About this visa
9 Things to Note Before Applying for a Working Holiday Visa in Italy
This visa helps young travelers from Australia, Canada, South Korea and New Zealand come to Italy. While you’re here you can work while you enjoy your extended holiday of up to a year!
See the below list of conditions to find out if you are eligible to apply for this working holiday visa in Italy.
EU countries are starting to reopen their borders to international travelers. However, before heading off to Europe be sure to double check with the country's Embassy or Consulate in your home country as the EU countries are not legally bound to follow this new EU recommendation.
Italy has made Working Holiday visa agreements with the following 4 participating countries:
If you are a Citizen of Italy and are considering a Working Holiday experience in one of the participating countries above, contact the Embassy of the country in question for more information.
With this visa you can
This visa allows you to:
- Live in Italy up to one year
- Work in Italy up to 6 months
- You can work in Italy for up to 6 months but only for a maximum of 3 months for the same employer
- Travel visa free in other EU countries within the Schengen area
- Re-enter Italy when out travelling to other EU countries
Things to note
- Within 8 working days of arriving in Italy, Working Holiday visa holders must go to the Immigration office (Ufficio Immigrazione) of the city Police HQ (Questura), in order to apply for a Permit to Stay (Permesso di Soggiorno). When applying for a Permit to Stay, the visa holder will be given a receipt (cedolino/ricevuta) proving that the Permit has been requested. The Permit itself may take several weeks or months to be issued.
- Once you have the Permit to Stay or the receipt (cedolino/ricevuta) you can begin to look for work.
The following documentation is normally required by the Questura in Italy to apply for a Permit to Stay:
- Application form provided by the Immigration Office at the Questura
- 4 passport-size photos
- Duty stamp (Marca da Bollo) currently of the value of 14.62 euro
- Photocopy of your passport data page and the Working Holiday visa placed in your passport by the Italian Consulate
- Photocopy of health insurance cover (Note that the Australia Italy Reciprocal Health Agreement will cover applicants for the first six months of their stay)
Working Holiday visa holders from Australia are covered by the Australia–Italy Reciprocal Health Care Agreement during the first six months of their stay in Italy. Private Health cover is required for the remaining 6 months of stay in Italy.
- Be aged between 18 and 30 years inclusive at the time of application for the visa
- Not include any minor dependents in the application
- Have not previously taken part in the Working Holiday scheme
- Hold a valid Passport of one of the participating countries
- Hold a valid return travel ticket or sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket
- Possess sufficient funds to support oneself during the period of stay in Italy (equivalent of at least EUR 3,500 for a stay of one year). The applicant’s proof of financial means is to be demonstrated by showing the funds themselves or by bank surety or insurance guaranteed policy or equivalent instrument of credit or with instruments of prepaid services or with definite proof of the availability of sources of income in Italy
- Bank statements must be dated within 3 months of time of application
- Have good health and a sound background and a travel/medical insurance covering the intended period of stay
Note: The visa conditions outlined above are subject to change without notice.
How to apply
- Normal processing time: 2-3 weeks
- Visa fee: 100 EUR
- Fill out the Entry visa application form ( View )
- Provide a recent passport-size photograph
- Provide a valid passport whose expiry date is three months longer than that of the visa requested
- Apply in person at your closest Italian Consulate / Embassy in the country you reside.
The immigration authority in Italy for processing Working Holiday visa's is Italian Visa Information from Ministry of Foreign Cooperation Italy.
Here are additional links and resources related to the Working Holiday visa in Italy. All resources are in English unless otherwise stated.
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