About this visa
Buongiorno! Wanting to spend a year drinking wine and eating delicious pasta?
This visa helps young people 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!
**COVID-19 Update: From 3rd June, Italy will allow foreign tourism to enter their country.
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 a 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
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 a resident in your home country
- 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
- 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
1) Obtain a Working Holiday visa from an Italian Diplomatic or consular office in Australia prior to travelling to Italy. The visa will be valid for 3 months from the date of issue i.e. the visa holder will have 3 months in which to use the visa to enter Italy. The visa will allow a stay of up to 12 months from the date of entry into Italy. Full details on obtaining the Working Holiday visa must be provided by the Italian Embassy or Consulate in Australia.
The following general conditions apply when requesting the Working Holiday visa at the Italian Consulate in Australia:
A) The bearer of a Working Holiday visa will be allowed to work in Italy for no more than a total of 6 months out of the 12 month stay and only for a maximum of 3 months for the same employer.
B) Working Holiday visas will only be issued to Australian citizens who are ordinarily resident in Australia, who are between the ages of 18 and 30 inclusive and who have no dependant children.
C) Working Holiday visa cannot be issued more than once to the same person.
D) Visa applicants must have a valid passport and a return ticket or sufficient funds to purchase a return ticket.
E) Visa applicants must have sufficient funds for sustenance during their stay in Italy.
F) Working Holiday visa holders will be 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 any further stay in Italy.
2) 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). While Italian Post Offices can act on behalf of the Questura in processing a variety of Permits, the Working Holiday visa has to be dealt with directly by the Questura and NOT the Post office. The Permit of Stay allows the Australian citizen to stay in Italy for the time shown on the visa itself. This is usually a maximum of 12 months from the date of entry. 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.
The following documentation is normally required by the Questura in Italy to apply for a Permit to Stay:
a) Application form provided by the Immigration Office at the Questura;
b) 4 passport-size photos;
c) Duty stamp (Marca da Bollo) currently of the value of 14.62 euro;
d) Australian passport with the Working Holiday visa placed inside;
e) photocopy of your passport data page and the Working Holiday visa placed in your passport by the Italian Consulate;
f) photocopy of health insurance cover (Note that the Australia Italy Reciprocal Health Agreement will cover applicants for the first six months of their stay);
3) Once the Australian citizen has requested and/or obtained the Permit to Stay or the receipt (cedolino/ricevuta) they may look for employment. It is the employer’s responsibility to request a Work Permit (Nulla Osta al lavoro) on behalf of the Australian citizen by going to the Labour Office (Sportello Unico). In making the request for a Work Permit, the employer will submit the Permit to Stay, or the receipt given to the visa holder at the time of applying for the Permit. The Italian authorities have stated that the Work Permit should be issued within 20 days.
The immigration authority in Italy for processing Working Holiday visa's is Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Here are additional links and resources related to the Working Holiday visa in Italy. All resources are in English unless otherwise stated.
- Italian Working Holiday Agreement for Australia: Information Sheet
- Working Holiday Visa: Requirements for Australian Citizens (2010)
- Working Holiday Visa requirements for Australian Citizens (2015)
- Working Holiday Visa requirements for Australian Citizens (2016)
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