Entry of foreign nationals into ItalyForeign citizens can enter our territory for tourism, for study, for family reunification and in order to integrate into the labour market, within the limits established by entry flows
ENTRY OF FOREIGN NATIONALS COMING FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION
It is regulated by the Schengen agreements which made it possible to build a common area of free movement among the signatory States and eliminated border controls. In this case, the foreigner who holds a permit of residence, is exempt from a visa for stay not exceeding three months, upon the condition that he does not enter Italy for subordinate work, for self-employment or for apprenticeship.
ENTRY OF THIRD-COUNTRY NATIONALS
The foreigner must hold a visa that authorizes his entry and that must be sticked on his passport or on another travel document. Some States are exempt from the obligation of visa for tourism. Visas are issued by Italian embassies and consulates in the country of origin or in the country in which the foreigner is regularly residing.
The foreign national who legally enters Italy must apply for the permit of residence within eight working days. This document will bear the same reasons for stay as those stated in the visa.
IT IS POSSIBLE TO LEGALLY ENTER AND STAY IN ITALY FOR:
Tourism: in order to enter into our Country the foreign national must show a valid passport upon crossing the border. This kind of permit does not allow to perform a job.
Study: a visa for study can be applied for at the Italian Embassy in the foreigner’s country of residence. Its validity is equivalent to the length of the course he/she intends to follow; in any case, it must not exceed one year.
Family reunification: it is possible be granted this permit when the applicant is a regularly residing foreigner who holds a residence card or valid permit of residence for subordinate work, for self-employment, for asylum or for religious reasons: its duration must not shorter than one year.
Work: upon his entry into Italy, the foreign national must hold a visa for work that is issued keeping into account entry flows quotas established by decrees that are issued every year.
Permits for work relate to subordinate work, self-employment and seasonal work.
-In order to establish a permanent, fixed-term or seasonal subordinate work relationship with a third-country national who resides abroad, the Italian or regularly residing foreign employer must submit a ad hoc request for authorization, bearing the name of the person, to the “Single Desk for Immigration” that is competent in the place where the job will be performed.
-The foreign national who intends to carry out an industrial, professional, craftsmanship or commercial permanent self-employment job, or intends to establish a joint-stock or partnership company or to take up posts in a company must possess the moral and professional requirements that law requires from Italian citizens for performing their activities.
THE FOREIGN NATIONAL WHO IS ALREADY ON THE ITALIAN TERRITORY FOR ANY OTHER REASON
on certain occasions and within the limits established, can perform a job activity by applying for the conversion of his title of residence to the competent local police headquarters (Questura)
-the holder of a permit of residence for study or training can perform:
a subordinate job, once he has obtained the authorization from the competent Single Desk for Immigration and the conversion of his permit of residence;
a self-employment activity after the requirements for self-employment entry have been tested and after the permit of residence has been converted
-the holder of a permit of residence for seasonal work can perform permanent subordinate work, and having his permit of residence subsequently converted, only if the previous year he had got a permit of residence for seasonal work and, upon its expiration, he has gone back to his country of origin.