Self-Employment Visas in Italy: An Overview

Oct 26, 2021 | Global

The type and number of self-employment (Lavoro Autonomo) authorizations available to non-European Union (EU) nationals are set by means of the quota decree (decreto-flussi). Not all self-employment categories are available each year.

In general, to be eligible for self-employment, an applicant must:

  • Have suitable accommodation in Italy;
  • Have financial resources exceeding the minimum level set by the law for the exemption from a healthcare contribution (8,500 euros);
  • Obtain a Police Clearance (Nulla Osta) in Italy; and
  • Have certificates, documents, or attestations as required for the type of self-employment activity to be performed (applicants must meet the legal requirements for the performance of the activity in question, including, when required, the prerequisites for entering into professional registers).

Some categories of self-employment visas are issued outside of the quota decree (e.g., translators and interpreters, university professors, lecturers, managers in an intra-company framework).

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