Italian Work Visa Process 2024 (Step-by-Step Guide)

Italy Work Visa works on a Quota system. Each year the Italian Government sets a quota for the people coming from non-European countries to work in Italy. For 2024, 151,000 work permits, and for 2025, 165,000 foreign workers will get a work permit. In this post, I will tell you about the Italian Work Visa Process, and how you can apply. The Italy work visa is a long-term visa that is also known as the National D Visa. Once you get your work visa it will allow you to travel to Italy.

The Italian Government only accepts applications for work permits during the designated period. So, contacting the relevant Italian embassy in your country is best. Also, the Italian government has defined the quota to grant a work permit to foreign workers. This is called Decreto Flussi (translating to “flow decree”). Recently the Italian Government launched a work permit for remote workers which has No Quota. It is called the Italy Digital Nomad Visa. More details are given below.

Italian Work Visa Requirements

If you want to work in Italy. It involves three steps.

  • Get a Job offer from an Italian company/employer.
  • The employer applies for the Work Permit on your behalf.
  • Submit a work Visa application at the Italian embassy.

Get a Job offer from the Italian Employer

The most important is to find a Job in Italy. To apply for the Italian work permit and the Italian work visa a Job offer from the Italian company is necessary. Use some online websites to find Jobs in Italy.

Get a Nulla Osta al lavoro (Work Permit)

The Work permit of Italy is known as Nulla Osta al lavoro. Your employer will apply for you on your behalf for the work permit.

Types of Italian Work Visas

  1. Salaried Employment Visa
  2. Self-Employment visa
  3. Long-Term Seasonal Work
  4. Working holiday Visa

Apply for the Italy Work Visa

  • Now you have a Job offer from Italy and your work permit has been approved.
  • You can apply for an Italy Work Visa at the Italian Representation/embassy in your home country. Find the list of all Italian embassies here
  • Different countries follow their process. So, you must consult and contact the embassy about the application process for the Italy work visa.
  • Enter Italy and apply for a Residence Permit within eight days to be allowed to stay and work in the country legally.

Required Documents to Support Your Visa Application

  • Copy of your signed work contract.
  • The original and a copy of your Nulla Osta (work permit).
  • Completed Italian Long-Stay Visa Application form.
  • Passport
  • Proof of accommodation in Italy.
  • Proof of sufficient financial means.
  • Proof of paid visa fee.
  • Diplomas/other certificates.

Note: Do ask the embassy of Italy in your country about the visa cost, required documents, and the processing time.

Disclaimer: The information about the Quota and the application process can change at any time. So it is advised to always check with the Italian Embassies for up-to-date information. The information provided here is intended as a General Guide. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Italy is a reliable source.

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