The Italy work visa runs under a quota system and is fixed annually. The quota is for people from non-European countries. For the year 2023, the Italian government has set 136,000 units. Obtaining a work visa in Italy is a multi-step process that typically takes several weeks or even months to complete.
Here’s a comprehensive overview of the process:
Step 1: Employer Applies for Nulla Osta
- The employer in Italy must apply for a Nulla Osta, a work authorization document, to the local immigration office in their province. This application should include the employee’s CV, diploma, and proof of employment.
Step 2: Nulla Osta Is Granted
- Once the Nulla Osta is approved, the employer will receive a notification and the original Nulla Osta document. The original Nulla Osta will be needed for the employee to apply for the work visa.
Step 3: Employee Applies for Work Visa
- The employee must submit a complete work visa application package to the Italian embassy or consulate in their home country. This package typically includes:
- Completed the Italian Long-Stay Visa Application form
- Passport with at least two blank pages and valid for at least three months after the visa’s duration
- Two passport-sized photos
- Copy of the signed employment contract
- Original and a copy of the Nulla Osta
- Proof of accommodation in Italy
- Proof of sufficient financial means
- Diplomas/other certificates
Step 4: Work Visa Is Issued
- The embassy or consulate will review the application and may request additional documentation. If the application is approved, the employee will be issued a work visa.
Step 5: Entry into Italy and Residence Permit Application
- Upon arrival in Italy, the employee must apply for a residence permit, also known as the Permesso di Soggiorno, within eight days at the local post office. This will allow them to live and work legally in Italy.
Step 6: Residence Permit Is Issued
- The Foreign Department (Ufficio Stranieri) of the local Italian Police Headquarters (Questura) will review the residence permit application and issue the residence permit card. This card will be valid for the duration of the employment contract or up to one year for self-employed individuals.