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Updated March 2023

Italy boasts a rich cultural and artistic legacy, as well as a comprehensive set of employee benefits such as vacation time, maternity leave, and overtime compensation. It’s no wonder that many consider Italy to be one of the most desirable places to work worldwide, including the UAE residents. We have gathered all the relevant information necessary to acquire an Italy work visa for UAE residents below.

Italy work visa for UAE residents 2023

Residents or citizens of UAE looking to work in Italy are required to apply for an Italy work visa, also known as the Nulla Osta.

The Italian work visa mainly falls under the category of a long-stay visa, also referred to as a National or D-Visa. However, the Italian work visa only allows employees to enter the country, which means UAE applicants intending to stay in Italy need to apply for a residence permit upon arrival.

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Quota reservations

The authorities have stated that the applications for work permits under the 2023 quota can be submitted from 27 March to 31 December 2023, provided quotas are still available. As explained by Italian authorities, the quotas or decreto flussi for 2023 are:

  • 44,000 for seasonal subordinate work in the agricultural and tourist-hotel sectors for nationals of the countries with an existing cooperation agreement on migration with Italy, including Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Ivory Coast, Japan, Kosovo, Mali, Mauritius, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Republic of North Macedonia, Senegal, Serbia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tunisia, and Ukraine
  • 30,105 for non-seasonal subordinate work in the sectors of road haulage for third parties, construction, tourism-hotel, mechanics, telecommunications, food and shipbuilding:
    • Out of these, 24,105 quotas are reserved for nationals of the countries with an existing agreement as mentioned above, and 6,000 for nationals of countries still to enter into an agreement with Italy in 2023
  • 7,000 for the conversion of certain existing residence permits into subordinate and autonomous work residence permits
  • 1,000 for people who have completed training and education programs abroad as approved by the Ministry of Labour and Education
  • 500 for autonomous workers such as entrepreneurs, freelancers, start-ups, professionals, famous artists and directors and auditors of Italian companies
  • 100 for people residing in Venezuela who have Italian origin up to the third-degree direct line of ancestry through at least one parent


The Italy work visa has a validity of up to two years, depending on the employment contract. However, the work permit can be renewed for up to five years.

Required documents

The following documents are required to apply for the Italy work visa from the UAE:

  • copy of your signed work contract
  • the original and a copy of your Nulla Osta (the Italy work visa)
  • completed Italian Long-Stay Visa Application form
  • passport valid for at least three months after the visa duration with a minimum of two blank pages
  • passport pictures that are in line with Italy visa photo requirements
  • proof of sufficient financial means, accommodation in Italy, and paid visa fee
  • diplomas/other certificates

Please note that this may not be an exhaustive list of prerequisites. The Italian government has the discretion to request any documents it deems necessary.

In addition to filling out the necessary paperwork for the Italy work visa, applicants will also need to provide any additional documents requested by their employer in Italy. To find out what specific paperwork is required, applicants should contact their company directly. The employer will be submitting the applicant’s work permit application to the immigration office in their province, and each office may have different requirements.

How to apply for an Italy work visa from the UAE 2023?

UAE residents who have been offered a job in Italy can apply for an Italian work visa. Here are the steps to follow:

  • the employer applies for a work permit at the immigration office in their respective Italian province.
  • after the work permit has been granted, the employer will send it to the employee and notify the Consulate General of Italy in Dubai or the Embassy of Italy in Abu Dhabi, where the employee will further apply for a work visa
  • the employee will now have to download and complete the Italy visa application form, collect all necessary documents and submit the application in person at the Italian embassy or consulate
  • in case the Italian authorities approve the application, the employee will have six months to pick up the visa and enter Italy

Please note that an additional permit to stay in Italy must be applied for within eight days of entering the country. The Italy residence permit (permesso di soggiorno) can be obtained at a local post office.

UAE residents can apply for an Italy work visa either from the Consulate General of Italy in Dubai or the Embassy of Italy in Abu Dhabi at the following addresses:

Embassy of Italy

Etihad Towers, Tower 3, Floor 19th and 28th. P.O. Box 46752, Abu Dhabi
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: (+971) 2 443 5622

Consulate General of Italy

17 Floor World Trade Center, Sheik Zayed Rd. P.O. Box 9250 – Dubai
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: (+971) 4 331 4167

Italy work visa for UAE residents price

The cost of an Italian work visa is typically EUR116 (AED 453.61). It is important to note, however, that the visa fees may vary based on factors such as the applicant’s country of origin and the purpose of their stay in Italy.


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