Special Cases: visas for professional training and work placements

Special Cases: visas for professional training and work placements

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Special Cases: visas for professional training and work placements

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Visas for professional training are issued solely on the basis of the three-yearly quotas established by the Ministry for Employment and Foreign Affairs and only when specific requirements are met. 

Entrance to attend professional training courses

Foreign nationals over the age of 18 can follow higher-level study courses or technical-professional training on a full-time basis and for a maximum period of 24 months only if the training acquired in their country of origin corresponds to the type of course they wish to sign up for.
Furthermore, any such courses must be by offered by public or private bodies that have been approved by the relevant Ministry and upon termination, a certification recognised by the Italian state must be issued.
To apply for a study visa, a non-EU foreign national must submit the enrolment certificate and a copy of a valid passport to his/her Italian Consolate, as well as documentation that certifies suitable accommodation has been arranged and the economic means to support him/herself for the entire duration of the course.

Entrance for training work placements in private companies

Entrance visas for training work placements are dependent on the presentation of a detailed training project by one of the following:

  • employment centre;
  • universities and state and non-state university education institutions that are licensed to issue academic qualifications;
  • educational agencies;
  • state and non-state scolastic institutions that issue legally recognised academic qualifications;
  • public professional training centres and centres operating in agreement with the relevant region or province;
  • therapeutic centres, auxiliary bodies and social co-operatives, provided they are listed in specific regional registers, where applicable;
  • work placement programmes for disabled persons managed by public bodies, as delegated by the region;
  • non-profit private training institutions;

Once the training programme and agreement is stipulated, the organising body arranges to apply for the necessary approval from the relevant Region which certifies the validity and the adequacy of the project in relation to the curriculum of the non-EU citizen to whom the placement has been offered.

If the Region recognises the validity of the project, a visa is issued and a copy given to the applicant body.

To obtain the visa the non-EU citizen must submit the relevant training course/work placement documentation, that has been approved by the relevant Regional office, to the Italian Consolate.

Once in Italy, within 8 days, the non-EU citizen must present him/herself at the “Sportello Amico” desk in the Post Office and complete the paperwork “kit” to apply for a residence permit. The Post Office employee issues a valid receipt as proof of application and submission to the Central Questura office for the residence permit, subject to photographic analysis of fingerprints.

The Questura issues a residence permit for study purposes for the duration of the work placement indicated in the training project.

This permit allows one to register with the national health service and at the registry office. Furthermore, prior to the expiry date, it can be converted to a residence permit for subordinate employment or self-employment.

Last update: martedì 07 june 2016
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