Italy - No Hope for Non EU Citizens

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1. Posted by pazzanera (Budding Member 6 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I've been researching for months and months now (with the help of my Italian citizen friends as well) on ways to set up a job in Italy -- hence then acquiring a work visa.

Almost everything I read ..(including posts on this forum) leads me in the same direction...Amercians (or non-EU citizens) have an almost slim to NONE change of obtaining a work visa to work in Italy.:(

As far as getting a job set up with an Italian employer: Everything tells me that in order for such companies to recruit you, therefore to sponsor you for a must have a skill that they cannot find there in Italy, etc. I'm merely a Web Designer/Webmaster..which I believe these are a dime a dozen. So as far as this option-I'll be crossing my fingers for a longgg time.

Yes, I've gotten info from the italian consulate and I KNOW that I can stay for 90 days..without working. Yes, I have searched numerous job websites. Yes, I've considered becoming a student of Italian to obtain a student visa..which may allow me to work part time..but after the course is over I will not be allowed to stay and work in Italy. I've also considered studying for TESOL to teach english...which job placement is offered but there is no guarantee. (Most schools favor EU citizens because they don't have to sponsor a visa for them). that my only other choice? There's got to be a better way.

Heres a little added information about me:

The reason why I desire to relocate to Italy for 6months-1year is to serve as a volunteer working with the (spanish speaking) latin american community in Northern Italy (Torino area). This is volunteer work which I won't be monitarily compensated for. I need a job to support myself while I'm there. I speak fluent English and Spanish..and have some knowledge of Italian, comprehension and basic conversation.

After reading carefully what I have written can ANYONE give me ANYOTHER suggestion that isn't written here. I need some hope b/c mine is running out. :( HELLLLP SOMEONE!


2. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi pazzanera

yes i feel your pain. im sorry.
I have researched for years....

I too, am an American web designer lookin for web work in europe.
Almost impossible ...besides some freelance work I have done for a startup in Cork City, Ireland.

As a last ditch effort to Escape America i have become a Grad Student in Scotland. Otherwise its is almost impossible to get a Visa.

But all is not lost....

What im doin for part-time income - is workin on US websites abroad as a contractor - As a web designer you can essentially work anywhere. I have clients im takin with me to Scotland. try that apporach - 2-3 steady web jobs should be enough. Maybe get a part-time Pub job as well.


3. Posted by xxxxxxx (Inactive 36 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I'll look around a bit more later and will let you know if I find anything. The only thing that comes to mind right now is the Associazione Culturale Linguistica Educational. I don't know that I can post the link here, so just look it up- and be sure to check out the whole site. There are volunteer opportunities, paid opportunities, etc. I didn't get to look through the whole thing, so I don't know that it's really what you're looking for. But it's worth a shot.
Also, a friend of mine from Florida is working over in Italy for a year for her company. I'll find out some information from her and let you know. Don't lose hope! I did awhile ago, but to my luck it's slowly returning. :)

4. Posted by pazzanera (Budding Member 6 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the help so far guys!!! I appreciate it! Keep the suggestions coming!

5. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


Is anyone from your family recent immigrants to the USA? There are a variety of "Ancestry Visas" available in countries throughout the EU that you are eligible for if you have a parent or grand parent born in that country. (For me the UK and Ireland). 3 out of 4 of my grandparents are immigrants and were born in either the UK or the Rep of Ireland which I am using to my advantage in gaining a visa which allows me to live over there. If you do have a parent/grand parent born somewhere in the EU let me know which country it was and I will do my best to provide you with info about that country's policy. Even if that doesn't get you to Italy it could get you very close and a lot of the UK's ancestry visa allows for eventual permanent residency which would then allow you to move over to Italy (as I understand things)...
Just a thought of another route to look at.

6. Posted by mindless (Budding Member 7 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

The last time I was in Italy was 2000, pre-EU era. What I found was to enroll in a university thus being granted a student visa. You can work on that visa, but I believe the hours may be limited. After getting that job, apply for a work visa. It is the long way, and may be an outdated way, but worth checking into.

Best of luck!! Please let me know how it turns out or any suggestions.

7. Posted by mindless (Budding Member 7 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Also, you might consider doing the work for your TEFL online. Not too expensive and they try to help with job placement. There is a site,, which provides more information. Make sure you check how legitimate the organization is. I don't know which is easier, or comparable to place, TEFL or TESOL certification. I do believe it is quicker to complete your TEFL. Sorry I cannot be of more help.

8. Posted by pazzanera (Budding Member 6 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

MANY Thanks for all of your advice guys.

For further replies...I really need specific information on ITALY...the laws are acutally a bit different in every country (in the European Union or otherwise).


9. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

One thing I have come accross that is not listed is marriage to an Italian citizen, you mention that you have friends who are Italian, so that may or may not be a possibility to you. Depending on moral and religious convictions this idea might be somewhat apalling to you, but I merely mention it as a way to immigrate to Italy that hasn't previously been mentioned in this thread... To expand a bit it could actually be a marriage to any citizen of a Schengen State who is residing in Italy.

10. Posted by pazzanera (Budding Member 6 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hey, that's an idea! NOT! (Love the sarcasm)
Yes I would love to go to the country HOWEVER I'm not that desperate as to marry someone to get there. Marriage is a sacred institution not to played around with. But, thanks anyway.

PS. My boyfriend happens to be Italian..but marriage, if it gets to that point will happen YEARS down the won't ever get to that point if I never get to live in Italy for any period of time. Hai capito?