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Italy – Work Permits and Working Legally

Working Legally in Italy

It is necessary for expats to obtain a work permit in order to work legally in Italy. The application must be made by the expat’s employer.

Types of Work Permits for Expats in Italy

There are two main types of work permits in Italy: the “nulla osta” (permit to work) and the “permesso di soggiorno” (residence permit)

The nulla osta is required for non-European citizens who wish to work in Italy for more than three months. The employer must apply for this permit on behalf of the employee

The permesso di soggiorno is required for non-European citizens who plan to stay in Italy for longer than three months. It allows the holder to reside and work in Italy and must be applied for by the individual.

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Work Permit Application Process in Italy

The procedure for obtaining a work permit in Italy starts with the employer applying for the “nulla osta”. Once the nulla osta has been granted, the employee must then apply for the permesso di soggiorno

The nulla osta process can take up to 30 days. The permesso di soggiorno application process can take up to 90 days.

Work Permit Documents in Italy

The following documents are required to apply for a work permit in Italy:

  • A valid passport
  • A completed application form
  • A recent passport-sized photo
  • Proof of work contract
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Criminal background check

Work Permit Costs in Italy

The cost of obtaining a work permit in Italy varies depending on the type of permit required. The nulla osta fee is approximately €200, while the permesso di soggiorno fee is approximately €250.

Reliable Information on Working Legally in Italy

Expats can find reliable information on working legally in Italy on the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (https://www.esteri.it/mae/en/servizi/stranieri/permesso_soggiorno.html) and the Italian Ministry of Interior website (https://www.interno.gov.it/en/topics/immigration-and-asylum/immigration). Additionally, expats can contact the Italian Consulate or Embassy in their country of origin for further information.

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