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Au Pair in Italy: visa requirements

Au Pair in Italy visa
Some Au Pairs might need a visa to come to Italy. The requirements depend on the citizenship of the participants. Usually, if the Au Pair is going to stay less than 3 months, a tourist visa will absolutely work. 
 
For longer stays a student visa will be the right choice. There are some requirements that the participant needs to fulfil in this case.
 
Find out general information about these visas just below. 

Tourist visa

If the length of the Au Pair program does not exceed 90 days, the tourist visa will be a solution. Some nationalities might not even need a visa. Citizens of EU countries only need an ID card to enter Italy. Participants of the nationalities stated below only need a passport for a 3 months long stay:
 
Argentina Australia Benin Bolivia Bosnia-Herzegovina
Brazil Burkina Faso Canada Chile Colombia
Costa Rica Ecuador El Salvador Fiji Guatemala
Guyana Honduras Iceland Israel Ivory Coast
Japan Kenya South Korea Republic of Macedonia Malaysia
Maldives Mexico New Zealand Nicaragua Niger
Norway Paraguay Samoa Singapore Switzerland
Togo Trinidad and Tobago Uruguay USA Venezuela

Nationals of other countries will need to apply for a tourist visa to stay in Italy up to 3 months. 
 
For a longer stay, the student visa will be necessary for everyone who is not from within the European Union.

Student visa

If the Au Pair stay is longer than 90 days then all Non-European Union citizens need a visa. The participants need to apply for the visa at the Italian embassy or consulate in their home country. Before submitting the application for a student visa the Au Pair has to enroll in a full-time Italian language course (at least 20 hours per week).
 
The Au Pair will need the following to apply:
  • a statement of the health insurance
  • proof of enrollment in a language course
  • copy of a booked ticket to Italy
  • the passport
  • the letter of invitation from the Host Family 
  • proof of sufficient savings to stay in Italy
It is also possible to obtain a work permit with this visa, however, the Au Pair must meet different requirements. Detailed information and guidance depend on the Au Pair’s nationality and country of residence. Therefore we suggest to contact the Italian embassy or consulate for more details.

What else?

  • The Au Pair in Italy should apply for a residence permit at the local migration office during the first 8 days after the arrival. This permit is called “permesso di soggiorno” and is only needed for stays longer than 90 days.
  • Applicants from Australia, New Zealand or Canada can obtain a Working Holiday visa and enter Italy this way. 
  • The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs provides you with detailed information about the right kind of the visa and the visa application.



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