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WHY BE AN AU PAIR IN ITALY?

Italy is a very traditional country, being the third country within the European Union with the biggest number of tourists per year, due to its infinite history as well as to it particular cuisine; Rome is the third most-visited city.

It has almost 61 million inhabitants. Among the most popular cities we may find its capital city, Rome, and the also beautiful Milan, Venice, and Florence, as well as amazing islands such as Sicily and Sardinia.

It is an ideal destination since it is a Mediterranean country with different climates, which makes Italy a great destination with multiple options for fun and recreation. We may visit the beach on the coast and also play with the snow near the mountains. Other remarkable aspect is the Italian cuisine that is famous worldwide, with the most popular dishes including pasta, such as lasagne and noodles, pizzas and, of course, the Italian ice-cream.

The main Italian cities are:

Cities

Inhabitants

Rome

2,318,895

Milan

1,236,837

Naples

959,470

Turin

870,456

Palermo

648,260

 

MAIN CONDITIONS OF THE AU PAIR PROGRAMME IN ITALY:

  • Range of accepted age: 18-30 years old
  • Working hours: 30 hours per week that may be extended or reduced as agreed upon with the host family and pursuant to the weekly pay established.
  • Holidays and free days: the Au Pair shall have a holiday week every three months. The Au Pair must have at least one free day, always including Sundays.
  • Ticket expenses: the Au Pair will bear any expenses involved in her/his trip, unless the family are willing to pay such expenses, either in whole or in part.
  • Insurance: if the Au Pair belongs to a member state of the European Union and she/he is not going to stay longer than three months in Italy, she/he must request the European Health Card, which is valid in Italy, although subject to a copayment, so when making use of any health services in Italy, she/he will have to pay a small portion of such health services. In the case of European citizens, if their stay in Italy will exceed three months, apart from the health card, they must register with the registry of inhabitants, obtain a tax identification number, and the host family must pay a small contribution to the National Health Service. In the case of non-European citizens, the Au Pairs must hire a private health insurance that, in Italy, is usually paid by the host family.
  • Language: no Italian level is required at all; however, for the Au Pair to be integrated as soon as possible into the family life and Italian culture, she/he should have a basic Italian level.
  • Weekly pay: EUR 60-90, USD 65-95, GBP 45-65

 

VISA

EU OR EFTA COUNTRIES:

Citizens of the European Union or EFTA do not need any visa to be an Au Pair in Italy. They only need a valid passport, an agreement executed with the family, and register upon arrival in Italy, in the case of long-term stays, with the registry of inhabitants, and request a tax identification number; the family must obtain a certificate of host family in any police station.

 

COUNTRIES HAVING A WORKING HOLIDAY VISA AGREEMENT WITH ITALY: 

Australia, Canada, and New Zealand have a Working Holiday agreement with Italy, by means of which citizens from said countries may request this type of visa.

To that effect, they must contact the Italian embassy in the source country in order to check requirements, expected number of visas they will need for a year and file their request. 

 

OTHER COUNTRIES:

Any Au Pairs not included in the foregoing list will need to request an Au Pair visa for Italy, the student visa being the easiest to get, for which purposes you must sign up for an approved Italian course of 20 weekly hours, your host family must submit the letter of invitation and the agreement, as well as a statement indicating that they will take you in, and evidence of sufficient financial means. After obtaining the visa, you need to request a residence permit.

 

Essential links:  

Italian embassies around the world

http://www.esteri.it/MAE/en/ministero/laretediplomatica/ambasciate/default.html

Information on Italia for foreigners

http://www.poliziadistato.it/articolo/10617/

Information on the residence permit

http://www.poliziadistato.it/articolo/view/10717/

 

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