Obtaining work permit

Obtaining work permit

Citizens of the European Union don’t need a work permit to legally work in Italy since they have a right to work in EU member states.

Non-EU citizens have to apply for a working residence permit for Italy. There are several steps for obtaining working permit.

  • Step 1. Determine if you require a work permit in Italy. Anyone holding Italian citizenship does not require a work permit to hold a job. Citizens of European Union and European Free Trade Association member countries do not require additional documentation to work in Italy.
  • Step 2. Assess which type of visa you require. People needing a visa to work in Italy must apply for one of two types of visa: the work permit or the Italian Holiday Working Visa which is only available only to individuals holding citizenship of Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
  • Step 3. Obtain employer sponsorship. Work permits in Italy can only be obtained through sponsorship from an established Italian company or a foreign corporation authorized to do business in Italy. All paperwork must be filled by the employer.

Residence permit

Foreigners who intend to stay in Italy for more than three months must apply for a residence permit. It is issued at the new arrival’s local police station. You should fill out an application form specifying the type of permit required, proof of identification, fingerprints and photos. The duration of working resident permit is valid for as long as the applicant’s entry visa. The holders of such permit have access to government services and benefits.

A working residence permit for seasonal work is valid for six months and can be extended by an extra three months. Permits for self-employment, employment at a local employer and family joining visas are valid for up to two years. Highly skilled or qualified individuals often have specific requirements to fulfil.

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