July 4, 2020 – What is a PEC email address

PEC email address refers to a certified email address. It is a system peculiar to Italy, and since 2005, it is an e-mail system that can be issued only by authorized operators, which is defined by the law (Presidential Decree No. 26 /2005). By law, sending emails and documents through PEC has the same validity as sending them with registered mail, and since it is legally valid, it is used when you want (need) to prove that you actually sent the mail. It should be noted that all companies established in Italy are legally required to have a PEC email address, which is registered in the company register (Visura camerale), and this information is open to the public. In addition, certain procedures must be performed through PEC, and the administration may notify you to your PEC address directly, and the service may be delivered in judicial matters, which is very important for businesses.

July 3 , 2020 – How to purchase an Italian castle

Have you ever dreamed to own a palace and dine in a dining room with a huge fireplace and trophies on the wall? Your dream could become affordable because there are plenty of historical buildings on sale in Italy. Some properties are privately owned and have been owned for centuries by the same family. In recent years, however, due to the increasing costs of maintenance, cuts in government subsidies to maintain historical properties and an increase in property taxes, many of these properties were put on the market. Furthermore, many historical and valued buildings are also owned by the State, see https://www.agenziademanio.it/opencms/it/ and http://www.patrimoniopubblicoitalia.it/en-gb
The State has started a program to sell it or lease it. Many of the assets (which include palaces, villas and hotels) need to be redeveloped but several are in city centers and attractive locations and prices can be lower than market prices.

July 2, 2020 -Can I obtain Italian passport through investment

Italy does not have a citizenship by investment program. The Investor visa for Italy program grants a 2 years visa and residence permit to applicants who make significant investments in Italy. However, Italian citizenship can be applied for only after 10 years of legal and uninterrupted residency in the country.


The Italian Government has lifted travel restrictions as from 1 July for residents of the following countries: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity).
Travellers from the listed 14 countries no longer need to have “work, urgent or health reasons” for entering the country but will continue to be required to self-isolate for 14 days, under the supervision of the competent health authorities, at their home or other address of their choice or at a facility designated by the regional Civil Protection authority.
Travellers from all other countries willneed to have “work, urgent or health reasons” for being allowed entry but “entry for STUDY” has been added. They will also continue to be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
For countries where travel restrictions continue to apply, the following categories of people should be exempted from the restrictions:
• EU citizens and their family members
• long-term EU residents and their family members
• travellers with an essential function or need, as listed in the Recommendation.

June 30, 2020 – What is a “VISURA CAMERALE” (Company Certificate)

The Companies Archive (Registro delle Imprese) is part of an extensive information system contaning all the main information relating to companies (name, bylaws, management, headquarters, etc.) and
all the subsequent events that have occurred to them after registration (for example changes to the bylaws and to company officers, changes in registered address, liquidation, insolvency proceedings, etc.). It is possible for third parties to make a search within the Archive database and obtain the so called “Visura Camerale” that contains details to confirm the existence and
status of a company and all other information. The visura is available both in Italian and English language.

June 29, 2020 – What is Apostille? Which office can do it in Italy?

WHAT: The “Apostille” is a stamp that proves that a document obtained in a country is true and and therefore must be recognized and accepted in another country which has executed the Convention
WHY: The Hague Apostille Convention of 196 a treaty signed by more than 100 countries abolishing the requirement of legalization for foreign public documents
WHERE: Apostille in Italy is done by two different offices:
(a) Public Prosecutor Office (Procura della Repubblica): for judicial and notarial documents (atti firmati da notai, personale giudiziario, direttori carceri, ufficiali giudiziari, P.R.A.);
(b) Prefecture (Prefettura): for all other administrative documents (atti firmati da consoli, Camera di Commercio, ufficiali dello stato civile)

June 28, 2020 – Steps to obtain Work permit + Visa + Permit of stay

Even though there may be slight variations from one category to the other, the basic procedure for obtaining a work permit in Italy is the following:
1. Work permit (Nulla Osta) Online application, filed by the Italian employer/host company or by the worker (if self-employed)
2. Visa (Visto) application, filed by the worker at the Italian Consulate which has jurisdiction over his place of residence.
3. The visa cannot be applied for in ITALY! You cannot change your Schengen C Visa (tourist/business) into a Schengen D Visa
4. Entry into Italy. Within 8 days the worker must register at the local Immigration Office (Sportello Unico per l’Immigrazione) and file the application for the residence permit (permesso di soggiorno).

June 27, 2020 – Start a business and obtain work permit and residence permit

Registering a company in Italy does not automatically lead to a work permit/visa/residence permit. Current immigration provisions grant a work visa as director or owner of a company (self-employment) only if such company has been in business for at least 3 years.However, with few exceptions, Italy allows foreigners to register a new ordinary company entirely owned by foreign individuals or companies. Generally speaking, if the company is adequately funded (i.e. it can provie to have sufficient funds to start operations, pay worker’s salarary, taxes and social charges), it can immediately apply to employ non-EU workers through the EU Blue card procedure (reserved to highly qualified workers).

June 26, 2020 – Self-employment visa for freelancers

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.

June 25, 2020 – Can a foreigner open a bank account?

Foreign citizens resident in Italy can open an ordinary bank account. Also, non-residents can open a bank account for “non-residents”. A valid Tax ID number (Codice Fiscale) and identity document is required to open a current account. Some banks also require presentation of a residency certificate—although not a legal requirement. It is increasingly difficult for foreigners to open a non-resident account and the applicant will need to prove that funds to be transferred are their own funds, to be introduced by an existing customer and confirm not to be politically exposed and not subject to any criminal proceedings.

June 24, 2020 – Italian citizenship and residency rights to same-sex partners

Non-EU nationals who have entered into a legally registered civil partnership with an Italian national can also apply for Italian Citizenship. An application can be made 2 years after the marriage if residing in Italy or 3 years after if residing abroad. The law also requires knowledge of Italian to at least B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). Those who have a long-term EU residence permit, those who comply with the Integration Agreement provisions or those who have a qualification from an Italian state school or state-recognized private school, are exempt from this requirement.

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