By Peregrine

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.

Action Items

  • 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.