Residence by Investment Program

Affectionately termed “La Dolce Visa” by IMI, Italy’s residence by investment program gives applicants the choice of investing a larger amount in low-risk assets or a smaller amount in high-risk assets. Philanthropic contributions are also an option.

Though less expensive alternatives exist for those who merely want a residence permit in an EU country by way of passive investment (Portugal’s, Latvia’s, and Greece’s golden visas, for example), to those with a particular affinity for Italy, the residence by investment program is a reasonable option.


Program at a glance

Program TypeGolden Visa Program
Time to citizenship10 years
Time to permanent residency5 years
Minimum investmentEUR 250,000
Physical presence requirementNone
Application processing time1-2 months
Citizenship grants visa-free travel to189 destinations, including Schengen countries and the United States
Contribution types availableDonation, Business Investment, Bond Investment

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