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What Options Are There for Working in Italy as an American?
Imagine enjoying rich and diverse Italian culture, food, and stunning scenery every day! When you tire of being a tourist, you may decide you want to live in Italy for a while, either temporarily or permanently. For some Americans, this dream is a reality because they have taken one of the different paths for working in Italy as an American.
Option #1: Apply for an Italy Work Visa
Your first option to be allowed to work in Italy as an American citizen is to apply for an Italy work visa. You must first find a prospective employer and secure the offer of a job. Your employer will need to sponsor your work visa.
The employer will normally take care of the initial processes to securing the work visa, like obtaining clearance from the appropriate employment office. The employer must meet specific government requirements to qualify to hire an American for a position with their company, such as proving there are no Italian citizens available to fill the position.
Furthermore, the Italian government caps the number of work visas it issues each year. This can make obtaining a work visa difficult if the total number of visas has already been issued during the calendar year. If this is the case, then the employer would need to wait until the start of the next calendar year to start the process to sponsor you for employment.
Option #2: Apply for Dual Italian American Citizenship
If you are an Italian descendant with ancestors that immigrated from Italy to the United States, you may qualify for dual Italian American citizenship status. You must be able to provide the necessary documentation showing your Italian lineage and satisfy other Italian citizenship requirements.
However, the process and procedure to take this path can be much faster and quicker than waiting to find an employer, obtain employer sponsorship, and secure a work visa. Plus, once you obtain dual citizenship status, you are free to apply to any employer in Italy and never have to worry about needing an Italy work visa to work in Italy.
Additionally, you are no longer bound to the 90-day rule, where foreigners can only stay for 90 days and then must leave Italy. You can stay and live in Italy for as long as you like, whether it is for six months or sixty years!
Furthermore, you can take advantage of all the benefits Italian citizens enjoy and the new opportunities having Italian citizenship status provides. You and your entire family may qualify for dual Italian American citizenship status, so you can bring your family along too!
Option #3: Marry an Italian Citizen
Your third option to be able to work in Italy is to marry an Italian citizen, obtain citizenship status, and then find a job with an employer. This path could also qualify you for dual Italian American citizenship status.
As you can see, you have a few different options to find jobs for U.S. citizensin Italy. The best option, of course, is to see if you qualify for dual citizenship status. To find out more and what is needed to qualify, please feel free to contact the Italian American Citizenship Assistant Program at (305) 812-5512 today! We offer a free 30-minute telephone consultation to answer all of your questions.