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ITALIAN DEPARTMENT FOR IMMIGRATION AND HOME AFFAIRS
A. WORKING HOLIDAY SCHEME VISA
B. RESIDENCE PERMIT
C. WORK PERMIT
D. OVERSEAS QUALIFICATION
A. WORKING HOLIDAY VISA
REQUIREMENTS FOR AUSTRALIAN CITIZENS UNDER THE WORKING HOLIDAY AGREEMENT BETWEEN ITALY AND AUSTRALIA SIGNED IN ROME ON 1 OCTOBER 2003.
Applications for Working Holiday visas to Italy may be lodged at the Consular Offices of Italy in Australia (i.e. the Consulates General in Melbourne and Sydney, the Consulates in Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth, the Consular Section of the Embassy of Italy in Canberra) by Australian citizens who are ordinarily resident in Australia. Interested persons must apply directly to the Consular Office with jurisdiction in his/her place of residence.
The applicant must meet the following requirements:
- be a resident of Australia;
- be aged between 18 and 30 years, inclusive, at the time of application for the
- not include any minor dependents on the application;
- have not previously taken part in the Working Holiday scheme;
- hold a valid Australian passport;
- hold a valid return travel ticket or sufficient funds to purchase said a ticket;
- possess sufficient funds to support oneself during the period of stay in Italy (equivalent of Euro 3.500 for a stay of one year). The applicant’s proof of financial means is to be demonstrated by showing the funds themselves or by bank surety or insurance guaranteed policy or equivalent instrument of credit or with instruments of prepaid services or with definite proof of the availability of sources of income in Italy;
- be in good health and of sound background. Visa holders will be covered by the “Reciprocal Agreement in the matter of Health Assistance” for the first six months of their stay. For the remaining period of their stay, it is recommended that medical insurance be taken out to cover medical, pharmaceutical and hospitalisation costs in case of accident or disease.
Application for the “working holiday” visa is to be made by completing an application form available at the Consular Office (photo must be provided), and mentioning one’s intention to spend a holiday period in Italy. This will be subject to the intention to undertake temporary work activities not exceeding a total of six months and not more than three months with the same employer.
The cost of the visa is currently Euro 51.73.
B. RESIDENCE PERMIT FOR ‘WORKING HOLIDAYS”
Within 8 working days of arrival in Italy, the holder of the “working holiday” visa must go to the Questura (Police Station) in the province where the applicant intends to reside in order to apply for the “permesso di soggiorno” (residence permit).
The application for the residence permit is to be made on the special application form available at the Questura and must contain the following:
- personal data;
- place where the applicant intends to reside;
- reason for the stay (“working holiday”);
- 4 photographs;
- photocopy of the passport and of the “working holidays” visa.
Please be advised that due to the high request for these permits, in some major cities the applications could be placed in a long waiting list.
When applying, the following documents are to be presented:
- the passport endorsed with the entry visa for “working holidays”
- the documents showing proof of financial means, which will have already been presented to the diplomatic/consular office where the visa was issued.
After having examined the documents and ascertained the identity of the applicant, the officers assigned with processing the applications will issue the applicant with a confirmation of receipt of the application, indicating the day on which the “permesso di soggiorno” can be collected. It should be noted that this confirmation of receipt is sufficient to initiate the file with the “Direzione Provinciale del Lavoro” [Provincial General Management Job Centre).
The holder of a “working holiday” visa must leave Italy by the expiry date of the visa; the “permesso di soggiorno” is not renewable, nor can it be converted to another type of “permesso di soggiorno”.
C. WORK PERMIT
The work permit is issued by the Direzione Provinciale del Lavoro (Provincial General Management Job Centre which is a branch of the Ministry of Labour in each Provincial capital city) competent for the area in which the work activities will be undertaken. Processing of the work permit is to be commenced after the holder has arrived in Italy, and after obtaining the “permesso di soggiorno”.
The holder of a “working holiday” visa is permitted to work for a total period not exceeding six months during his stay in Italy and for not more than three months with the same employer. The permit to work is issued on the request of the employer.
To obtain this permit to work, the employer must present to the Provincial General Management Job Centre a request which must contain:
1) all information regarding the company or employer;
2) all data on the Australian worker to be employed;
3) the undertaking to ensure that the Australian citizen will be remunerated and covered by the relevant insurance as set down in the current legislation and in the pertaining national collective labour contracts;
4) the address of the company where the employment will be carried out;
5) indication of the type of accommodation.
The employer must further attach to the application:
- his Chamber of Commerce registration certificate;
- copy of the employment contract and of the documents drawn up for fiscal purposes confirming the employer’s financial viability.
When the abovementioned requirements have been met, the work permit is issued within 20 days from receipt of the application.
D. OVERSEAS QUALIFICATION ASSESSMENTS
Overseas educational qualifications are not automatically recognised in Italy.
Educational certificates obtained abroad must be recognised to be equivalent to the Italian academic qualifications (i.e. Junior High School diploma, High School Education Certificate or University Degree etc.).
Non Italian Citizens and Italian Citizens residing abroad interested in obtaining recognition and/or equivalence of their overseas educational qualifications (attained at officially recognised scholastic institutions), can apply through the Consulate's Education Office for a "Statement of Value" (Dichiarazione di Valore).
To apply for a Statement of Value, the following documents must be produced:
- original or certified copy of Educational Certificate;
- “Apostille" by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Lv 17, Exchange Plaza – Sherwood Court, Perth - Tel.: 08 9231 4499 - Commonwealth of Australia's fees will apply);
- a translation in Italian of said certificate, carried out by an officially recognised translator (N.A.A.T.I.).