A Memorandum of Understanding relating to Working Holiday Visas exists between the Government of Italy and Australia. The principal purpose of visits under the Working Holiday program is a holiday, with work being incidental to the holiday.
In Italy, the Working Holiday Program is run by the Italian government and the agencies that work for it. The Australian Embassy in Rome made this information sheet based on what the Agreement says and what the Italian government agencies in charge of running the program say should be done. Specific steps in the process may differ between regions and offices in Italy. The Australian Embassy is not responsible if the Italian authorities change or change any of the steps listed below. Before the steps, let’s examine the eligibility for a working holiday visa.
What is a visa?
The word “visa” comes from the Latin charta visa, which means “paper that has been seen.” A visa is conditional permission given to a foreigner by a government to enter, stay in, or leave its territory. Visas usually restrict how long a foreigner can stay, what parts of the country they can visit, when they can visit, how many times they can visit, or if they can work in the country in question.
Visas are used to ask for permission to enter a country. In most countries, formal permission for an outsider to enter and stay in the country differs from a visa.
In each case, an immigration official must permit to enter before a visa can be used, and this permission can be taken away at any time.
Visa proof is usually a sticker on the applicant’s passport or another travel document, but it can also be electronic.
Some countries no longer give out physical copies of visas. Instead, details are only kept in databases for immigration.
In the past, immigration officials had the power to let people in or turn them away when they arrived at the borders.
If the person were allowed to come in, the official would give them a visa, which would be a stamp in their passport. Today, people who want to visit another country often have to apply for a visa ahead of time. They can do this in person at a consular office, by mail, or on the Internet.
Current visas can be a sticker or stamp in the passport, an electronic record of the permission, or a separate document that the applicant can print before entering and show when entering the country being visited. For short trips, visitors to some countries don’t have to get a visa ahead of time.
What is Working Holiday Visa?
A working holiday visa is a type of residency permit that lets travelers work (and sometimes study) in the country that gives them the visa to help pay for their excursion.
With a working holiday visa, many young people can live in a foreign country without paying for expensive things like finding a job sponsor ahead of time or going on expensive university exchange programs.
Most working holiday visas are given out as part of an agreement between two or more countries to encourage their citizens to travel and learn about each other’s cultures. Just like Australian and Italy citizens.
The eligibility requirements for getting the working holiday visa for the first, second, or third time to temporarily work in Australia are the same. However, to obtain this permit a second and third time, applicants must ensure that they apply for the correct visa category. To get a working holiday visa for Australia, an Italian national must:
- Have a valid passport from Italy.
- Be between the ages of 18 and 35.
- Never been to Australia before on subclass 417 working holiday visa.
- Have at least $5,000 to live on and pay for their trip to Australia.
- Meet the Australian government’s health requirements.
- Meet the character requirements set by the Australian immigration authorities
- Never have had a visa for Australia canceled or turned down before.
- Sign the statement of Australian values
Requirements for working Holiday Visa:
To get an Italian working holiday visa, you’ll need to present the following documents:
- Form to fill out to get an Italian Long-Stay Visa.
- Proof that the visa fee was paid.
- A copy of the signed contract for your job.
- Your original Nulla Osta and a copy of it.
- A passport that is valid and copies.
- Two recent passport photos.
- Proof that you are living in Italy.
- Proof that you have enough money.
- A copy of the flight plan.
- Health and travel insurance that covers Italy must be shown as proof.
- Other pieces of evidence, like diplomas.
Under the Working Holiday Visa Agreement, an Australian citizen must take three basic steps to stay in Italy and work:
- Get a Working Holiday visa from the Italian Consulate closest to where you live in Australia.
2. Apply for a Permesso di Soggiorno (a permit to live in Italy) at the Immigration office of the Questura (the police headquarters) within eight days of arriving in Italy;
3. Use the Permesso di Soggiorno or the receipt that shows you’ve applied for a Permesso di Soggiorno to ask your potential employer to send a request for a Work Permit to the Labour Office. Here are more details about these steps:
Steps to follow for the Working Holiday Program in Italy in general:
1) Before going to Italy, get a Working Holiday visa from an Italian diplomatic or consular office in Australia. The visa will be good for three months after it is issued. This means that the person who gets the visa will have three months to use it to enter Italy. The visa lets you stay in Italy for up to a year from the day you enter the country. The Italian Embassy or Consulate in Australia must give you all the information you need to get a Working Holiday visa.
When you apply for a Working Holiday visa at the Italian Consulate in Australia, the following general rules apply:
- A) People with a Working Holiday visa can only work in Italy for 6 months out of their 12-month stay, and they can only work for the same company for a maximum of 3 months.
B) Working Holiday visas will only be given to Australian citizens who live in Australia full-time, are between 18 and 30 years old, and don’t have any children who depend on them.
C) The same person can’t get more than one Working Holiday visa.
D) People who want a visa must have a valid passport, a return ticket, or enough money to buy one.
E) People who want a visa must have enough money to live in Italy.
F) People with a Working Holiday visa will be covered by the Australia–Italy Reciprocal Health Care Agreement for their first six months in Italy. For any future stays in Italy, you must have private health insurance.
2) Working Holiday visa holders must go to the Immigration office (Ufficio Immigrazione) of the city Police HQ (Questura) within eight working days of their arrival in Italy to apply for a Permit to Stay (Permesso di Soggiorno).
The Italian Post Office can handle some Permits on behalf of the Questura. Still, the Working Holiday visa has to be handled directly by the Questura and NOT the Post office. The Permit of Stay lets an Australian citizen stay in Italy for the amount of time that is written on the visa.
This is usually no longer than one year after the date of entry. When a visa holder applies for a Permit to Stay, they will be given a receipt (cedolino/ricevuta) that shows the Permit has been asked for. The Permit itself might not be given out for weeks or even months.
In Italy, if you want to get a Permit to Stay, the Questura usually needs the following documents:
a) Application form provided by the Immigration Office at the Questura;
b) 4 passport-size photos:
c) Duty stamp (Marca da Bollo), which is worth 14.62 euros at the moment;
d) The Working Holiday visa in the Australian passport;
e) a copy of the information page of your passport and the Working Holiday visa that the Italian Consulate put in your passport;
f) a photocopy of your health insurance card (the Australia-Italy Reciprocal Health Agreement covers applicants for the first six months of their stay);
3) The Australian citizen can look for work once they have asked for and/or received the Permit to Stay or the receipt (cedolino/ricevuta).
The employer must go to the Labour Office and ask for a Work Permit (Nulla Osta al lavoro) for the Australian citizen (Sportello Unico). When the employer applies for a Work Permit, he or she will send the Permit to Stay or the receipt is given to the visa holder when the Permit was applied. According to the Italian government, the Work Permit should be given out within 20 days.
The Benefits of Working Holiday in Italy:
The benefits of a working holiday visa are as follows:
1. The working holiday visa is more affordable:
With a working holiday visa, you can work while you travel. This way, you won’t have to worry about going into debt while away. How you get around may be different. Some people like to travel for a few months and then work in one or two places for the rest of the year. Some people like to work for a month, then travel for a month, and then return to work for another month. In either case, travel is sustainable because you can keep getting jobs on the side to add to your travel funds.
2. You can leave for your trip sooner:
If you plan to work while traveling, you don’t have to save up thousands of dollars before you go. This means you can go on adventures abroad sooner. If there’s one thing that makes traveling less fun, it might be the idea that you can’t do it because it’s too expensive. A working holiday can help with this problem.
3. You can try your hand at various trades:
With a working holiday visa, you can try out many different jobs, and you may take ones you wouldn’t usually be able to do at home. There’s no telling what you might find. Maybe your dream job would be to work on a cattle ranch or serve drinks at a bar. Or you might find out that you love being a teacher. In this way, a working holiday could change your life.
4. You can give your holiday more structure:
When staying in hostels night after night, many travelers spend their time drinking and partying with other travelers instead of going out into the wider community. Not only can this use up your travel money, but it might also keep you from doing the things you came to do. Adding some work here and there helps you stay on track and gives your visit some structure.
5. A working holiday makes a good break:
People often sign up for long trips during the summer between high school and college or during the summer between college and getting a job. Working holiday experiences can help you break out of a job rut when you get back home and give you more options. The benefit of a working holiday is that it lets you take a break while also giving you a chance to work.
6. You may make more local friends:
When traveling with a backpack or moving around a lot, most people you meet, like in hostels or on tours, are just other travelers. If you get a job in a foreign country, you’re more likely to meet and become friends with people there. This can help you learn a lot about the culture.
7. You gain a better cultural understanding:
You can only do and learn so much in a country during a two-week vacation. Even though this may give you a general idea of culture, there’s no way around how much more you’ll learn on an extended vacation; when you get to know the daily rhythms of a place, maybe learn some of the languages and can call the neighborhoods your own. You’ll also have real work experience in a foreign country, which should help you when you return home.
8. It can build a better resume:
Whether or not a working holiday will help you get a job back home may depend on the field you want to work in and the work you do while you are away. But many employers like it when a potential employee has worked overseas, and better understands other cultures and any new skills they may have learned.
“Italy Working Holidays Visa for Australia Applicants” is an article that details the documents needed for the visa when applying from Australia.
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