Are you a New Zealander, an Australian or a Canadian citizen? Have a read of the information at the bottom of this page.
If your stay in Italy does not exceed 90 days, you can enter Italy as a tourist. Find out if you need to apply for a tourist visa, and if so which documents you require, by looking at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website. For citizens of some countries, you might only require your passport to enter Italy. Even if you don't require a visa to enter Italy, you will require insurance for the duration of your stay, to cover the costs of any possible hospitalisation or repatriation. In addition you should ask your host family to find out from their local territorial health unit (ASL) whether or not you can register with the Italian National Health Service (SSN).
Within 48 hours of your arrival in Italy, you and your host family should go to the nearest police station to submit your "host declaration"(dichiarazione di ospitalità), which declares that you will be living with the family for the duration of your stay .
Important note: If you come from a non EU country and you want to stay in Italy for longer than 3 months you could try to enter the country as a student. In order to get a student visa you must join an Italian course for at least 20 hours per week. We strongly advise you to clarify in advance with your host family how many hours a week you are expected to work as it may be difficult for you to coordinate your working hours with your course schedule. Keep in mind that the immigration officials at the point of entry always have the right to refuse entry should they believe that the student is actually intending to work full time.
First of all you must sign up to an Italian language course. Your host family will help you find the course best suited to you. Make sure to check that the establishment offering the course is on the list of approved schools which are recognised when applying for a student visa. In addition, the language course should be a minimum 20 hours per week.
Take the following documents to your local Italian embassy or consulate:
Make sure to check with your local Italian embassy or consulate beforehand that no other documents are required, as your application will not be accepted until all the required documents are submitted.
Warning! If your visa application is refused, it may be a case that the language school doesn't refund you the full amount paid when enrolling on the course, due to administrative costs.
Within 8 days of arriving in Italy, you (accompanied by your host family) should go to one of the following offices to submit your application for a residence permit:
For your residence permit you will require the following:
Please consult the National Social Security Institute's website (INPS) for more information on the exact costs, and steps you are required to take.
If you are a New Zealander, an Australian or a Canadian citizen, you can legally enter Italy with a Working Holiday Visa. We recommend that you contact your local Italian embassy or consulate for more information, and before applying for this visa.
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