General information and questions

Work In Italy

What You Need to Work In Italy

Any employees who are not EU or EEA citizens will need an Italian work visa, called a Nulla Osta.  In Italy, a work visa falls under the category of a Long-Stay visa, which may also be referred to as a National or D-Visa. It’s important to note that the Italian work visa simply allows employees to enter the country. To stay in Italy, they’ll need to obtain a residence permit upon arrival.


Requirements to Obtain a Work Visa in Italy

Citizens of nations outside of the EU and EEA will need to have a job in Italy before applying for an Italian work visa. They’ll also need a work permit, which the employer must apply for using supporting documents from the employee.

Along with the application for a work visa in Italy, your employees will need the following supporting documents:

  • A copy of a signed employment contract
  • The original Nulla Osta and an additional copy
  • A passport with a minimum of two blank pages that’s valid for at least three months after the visa’s duration
  • Passport pictures
  • A completed Italian Long-Stay Visa Application form
  • Proof of sufficient financial means, accommodation in Italy, and paid visa fee
  • Diplomas and other qualifying certificates


What Does the Process of Obtaining an Italian Work Visa Look Like?

The process of getting a Nulla Osta begins when an employee is offered a job in Italy. Following are the necessary steps to obtain the work visa:

  • The employer applies for a work permit at the immigration office in their respective Italian province.
  • Once the work permit is granted, the employer will send it to the employee and notify the Italian embassy or consulate where the employee will apply for a work visa.
  • The employee will download and complete the Italy Visa Application Form, collect all necessary documents, and submit the application in person at the Italian embassy or consulate.
  • If the Italian authorities approve the application, the employee will have six months to pick up the visa and enter Italy.
  • Within eight days of entering Italy, the employee must apply for an additional permit to stay. This permit is referred to as “permesso di soggiorno” or residence permit. The application can be obtained at a local post office in Italy.

An Italian work visa can be valid for up to two years depending on the employment contract, but it can be renewed for up to five years.

Important Considerations for Italian Work Permits

One of the unique considerations for obtaining a work permit in Italy is that applications are accepted for only a few months every one to two years. This window for applications varies depending on the state of immigration and the Italian job market. There is also a set quota of work visas that the Italian government will issue during a given window. Highly skilled employees may be exempt from the quota, but they will still need to go through the appropriate process of applying for a work permit and visa.

What must the employer do if he wants to hire a non-EU foreign citizen?

The employer who wants to hire a non-EU foreign citizen residing abroad must submit the application for the Nulla Osta to the “Sportello Unico per l’Immigrazione” (Sui) of the province of residence or of the one where the registered office or workplace is located. For this procedure, it is necessary to take into account the quotas provided for by the "Flows Decree", which establishes the maximum number of non-EU foreign citizens admitted to working in Italy each year.

In the event of a favourable opinion of the permit, also from the police headquarters, the employer or legal representative of the company that intends to hire the foreign worker is summoned to sign the residence contract and to the issue of the Nulla Osta.

In case of a negative opinion, the applicant will receive a letter communicating the rejection of the application with motivation.

Once the Nulla Osta has been obtained, the employer must notify the worker, who must go to the diplomatic/consular representation to obtain an entry visa for Italy.

The work permit is valid for 180 days from the date of issue. In case of non-use of the same, the clearance must be returned to the SUI by attaching an information note stating the reason. The return, it occurred during the validity period of the authorization, will give rise to the revocation of the same.