The Italian Startup VISA

The Italian Startup Visa addresses foreigners willing to open an innovative startup in Italy. Find out about requirements and steps of the application.

In 2014, the Ministry of Economic Development created the Italy Startup Visa (ISV). They addressed it to foreign entrepreneurs wishing to open an innovative startup in Italy. However, the startup in question needs to be strongly tied with innovation and technology.

The Ministry of Economic Development provides a detailed presentation on how to access the status of innovative startup and the advantages granted to this type of business (, Innovative Startup).

The online procedure for the Italian Startup Visa:

  • It can take place entirely in English. Application forms, information materials and a “customer care” service, as well as the website of the program itself, are all offered in English. This is to facilitate the applicants who are not proficient in Italian;
  • The procedure is fully centralized. A single administration (the Ministry of Economic Development, specifically the Directorate General for Industrial Policy, Competitiveness and SMEs, where the Secretariat of the program is based), handles all communications with the other administrations involved (central police offices, consular representation abroad).  Moreover, it acts as a single contact point for the applicants;
  • It can be completed expeditiously. The Certificate of No Impediment to the granting of the visa is normally released within 30 days from application submission.


With the introduction of the Italia Startup Hub in 2014, the possibility to apply for an Italy Startup Visa has been extended to those who are already living in Italy on a resident permit for other reasons, and who can convert it in a startup one, without the need to leave the country.

How We can help you

Studio A&P provides full support to apply for an Italian Visa. We can carry out the entire process online.

Quick and easy steps on how to get an Italian Visa:

  1. Contact us before you arrive in Italy;
  2. We will analyze your specific case;
  3. You will receive ad-hoc advisory on fulfillments, timing and costs of the procedure;
  4. You will receive full support in the preparation and submission of all the relevant documents;
  5. We will inform you on the mandatory fulfillments to be completed upon your arrival to Italy.

Don’t know where to start? Have a look here at our full list of Italian Visas to find the one that best suits you.

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