How to Get an Italian Work Permit

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Obtaining an Italian work permit can be moderately difficult. You must gain employment with an Italian company and collect all necessary paperwork before arriving in Italy. Companies sponsor work permits through the local government. Conduct a thorough job search and bring employers relevant skills. Once you're sponsored by a company, make sure you fulfill all government visa requirements

  • Conduct a job search with Italian businesses. Prove to prospective employers you can perform the job better than a local employee.

  • Get hired by an Italian company. Work permits are only available through employers. Employers must prove to the regional offices that the position cannot be filled from the local employee market.

  • Receive your work permit via mail once you're hired. Obtain a work permit and a visa before entering Italy.

  • Take your work permit to an Italian embassy near you and apply for a visa. Most major U.S. cities have an embassy. This process may take several weeks.

  • Get a Permit of Stay--"Permesso di Soggiorno"--upon arrival in Italy. These are obtained at the central police office. You must present a valid, company-sponsored work permit, Italian visa and passport photos. Permit must be obtained within 8 days of beginning work (Reference 2).

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure you have a valid passport when applying for jobs.
  • Permits of Stay are only required in Italy if you're staying in the country for longer than three months.
  • As of 2009, "Il Kit"--a packet of required forms for the Permit to Reside--was available at major Italian post offices.
  • Have several passport-size photos with you for various visas and permits.
  • Failure to comply with local Italian regulations could result in deportation from Italy and fines.

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