U.S. & Canadian Citizens
If you are a TEFL student from outside the EU area, you can apply for a 3 month tourist visa, and you are free to study during this period. For candidates from the United States, the 90 day tourist visa is automatic and there is no need for paperwork. During the three months you could also offer private tutoring on a free lance basis.
Would you like to stay long term and work in Italy?
For those of you who would like to stay longer than 90 days (tourist visa) and work in Italy who reside outside the EU area, it is quite complicated to obtain a work visa. This is due to government regulations requiring employers to prove that someone from within Italy or the EU cannot do the same job as you. For English teachers, this means getting sponsored for a visa essentially requires you to compete with the entire UK. The odds are not in your favor.
The good news is, it is not impossible! You could apply for a long-stay student visa which allows you to be eligible to work up to 20 hours per week. A minimum of 20 study hours per week over a course of more than 6 months is required for this visa to be approved. This means you’ll need to sign up for some kind of course during that time. Our TEFL + Professional Development course is a great option:
TEFL + Professional Development Course
Long-term student visa
According to the Italian Consulate, a long-term student visa allows the applicant to stay in the country for a period of longer than 180 days. Please note that having a long-term student visa doesn’t automatically mean you’ll be able to legally sign a contract as you will first have to apply for the permesso di soggiorno which can take a while. Once received you will be able to sign a contract.
For U.S applicants, remember that processing times for visas can take up to 3 months including gathering all the required paperwork. Give yourself enough time to complete everything you need.