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ITALY: 5,000 New Work Visas Available and 1,300 Work Visas Left Over from 2010

Five thousand new work visas are available for those who want to come to Italy to learn a trade, and 1,300 work visas left over from last year are available.

For non-European Union nationals who want to come to Italy to learn a trade, the government has announced 5,000 work visas for those who want to participate in a training course. The course must be previously accredited, for a maximum of 2 years, with the applicant receiving a certificate at the completion of the course. An additional 5,000 visas are available for internships that must be approved by the Region where the internship will take place. In either case, the applicant must file an application at the Italian Consulate abroad with the necessary documentation as stated above.

Upon entry into Italy with the visa, a permit of stay for studies will be issued. Upon completion of the training/internship, it may be possible to convert the study permit into a full-time subordinate work permit of stay, if the applicant finds a sponsor and a conversion is available at that time.

Also, 1,300 work visas left over from last year have been re-issued and are available. These are to be used to convert a currently valid permit of stay into one for subordinate work: 597 to convert a permit of stay for study or internship; 571 to convert a permit of stay for seasonal work; 99 to convert a long-term permit of stay from another European Union (EU) country; and 5 to convert a long-term permit of stay from another EU country into self-employment.

Preference will be given to those with a seasonal work permit ready to expire. The Ministry of Labor noted that some workers already present in Italy could find themselves at risk regarding both their immigration status and ability to work.

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