A new visa policy to attract innovative talents from all over the world

The Italy Startup Visa (ISV) was created by the Ministry of Economic Development in 2014, and it is addressed to foreign enterpreneurs who wish to open an innovative startup in Italy, which is strongly tied with innovation and technology.

A full presentation of how to access the status of innovative startup and the advantages granted to this type of business is available on the website of the Ministry of Economic Development (, page Innovative Startup)

The procedure can be entirely completed online

  • It can take place entirely in English: application forms, information materials and a “customer care” service, as well as the website of the programme itself, are all offered in this language, so as to facilitate the applicants who are not proficient in Italian;
  • It is fully centralised: a single administration (the Ministry of Economic Development, specifically the Directorate General for Industrial Policy, Competitiveness and SMEs, where the Secretariat of the programme is based), handles all communications with the other administrations involved (central police offices, consular representation abroad), and 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.

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