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FAQ

Where do I apply for the Italy Golden Visa?

You would need to submit your prepared documents and application to the Italian consulate in your country.

Do I have to speak Italian to be able to apply for the Italy Golden Visa?

No, you do not need to speak Italian or take a language test to apply for the Golden Visa in Italy.

Can I get residency in Italy if I buy property?

Buying a property in Italy does not provide you with a residence permit. You would only be able to stay for the duration of your visa or, if you’re holding a UK passport, you would be able to stay in the Schengen area for 90 days in a 180-day period. You would need a visa to stay longer or to work in Italy.

How long can I stay in Italy if I own a property in Italy?

Owning a property in Italy does not provide you with a longer duration of stay. You would only be able to stay for the duration of your visa or, if you’re holding a UK passport, you would be able to stay in the Schengen area for 90 days in a 180-day period. You would need a visa to stay longer or to work in Italy.

Which European Golden visa is the easiest?

Italy Golden Visa is one of the easiest Golden visa programs in the EU as it requires a minimum investment.

What is the cheapest Golden Visa in Europe?

There are 12 countries in the EU and Schengen area offering Golden visa programs. Switzerland, Italy, Latvia, and Bulgaria are the cheapest. However, Switzerland only offers 1 year of stay, and you would need to invest annually for at least approximately €215,000. Additionally, Italy and Bulgaria allow dual citizenship. You might want to consider this if you’re planning to apply for citizenship in the future.

What is the Golden Visa for Italy from €250,000?

€250,000 is the minimum investment for the Italy Golden Visa. The requirement is to invest in an innovative start-up in Italy.

What are the tax benefits of the Italy Golden Visa?

The Italy Golden Visa offers a favorable tax regime for high-net-worth individuals, allowing them to apply a substitute tax on foreign income and, in exchange for an annual fee, providing full exemption from income tax on foreign earnings for residents and their family members.

Which European countries offer Golden Visa?

As of 2024, there are 12 EU and Schengen Zone countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland.

How long do you usually have to stay in Italy to be able to apply for citizenship?

10 years for non-European Union foreigners.

5 years for a foreigner who has worked for five years in Italy for the public administration, an Italian-based company, or abroad representing the Italian state.

5 years for an adult foreigner adopted by an Italian citizen.

5 years for a stateless foreigner.

4 years for a citizen of the European Union.

3 years for a foreigner who is a direct descendant (up to the second degree) of an Italian citizen and is unable to acquire citizenship through jus sanguinis or other specific cases, or for a foreigner born in Italy with continuous residence.

Which EU Countries Offer Golden Visa Programs?

As of 2024, there are 12 EU and Schengen Zone countries:

  1. Austria
  2. Bulgaria
  3. Cyprus
  4. Germany
  5. Greece
  6. Ireland
  7. Italy
  8. Latvia
  9. Malta
  10. Portugal
  11. Spain
  12. Switzerland
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