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Complete guide to the working holiday visa to participate in a youth exchange program in Italy, requirements and application process.

If you are a youngster from Australia, Canada, New Zealand or South Korea, you may be eligible to apply for an Italy Working Holiday Visa.

Italy takes part in the Working Holiday Program, which is a mutual cultural exchange program that makes it possible for young people (aged 18-30*) from a participating country to live and work in another participating country.

Currently, Italy has Working Holiday Visa agreements with the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • South Korea

Young people aged 18-30 from the above-mentioned countries can apply for a Working Holiday Visa for Italy. This visa allows them to live and work in Italy for up to a year.

However, they can only work for six months, and for no more than three months per employer.

A total of 1,000 visas are usually issued to young people from all participating countries.

*For Canadians, the age limit is 18-35.

What are the requirements for an Italian Working Holiday Visa?

The requirements for obtaining an Italian Working Holiday Visa are:

  • Be a resident of either Australia, Canada, New Zealand or South Korea.
  • Be aged 18 to 30 (except for Canadian residents for whom the limit is 35 years of age).
  • You cannot have any minor dependants in your application.
  • You must not have received a Working Holiday Visa for any participating country before.
  • Have a valid passport with at least two blank pages. Your passport must be valid for at least another three months after your Italian Working Holiday Visa ends. In addition, you must have:
    • Photocopy of your passport’s bio-data page.
    • Photocopies of any previous visas.
  • Have a valid return ticket or prove that you have the necessary financial means to purchase one at a later date.
  • Show proof of sufficient financial means to provide for yourself for the duration of the stay (at least €200 for each month, meaning a minimum of €2,400 overall). You must show proof of financial means by way of bank statements from the last three months and a credit card in your name.
  • Obtain health insurance of at least €30,000, covering you for the duration of your stay in case of emergency, hospitalization, or repatriation.
  • Be in good health.
  • Show proof of accomodation at least for the first part of your stay.
  • Proof of paid Italy visa fee.

This is not a complete and exhaustive list of the requirements and documents you must provide when you apply for a Working Holiday Visa for Italy. Depending on your country and specific situation, you may need to provide additional documents. The Italian authorities also hold the right to ask for any additional documents they see fit.

Where to apply for an Italy Working Holiday Visa?

You must apply for the Working Holiday Visa for Italy at the Italian embassy or consulate in your country which covers your district.

CanadaConsulate General of Italy in MontrealThe provinces of:



New Brunswick

Nova Scotia

Quebec (except the Outaouais region)

Prince Edward Island


Embassy of Italy in OttawaOttawa


The Region of Outaouais

The Counties of Carleton Dundas






Consulate General of Italy in TorontoThe province of Ontario


The province of Manitoba

The territories of the North West

Consulate General of Italy in VancouverThe provinces of:


British Columbia



The territory of the Yukon

AustraliaEmbassy of Italy in AdelaideThe State of Southern Australia
Consulate of Italy in BrisbaneThe State of Queensland, and the Northern territory
Embassy of Italy in CanberraFederal Capital territory


The city of Queanbeyan and Cooma in the State of Southern New Wales

The Republic of Nauru

The Republic of Vanuatu

Solomon Islands

The Republic of Fiji

The Independent State of Papua-Nuova Guinea

General Consulate of Italy in MelbourneThe States of Victoria and Tasmania
Consulate of Italy in PerthWestern Australia and Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Consulate General of Italy in SydneyNew South Wales
South KoreaEmbassy of Italy in SeoulCovers the entirety of South Korea
New ZealandEmbassy of Italy in WellingtonCovers the entirety of New Zealand

How to apply for an Italy Working Holiday Visa?

You must first book an appointment beforehand with the adequate Italian embassy/consulate in your country.

On the date of your appointment, you must apply in person at the Italian embassy/consulate and have all the required documents.

You will also have to pay a non-refundable Italy visa fee.

If you receive the Working Holiday Visa, you have three months to travel to Italy. You are allowed to stay for a maximum of 12 months from the date you first enter Italy.

Residence Permit for an Italian Working Holiday Visa

Once you enter Italy have 8 days to apply for an Italian residence permit (Permesso di Soggiorno). You have to apply for your residence permit at the Immigration office (Ufficio Immigrazione) of the local Police Headquarters in Italy (Questura). This is the permit that allows you to stay in Italy long-term.

The documents you must submit for a residence permit for a Working Holiday visa are:

  • Application form (available at the Questura)
  • 4 passport-sized pictures
  • Duty stamp (Marca da Bollo), which costs around €14
  • Your valid passport with the Italian Working Holiday Visa sticker
  • Photocopies of your passport’s bio-data page and the Working Holiday Visa
  • Photocopy of your health insurance

Work permit for Italian Working Holiday Visa

If you want to work, your prospective employer must apply for a work permit (Nulla Osta al lavoro) on your behalf at the Italian Immigration Office (Sportello Unico per l’Immigrazione).

You must apply for a work permit within 20 days of entering Italy.

When you employer submits your work permit application, they have to present your residence permit. If your residence permit has not been issued yet, they can present the receipt you were given when you applied for your residence permit.

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