What is the change? Italian consulates are applying a stricter definition of permissible business activities for applicants seeking business visas. 

What does the change mean? The permissible activities are limited to conducting negotiations, making business contacts, or verifying the functioning of equipment or machinery purchased or sold under commercial and industrial cooperation agreements with an Italian company. All other activities will be assessed by consular officials on a case-by-case basis.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate.
  • Visas/permits affected: Business visas.
  • Who is affected: Applicants for Italian business visas.
  • Business impact: Business visitors who are unable to obtain a business visa may be required to apply for a work permit.
  • Next steps: Business visa applicants may wish to consult with their BAL professional regarding intended business activities in Italy.

BAL Analysis: Employers and business travelers should ensure that their activities fall within the limited scope of permissible activities.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Italy. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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