The idea of working and studying in a historic country like Italy can bring to mind romantic notions of breezing through its tiny cobblestone streets while enjoying delicious gelato and pleasant scenery. However, before you steep yourself in Italian culture, there are a few requirements that need to be taken care of, especially if you’re an international student. In this article, we’ll help you figure out just exactly which legal papers one needs to have in order study and work in Italy, and how you can acquire those papers so that you can enjoy a stress-free and joyful stay in this beautiful country.
As you start planning for your trip to Italy, organising a visa is one of the first things that you need to do, because it might take some time to process. Applying for a visa is easy, and starts with a visit to the Italian embassy consulate office in your home country. Depending on the duration of your study program, you’ll have two student visas to choose from; the Type C short-stay visa for 90 days or less, and the Type D long-stay visa for study periods longer than 90 days. The former is perfect for semester study programmes, while you should go for the latter if you plan on having an extended stay beyond your graduation.
The following are essential documents that you must have in order to successfully apply for any of these student visas:
Getting a Work Permit
It’s also important to obtain a work permit to work in Italy, as you’ll be faced with lots of competition from other internationals wanting to study and work in this Mediterranean gem. Another important document to obtain is a working residence permit, which will allow you to remain and work in the country beyond the semester of study. Thanks to recently implemented work permit quotas, Italy only issues 500 permits per year to international graduates wanting to continue living and working in Italy, so it’s really important to apply for the permit in advance, preferably before the peak season of May to August kicks in.
Once you’ve received all your permits and arrived in Italy, you’ll have to report to the local immigration centre within 8 days of arriving to inform them of your arrival and ensure that your documentation is on par with what is required. Luckily, there are government immigration offices placed in each Italian province, and that makes them easily accessible, regardless of where you’ll be staying and learning.
Please keep in mind that visa and work permits requirements can change at a moment’s notice, which makes it imperative for you to do your research and consult with the Italian embassy in your country before you apply for the required documentation.
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