Work Permit for artists, actors and film crews

Oct 13, 2020

In order to perform in Italy foreign artists are required to obtain a work permit/visa and residence permit (if required), regardless of the duration of the work to be performed. Performing in Italy always require a work authorization, either in the form of a work permit or work visa. Entry on business is allowed only if the individuals travel to Italy for business meeting and orientation tours.

Entry into Italy for the purpose of artistic subordinate employment is not subject to the “quota” limits and is regulated by Art.27, c.1 letters l) m) n) o) of Italian Immigration law.

The work permit application is filed with a specific office within the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy. The crew/artists/staff/entertainers must be sponsored by an Italian entity/co-producer, even if they remain employees of the foreign company. In this case, the Italian entity/co-producer must be previously appointed by the foreign employer by means of a notarised “contract of agency” (Mandato di rappresentanza). It is vital that the sponsor/host entity in Italy provides evidence of compliance with fiscal and social security obligations.

Artists, even if remaining hired above, must comply with the relevant social security obligations in Italy, unless otherwise established by bilateral social security agreements. The work authorization is issued for an initial period not exceeding twelve months. An extension is possible under specific conditions. Once the work permit is issued, applicants must obtain the relevant visa from the Italian consulate having jurisdiction over their place of residency abroad, then travel to Italy and apply for the residence permit within 8 days from arrival (for stays over 90 days).

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