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Italy Work Visas & Work Permits

Looking to hire foreign workers in Italy? Explore our guide to Italy work visas and how to apply for them.

When preparing for an expansion into Italy, a crucial part of the process for many businesses is to relocate part of their workforce from abroad to help with the setup and growth. To do this, each employee requires permission to live and work in Italy in the form of a work visa. 

However, the application process for Italian work visas can be difficult, with complex immigration regulations, a language barrier, and more all having the potential to cause costly delays.

At Horizons, our global expansion experts offer comprehensive Italian visa services, immigration advice, and tailored support, helping foreign organizations of all kinds to expand into Italy along with their experienced employees.

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Standard requirements for Italy work visas

There are a number of visa options for businesses aiming to relocate their employees to Italy from abroad, all of which have different requirements. 

For non-EU/EAA nationals, there are several common requirements that will generally need to be met:

  • A valid passport
  • Application fees
  • Completed application form
  • Job offer
  • Health insurance
  • Medical report
  • Criminal record check
  • Proof of sufficient funds
  • Proof of qualifications/work experience

Types of work visas for Italy

The simplest way to work in Italy is by having citizenship of another European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country. Anybody from another EU/EAA country can travel, live, and work in Italy freely, without needing a visa. 

If your employees are not nationals of an EU/EAA country, they will need a long-stay visa, otherwise known as a Type-D visa, to permit employment in Italy.

How to get a work visa for Italy

Both the employee and employer need to be involved in the application process for Italy work visas. Firstly, the employer must provide a formal job offer, then apply at the Italian immigration office local to their area of operation in Italy. The employee must then submit their application with their local Italian embassy/consulate and wait for it to be processed. Once it has been processed, the employee has six months to collect the visa and travel to Italy. In Italy, the employee must apply for a residency permit (permesso di soggiorno) within eight days, giving them permission to stay in the country for up to two years (with the opportunity to extend).

Further considerations for Italy work visas

It can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks for Italy work visas to be issued by the Italian authorities, so it is also good practice to submit all applications well in advance of your move. 

A complication to the process is that visas are only issued in a limited quantity, and are only issued for a period of a few months every one or two years to meet labor demands. It is possible to bypass these restrictions, but generally only for highly-skilled, especially desirable employees and senior management.

How can Horizons help?

At Horizons, we help employers of all kinds to expand into Italy more effectively, and we’re experts in securing visas for employees and their families. Our Italy work visa experts offer customized support and outsourcing services to help you through Italy’s work visa process as quickly and simply as possible. We will ensure that you and your workforce are fully compliant with Italy’s unique regulations, save you time, and answer any questions you may have. Additionally, we provide extensive outsourcing services covering recruitment, payroll, HR, administration, and more to help your business start trading as quickly and effectively as possible, even if you don’t have a registered subsidiary in Italy.