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Elective Residency

National Visa for Elective Residency: Requirements

Please note that successful applicants for Elective residence visa are prohibited to exercise remunerated activities in Italy.

  1. Proof of residence within the Toronto consular jurisdiction area: domestic utility bill or driving license (photocopy).
  2. Proof of legal residence in Canada: Canadian permanent residence card or visa valid for at least three months after the date of re-entry (photocopy).
  3. National visa application form, carefully and correctly completed and signed. Please ensure that you leave no blank spaces. If an item does not apply to you, enter N/A (not applicable).
  4. One recent passport-size color photo (must have been taken less than six months before the application), size 35mm x 40mm, full-face and light colored background. The face must be correctly centred and must be seen from a front view, with both sides visible. Styled poses (looking over one shoulder, head bowed etc.) are not allowed. The head must be free of all headgear, no hats, scarves, headbands or other decorative objects;
  5. Your passport, which must be valid for at least 3 months after the visa expiry date, as well as photocopies of the first 2 pages and of visas previously issued, if any. Furthermore, there must be at least two blank pages in the passport;
  6. A copy of your flight reservation. Buying your ticket in advance does not ensure that a visa will be issued.
  7. Proof of availability of lodging in Italy for the entire period of residence: a purchase/rental contract of a property in compliance with local zoning laws.
  8. Proof of consistent, ongoing and ample financial means of support for the entire period of residence in Italy: reference of pension provision or lifelong income, capital earnings, documents of property ownership, etc. The economic resources cannot be less than three times the annual amount provided for by the “Table A” of Ministry of Interior Directive 1.3.2000 DIRETTIVA 1° marzo 2000.
  9. Visa fees can be paid by money order/bank draft payable to the Consulate General of Italy in Toronto (Canadian dollars only). Because of the fluctuation of the exchange rate, the type of visa and duration of stay, the fees are subject to change. Please consult regularly our updated list of Consular Fees.
  10. Prepaid Xpresspost envelope (or UPS pre-addressed envelope) with your address already filled (TO) and the address of the Consulate as sender (FROM), with a photocopy of the envelope itself, to return your passport.