Your dream came true. You were looking so bad to have a working experience in Italy and actually managed to find a placement here. But what now? Do you need a visa to work in Italy? First of all, if you come from a country based in the European Union you are not required to apply for a visa and you don't need a visa to work and live in Italy. The European Union area represents a territory where the free movement of persons is guaranteed. The area is composed by a list of 28 different European nations:
If you are not from a country which is part of the Europen Union you may still not need a visa to work in Italy depending on the agreement that your country has with Italy ,the reason of you stay (internship or work placement) and lenght of your stay.
A quick way to understand if you need to apply for a visa, is looking at the Italian Ministry Foreign Affair and International Cooperation website. Specifically, there is a tool which is going to be very useful to better understand your situation
In the tool, you will need to select your nationality and your country of residence. Then you will need to select the lenght of your stay, if for example you plan to stay in italy for more than three months and the reason of your stay. Below you can find an example of a US citizen that will be working as an intern in Italy for less than three months:
As you can see, an American citizen who wishes to work as an intern in Italy for less than three months does not need to apply for a visa even if United States is not part of European Area. We encourage you to have a look at this tool to better understand your situation because your stay in Italy could be easier than what you think! You can find the tool at the following website: vistoperitalia.esteri.it/home/en
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