If you plan to study in Italy, you can apply for a student visa, which may allow you to work a limited number of hours per week.
Investor Visa: If you plan to make a significant investment in Italy, you might be eligible for an investor visa.
Elective Residence Visa: This visa is for individuals who can prove they have the financial means to support themselves in Italy without needing to work. It's an option for retirees or those with passive income sources.
Start-Up Visa: Italy has a Start-Up Visa program for entrepreneurs who want to establish innovative start-up businesses in the country. This might not be directly applicable to digital nomads but could be of interest to those with start-up ambitions.
Since immigration policies can change over time, I recommend checking the official website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs or contacting the nearest Italian embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date information on visa and residence permit options in Italy, including any new programs that may have been introduced specifically for digital nomads.
WHY APPLY FOR A SELF-EMPLOYED VISA IN ITALY AS A DIGITAL NOMAD?
The self-employed visa can have numerous advantages – one can immigrate to Italyfor a longer period of time compared to other visas, and there are also very generous tax advantages. There were recent modifications of the law, in the context of the pandemic, and the advantages created under this visa were not specifically made for digital nomads, but for remote workers, but digital nomads are a category of remote workers and they can benefit from the advantages of this visa in certain situation.
The self-employed visa can be used as an Italian digital nomad visa in the situation in which a foreigner decides to move his or her tax residency in this country for the period for which the visa is granted or for a longer period (even permanently) if the foreigner decides to stay here for more time. The following apply:
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I'm Natalia Bertelli, an English/Spanish to Italian legal translator. Since 2008 I have been working on contracts, judicial deeds, certificates, corporate translations for foreign clients who want to do business in Italy, get a dual citizenship or simply settle in my beautiful country.