How to Get a Business Visa for Italy

Italy Business Visa

Italy Business Visa

Going to Italy on business?  Citizens of some countries need to get a Business Visa for Italy

Go to my Italy visa page for information on other types of visas for Italy.

I’ll break everything down for you below about how to go about getting the Italy Business Visa.

Visa required for U.S. citizens:  No visa needed for stays up to 90 days (tourist or business purposes)

  • U.S. citizens staying in Italy for more than three months are considered residents and must obtain a permesso di soggiorno (permit of stay).  An application “kit” for the permesso di soggiorno can be requested from one of 14,000 national post offices (Poste Italiane). The kit must then be returned to one of 5,332 designated Post Office acceptance locations.
  • It is important to keep a copy of the receipt issued by the post office.
  • Within 20 days of receiving the permit to stay in Italy, U.S. citizens must go to the local Vital Statistics Bureau (Anagrafe of the Comune) to apply for residency. It generally takes one to two months to receive the certificate of residence (Certificato di Residenza).

Visa required for non-U.S. citizens: If you are not a U.S. citizen, check this page here to see if you need a visa.

Find your closest consulate
  • If you’re inside the U.S, the contact information for all the consulates is here.
  • If you’re outside of the U.S., you can find your closest consulate here.
  • This site here at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also has an embassy and consulate finder.
Gather documentation

The best list of required documents if you are applying within the U.S. is here at the Embassy of Italy in Washington D.C. website, but as mentioned in Step 1, you will need to go to your consulate or embassy’s website and follow the relevant links.

This link here is a useful visa finder provided by the Italy Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Citizens of any country can select what kind of visa they need.

Visa fee
  • Contact your consulate for the latest fee.
  • The official list can be found here.
Submit materials

Submit your required materials from Step 2 and the visa/handling fee from Step 3 to the consulate or embassy you found in Step 1.

Receive your visa

Congratulations!  You now have an Italy visa!

Vaccination information

Don’t get sick!  Check vaccination requirements here.

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