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How to apply for work visa for Italy

Posted on October 1, 2020
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Apply for work visa for Italy

If you are a non-EU citizen and wish to work in Italy, you will need a work permit to enter Italy. This is called the National visa or the D-visa. One you get your work visa; you will have to apply for a residence permit within eight days of entering the country.

Italy offers various work visa types; these include visas for:

  • Salaried employment
  • Seasonal work (related to agriculture or tourism)
  • Long-term seasonal work (allows you to stay and work on seasonal activities for two years)
  • Sports activities
  • Artistic work
  • Working holiday
  • Scientific research

Applying for a work visa

Before you apply for any category of work visa, you must ensure that you are permitted to apply for one. This is because the Italian government accepts work permit applications only for a few months every two or three years based on the demands of the local job market and the state of immigration. Apart from this, there is a quota for how many work permits can be issued which is called Decreto Flussi

You can apply for a work visa provided the following conditions are met:

  • The Decreto Flussi is open
  • The yearly quota has still not been filled
  • Your Italian employer is ready to apply for your work permit
Generally, an Indian national looking to go to Italy from India will require a prior visa.

An entry visa is a permit required by an individual intending to enter Italy as a temporary entrant.

Based on the duration and purpose of the stay in Italy, you can apply for –

·       Schengen visa (C visa), or

·       Italian national visa (D visa), for a stay beyond 90 days.

Short stay ‘C’ visas are typically issued for – (1) family visits, (2) tourism, and (3) business travel.

Long stay ‘D’ visas are mainly issued for the purposes of – (1) family reunion, (2) study abroad, and (3) work overseas.

Upon arrival in Italy, the holder of an Italian national D visa will be required to get their visa converted into a “permesso di soggiorno” (residence permit). This must be done within eight days from their first entry in Italy.

Applications for the Italian residence permit will have to be submitted to the relevant “Questura” (police authorities) of the Italian province of intended residence.

The duration of the residence permit will be the same as laid down in the D visa for Italy.

Application process

If you want an overseas career in Italy you must first find a job in Italy and must meet certain conditions before you apply for a work visa. The permission to work and live in Italy involves a three-part process:

  1. You must first find an Italian employer who is ready to hire you and apply for your work permit
  2. Once your employer gets your work permit and after you receive it, you can apply for a work visa at the Italian embassy or consulate in your country
  3. In the final stage you can enter Italy with the work permit and get a residence permit to stay and work in Italy legally

Your employer has to apply for a work permit; however, you will have to provide your employer certain documents for the application. These include:

  • Copy of your passport
  • Proof of your accommodation in Italy
  • Proof that you have sufficient funds to return to your home country
  • All information concerning your employment status in Italy

Apart from this you will have to submit a residence contract signed with your employer. This is a guarantee from your employer that you have suitable accommodation in Italy and a commitment from the employer to pay your travel expenses in case you are expelled from the country.

You can apply for the work visa at any of the visa application center or Italian embassy in your country. The documents you will have to provide with your application include:

  • Visa application form in Italian which you may require help to fill
  • Recent passport-size photo
  • A valid passport whose expiration date must be at least three months later than that of the visa
  • Work permit from the Italian immigration office
  • Receipt of having paid the visa fees

The processing of the visa should take about 30 days. It is valid for the duration of the work contract but can be no longer than two years. However, it can be renewed for five years.

Once you have entered Italy on a work permit, you will have to apply for a residence permit within eight days.

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