ITALY - Consulates Apply More Rigorous Definition of Permissible Business Visa Activities
Effective immediately, Italian consulates are more strictly assessing business visa applications, defining the allowable business activities according to Visa Decree 850/2011 as the following:
- To make contacts or conduct negotiations; or
- for learning and verifying the use and functioning of capital goods purchased or sold under commercial and industrial cooperation agreements.
Previously, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) took a more relaxed approach to approving business visas. The MFA has confirmed that other activities may still be regarded as 'business', on a case-by-case basis.
- Business visa applicants are advised to adhere to the official definition of business activity set out above.
- Business travelers whose activities may not fall into the limited allowable scope are advised to consult an immigration specialist for specific advice.