Virginia, US


If your company is sending employees to Italy—Fragomen is here to help. Working closely with our Local Advisors in Italy, we provide the immigration strategies and support you need to get your employees on the ground as quickly as possible. 

Italy’s immigration system is relatively restrictive and offers pathways for business visits, work and permanent residency. EU nationals (except nationals of Croatia) can enter Italy without a visa and live and work in Italy without a work permit, but they need to register with their local town hall.  

Business visitors to Italy typically use a local version of the Schengen-C Visa, which most foreign nationals are required to obtain prior to arrival in Italy.  Schengen visas are generally valid for up to 90 days within a 180-day period.

Italy does not offer a specific short-term or expedited work authorization category.  The main long-term work authorization categories are Intracompany Transfer (ICT) Work Permit and Service Agreement Work Permit.  Each work permit is valid for the duration of the assignment (up to two years initially). The work authorization can be extended for up to five years total (ICT Work Permit) or four years total (Service Agreement Work Permit). 

Note that work visa processing times can be extremely long, and document requirements can vary significantly depending on the city where the application is filed.

Detailed Immigration Snapshots, Document Lists and Process Guides are available to clients on request.