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Italy - Work Permits
Non-EU nationals require an entry visa, a residence permit and a work permit in order to work in Italy.
Citizens of non-EU member states can enter Italy only with an entry visa. Those who hold visas for any of the member states of the Schengen Agreement do not need a special entry visa. The entry visa carries details about the reason for a person’s stay in Italy and also the duration.
Another requirement for non-EU nationals to work in the country is the residence permit. This permit must be applied for within eight days of residence in Italy at the latest and it must be in accordance with the purpose stated in the entry visa. Application for residence permit can be done at the local Police Headquarters. A receipt will be issued upon application and after an approximate processing time of one week, the application will either be accepted or rejected.
The intended purpose of the residence permit can be changed only after the concerned Police Headquarters receives indication from the Ministry of Labor, the Ministry of Economics and the Ministry of Interior. This may be done in case an individual wishes to change his or her status from employee to self-employed businessperson.
All individuals who do not hold citizenship of Italy or any other EU member state are granted equal access to the Italian job market. A work permit is a necessary document in this regard. To obtain a work permit, the residence permit that indicates the purpose of one’s stay, must be produced at the local Labor Office. With the work permit, a foreign national will be able to enter into different types of labor contracts, and also register at the Italian Board of Trade.
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