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The “start-up visa” is aimed to non-EU nationals intending to set up an innovative start-up business (companies must meet the conditions set forth by law 221/2012) or to join an already established startup Company.

The Italia start-up visa program is aimed to entrepreneurs intending to relocate to Italy to set up an innovative start-up business (companies must meet the conditions set forth by law 221/2012) or to join an already established startup company (see below).

The applicant must prove the availability of at least € 50,000 to be used for the sole purpose of establishing and operating the start-up and submit a detailed business plan for an “innovative” project with a strong character of technological innovation.

The program guarantees a streamlined application procedure, with an online clearance application and the issuance of a visa and residence permit under the fast-track procedure. The start-up visa (visto lavoro autonomo start up) can also be obtained by those intending to join an existing start-up (in this case, must make sure that:

  1. the investment is for at least 100.000;
  2. they will cover one of the following positions: chairman / CEO / member of the board of directors / auditor;
  3. they will also work as self-employees for the company (i.e. as independent consultant etc.).

The law gives the possibility to file the start-up visa applications through a certified incubator i.e. an Italian company having specific features and that can host start-ups and help them by providing technical, legal and management support, as well as equipment and space where the start-ups can develop their business. Startup visas are subject to availability of immigration quotas issued yearly by the Government.

 

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