Representative office VISA

Italy Representative office VISA: what you need to know

There are common misconceptions about the business VISA options in Italy; many people think that you need to invest large sums of money to secure a VISA to Italy. In Italy there is an often overlooked VISA that allows you to enter Italy without investing large sums of money, and this falls outside of the quota system.
This VISA is called the Representative office VISA, allowing the managing director of the foreign company to enter Italy to oversee the Italian Representative office operations.

Let’s find out how the Representative office VISA in Italy works.

How to set up your Representative office in Italy

The first thing you have to do is to set up the representative office in Italy and register it at the local Chamber of Commerce. In order to register your office you need to obtain the following documents:

  • Foreign company certificate of registration;
  • Sworn translation in Italian of the above;
  • Managing director’s codice fiscale;
  • Foreign company’s codice fiscale

Note that you can set up a representative office in Italy for any company in the world, as long as they belong to a country associated with the WTO (Check the WTO member countries here).

If all the documents are in place, you can register your representative office in Italy, supplying the following information:

  • Foreign company details;
  • Registered office address in Italy;
  • Director appointed to oversee 
The chamber of commerce fee is roughly € 165 (varies depending on the local Chamber of commerce), and there is no annual renewal fee payable to the local chamber of commerce.
In addition, you don’t need to file any annual tax return, as well as prove to have certain income sources to secure your VISA. Finally, the representative office in Italy does not attract your foreign business to the Italian taxation.
You can register your representative office in roughly 2/3 weeks depending on the promptness of the local Chamber of Commerce.
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Documents needed to obtain your representative office VISA

Once the representative office is up and running, you can obtain the Visura Camerale, which  certifies that your office exists in Italy. You must also obtain the following documents:

  1. Managing director remuneration statement;
  2. Chamber of commerce clearance certificate;
  3. Local county labor office clearance certificate;
  4. Italian immigration office Nulla Osta.
You need to obtain the above documents in that order. If you can’t visit all the offices above, you must provide someone with a power of attorney; which has to be notarized, apostilled, and translated in Italian.
The foreign company needs to state the annual remuneration granted to the managing director moving to Italy, the remuneration must be in excess of € 8,500 per year in order to secure the VISA.
Subsequently, the chamber of commerce must provide the clearance statement saying there are no impediments to 

Once you secure the Italian immigration office Nulla Osta, you can apply to the foreign Italian consulate to secure the VISA; you need to submit the following documents:

  1. Representative office Visura camerale;
  2. Managing director remuneration statement;
  3. Chamber of Commerce clearance certificate;
  4. Local county labor office clearance certificate;
  5. Nulla Osta;
  6. Proof of lodging;
  7. VISA application form;
  8. VISA Fee payment;
  9. Valid passport;
  10. One recent passport photo;
  11. Prepaid return envelope.
Some consulate don’t require you to visit it anymore, and you can send all the document via the postal service, upon providing a notarized signature in front of a honorary consul or a public notary.
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Representative office VISA and arrival to Italy

After the consulate procedure is completed, you are rewarded with a one year VISA to Italy, and you can move to Italy on any day after the Representative office VISA first validity date. Within 8 days from your arrival, you need to register with the local police department and you must convert your VISA into a residence permit.

The residence permit issuance procedure is as follows:

  1. You must go to the post office and fill the kit application;
  2. The post office will provide you a temporary residence permit and the Immigration Office appointment;
  3. On the appointment day you must provide all the original documents supplied to the foreign consulate;
  4. The Immigration Office will issue the 1 year VISA, advising on the pickup date.
You need to renew the VISA every year by providing a minimum income of € 8,500 per year; after 5 renewals you can apply to the EU residency card providing a limitless stay and free travel in whole Europe Union.

How can Accounting Bolla help you secure the Representative office VISA

Accounting Bolla and its team of attorneys can help you in the whole Representative office VISA process. We can:
  1.  Advise on the best immigration strategy;
  2. Set up the Italian representative office;
  3. Gather all the documents requested to obtain the Italian representative office VISA;
  4. Support your application at the foreign consulate;
  5. Deliver the residence permit;
  6. Annual permit renewal.
Enquire in, and move your first step to your next destination in Italy.

46 thoughts on “Representative office VISA”

    1. Hi We want to set up a representative Office In Italy and VISA needs for the permanent representative of the office. We are registered company in Dubai for last 10 years and now want to open a representative office in Italy.

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  1. Hi We want to set up a representative Office In Italy and VISA needs for the permanent representative of the office.

  2. Natasha McCourtie

    Hi there, we would like to apply for the Representative office VISA in Italy
    Thank you
    We are based in New Zealand

  3. Hello Nicolò, I would like to set up a representative office of our company in Italy and apply for the visa. Thank you.

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