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Moving to Italy

The Italian Republic is a peninsula located on the Mediterranean, as well as the islands of Sicily and Sardinia. It is famous for its Roman and Etruscan ancient history, as well as cultural achievements of the Renaissance. It is a developed country with a high standard of living.


Work Visa

Nationals of the EU, EETA or EEA countries do not need a work permit for Italy. Italian work visas are permitted according to each region. However, you must be offered a job in Italy to apply for one. You must be outside of Italy to make this application to the Italian Consular authorities. You must be a skilled worker with a clean criminal background. Work permits are generally granted for a year, and can be renewed. Your employer is the one that is required to apply for your visa within their local province. Your employer must prove that no Europeans or local residents may fill your specific occupation. You must have a valid passport to apply.

Residence Visa

A residence visa is granted to those who want to live or work in Italy for over 90 days. Once you obtain a work permit, you can then apply for a residence permit in Italy through the central police office. If you do not have a work permit, you must obtain an entrance visa from outside of Italy. Once you arrive, you must obtain a permit of stay from one of 14,000 national post offices, and then returned to an approved post office location. Afterwards, you must go to the Vital Statistics Bureau within 20 days and apply for residency, which usually takes 1-2 months to clear.

Student Visa

Italy has many exchange and study abroad programs in various locations, and is a popular international student center. To apply for a student visa (if you are staying over 90 days), you must submit the following documents:

  1. One passport photograph
  2. One completed application
  3. Valid passport
  4. Letter of acceptance from your school, which details about your location and duration of the program
  5. Letter to the consulate with proof of your financial support
  6. Letter with your bank account information, signed by an official
  7. Flight reservations, round trip
  8. Proof of health insurance

The length of your visa depends on your time of stay.

Visit Study Abroad Italy for more details.

Moving Pets

In order to move your pet into Italy, you must obtain an EU Pet Passport. You are allowed to take in up to five pets. Your pet must be vaccinated against rabies, and must be over three months old. Your pet must also be microchipped or tattooed for identification. To finally obtain this Passport, you must have a blood test that shows that your pet has been properly vaccinated. Dogs traveling into Italy must be muzzled and on a leash. Your pet must also travel in an approved container.

Click here for more details.

Other Information:

Click here for information about real estate in Italy.

Click here for articles about living and investing in Italy.

Click here for links to embassies.


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