What is a research Visa?

If you are a third-country national researcher this VISA allows you to enter in Italy in order to work as researchers for Italian Universities or Italian Research Institutes, for a short or a long term stay. It is issued on the basis of an hosting agreement. This  activity can be a self-employment work, a payed-employment work or fellowship. This VISA is issued primarily than the other kind of VISAs and it must be used within six months from its withdraw.

Who is eligible to apply for a Research visa and residence permit?

This type of visa is specifically conceived for foreign nationals holding a University degree that gives them access to PhDs according to the legislation of the country where the foreign national graduated, as long as they arr invited to conduct research by an Italian Research Center (e.g. a University or a similar Research Center) that has an agreement with the Italian Ministry of Education and Research (MIUR).

Main Procedural Steps

1.     Applying for and collecting the ‘Nulla Osta’ (Security Clearance issued by the Local Immigration Desk of the Ministry of Interior);

2.     Filing the visa application at the Italian Consulate of the applicant’s place of residency;

3.     Entry in Italy and application for the residence permit at the competent Police headquarter within 8 days;

Which documents do I need to apply?

In order to submit your application you need:

  • In case your stay lasts more than 3 months: a Nulla Osta (non-Impediment certification) issued by the “Sportello Unico” for the immigration services, which will provide to communicate it to the competent Consulate. For this category of Visa, the Non-impediment certification can be substituted by a communication subscribed by your employer, stating the proposal of your permit contract for the payed-employment job. This communication shall be presented via computer to the “Sportello Unico” for the immigration services.
  • Supporting documents stating that you are a researcher employed by a third-country University or Institution;
  • Supporting documents stating the purpose of your stay, such as:
    • A student badge stating your status, issued by the guesting University, research institute, college or school, where you are going to work;
    • accommodation receipt or proof of economic means to cover accommodation costs;
    • accommodation receipt or proof of economic means to cover accommodation costs;
    • medical insurance;

If you are a researcher working on medical issues, you will also need a certification of your bachelor degree, recognised by the Health Ministry;

Validity of the Research visa and residence permit

The residence permit issued to conduct research activities in Italy has the duration of the research program.
At the end of the research program, the researcher can state their immediate willingness to be employed at the Job Centre of the area of residency and apply for a residence permit for expected working activity, having a maximum duration of 1 year. This permit can be converted into a work residence permit if the researcher finds a working activity.
The residence permit is renewable under the same substantive conditions for the issuance of the first one, as long as the foreign national is never absent from the Italian territory for longer than 6 continous months.
The applicant can renew the residence permit on their own or be assisted by us.
After 5 years of continuous registered legal residency in Italy, the applicant would be eligible to apply for a permanent residence permit.

Time Frame

The expected time frame to obtain the Research visa is approximately 2 months from the application. Once the researcher obtains the visa, they can travel to Italy, apply for the residence permit and reside there legally.

Get in Touch

Do not hesitate to write to us if you wish to have additional information on the requirements for this type of Visa and counselling on your specific case.