When you’re establishing a team in a new country, you will likely need to bring on nationals as well as nonnationals to manage local operations. It’s up to you as an employer to make sure any nonnational employees have the appropriate documentation to live and work in your chosen country.
Types of Work Visas in the Holy See
To work in the Holy See, your employees will need to enter Italy with the appropriate visa. Once they have entered Italy, they can be admitted into Vatican City and any extraterritorial properties without additional visa requirements. Vatican City maintains an open border with Italy, which makes business between the two regions convenient. The open border also means that Italy’s visa laws apply to your employees.
A stay for up to 90 days does not require a Holy See work visa. However, if an employee stays in the region long-term, they may need to obtain an Italian business visa depending on their country of citizenship. Members of the European Union (EU) may work freely in Italy, as can citizens of countries within the European Economic Area (EEA).
Individuals outside of these jurisdictions will need to obtain a long-term visa to enter the country. Once they arrive in Italy, they will need to apply for residency to obtain a Holy See work permit.
Requirements to Obtain Holy See Work Visas
Your employees will need to present documentation to prove their identities and their purpose for travel. Requirements generally include:
- A long-stay work visa application
- A signed copy of the employment contract
- The original Nulla Osta permission to work in Italy and a copy
- A passport valid at least three months after the visa expires
- Passport pictures
- Proof of adequate finances and payment of the visa fee
- Any qualifying certifications
As you begin acquiring work visas and permits for your employees, you’ll need to contact your nearest consulate or embassy to get the latest information on requirements. Keep in mind that the visa or permit application process may vary based on your employee’s nationality. It’s critical to confirm your process with the appropriate embassy.
That said, you can take a few general steps to manage the application process more efficiently. Plan adequate time to:
- Contact your nearest embassy about visa and permit requirements for your employees.
- Gather all required documents.
- Complete the application form and submit all the relevant documentation to the proper government office.
- Wait for approval of the application.
Other Important Considerations
Only employees who will be residing in Vatican City instead of in Rome or a surrounding region can apply for citizenship in the state. In the Holy See, citizenship is by vocation, not by birth. As a result, you will most likely be employing a majority of noncitizens.
Some employees may not need a visa to enter the country. It’s a good idea to confirm with any airlines they will be using that they can board without a visa.
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