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Italy-Canada Youth Exchange Program (Working Holiday Visa)

Following the signing in 2006 of the Memorandum of Understanding between Italy and Canada on the Youth Exchange Program, the youth exchange Working-Holiday Program will again allow 1,000 youths between 18 and 35 years of age from either Country to spend up to 12 months in the other Country and seek temporary paid employment.

This is a significant opportunity for Canadian youths to develop a deeper understanding of the Italian language, culture and lifestyle. Furthermore, the Working Holiday Program allows them to find work opportunities in Italy for a maximum period of six months. The Visa is not renewable and participation is allowed one time only.



The Embassy of Italy in Ottawa and the Consulates General of Italy in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver will accept Working Holiday Program applications from Canadian citizens residing in their respective geographical jurisdictions:

Embassy of Italy in Ottawa (for the Counties of Carleton, Dundas, Glengary, Grenville, Russell and Stormont, Prescott and the Outaouais Region);

Italian Consulate General in Toronto (for the Provinces of Ontario, Manitoba and North WestTerritories);

Italian Consulate General in Montreal (for the Provinces of Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland);

Italian Consulate General in Vancouver (for the Provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Yukon Territory).

Similarly, Italian Citizens who wish to apply to this program for Canada must contact the Canadian Embassy in Rome.

Canadian citizens who wish to participate in this bilateral program must obtain the necessary visa before leaving Canada. They CANNOT apply for their visa after arriving in Italy.



Applicants must meet the following requirements:

1. be between 18 and 35 years of age on the date of application;

2. be a Canadian citizen, reside in Canada and possess a valid Canadian passport.



1. Proof of residence within the Ottawa consular jurisdiction area: domestic utility bill or driving license (original and a photocopy).

2. Working Holyday Visa application form* carefully and correctly completed and signed.

Please ensure that you leave no blank spaces. If a question does not apply to you, enter N/A (not applicable).

3. One recent passport-size colour photo (must have been taken less than six months before the application), size 35mm x 40mm, full-face and light coloured background. Face must be correctly centred and must be seen from a front view, with both sides visible. Styled poses (looking over one shoulder, head bowed etc.) are not allowed. The head must be free of all headgear, no hats, scarves, headbands or other decorative objects;

4. Your passport, which must be valid for at least 3 months after the visa expiry date, as well as photocopies of the first 2 pages and of visas previously issued, if any. Furthermore, there must be at least two blank pages in the passport;

5. A copy of your round trip flight reservation and full itinerary.

Buying your ticket in advance does not ensure that a visa will be issued;

6. Have sufficient financial resources, a minimum of 200 Euro for each of the twelve months, for a total amount of Euro 2,400 equivalent to C$ 3,500 (approximately). The availability of these funds must be shown by providing:

  • bank statements for the last 3 months;
  • a credit card in the applicant's name with sufficient credit to cover costs.

7. Health Insurance policy with a minimum coverage of Euro 30.000 for emergency medical consultation, including hospitalization and repatriation, for the entire length of the stay (12 months);

8. Proof of accommodation in Italy (at least for the first part of the stay).

9. A curriculum vitae (resume).

In the application form, the applicant must:

  • declare his/her intention to purchase, once in the host country, a private work insurance policy covering civil responsibilities and/or extra work insurance, if requested by the employer;
  • declare that the reason for the stay is an extended holiday, with the opportunity of being employed temporarily in order to increase personal financial resources (required taxes must be paid), and that he/she is not accompanied by dependents.

Incomplete visa applications will not be accepted and will be returned without processing.

Please note this Consular Office reserves the right to ask for additional documents at any time during processing. Submission of the listed documents does not guarantee that a visa is granted.



Applicants must book an appointment in order to submit their application and ALL the required documents in person.

Please register and book your appointment on our online portal: Prenot@mi

Users will not be asked to pay any fee in order to book an appointment.



Consular Visa fees (non-refundable) are to be paid in Canadian dollars and in cash the day of the appointment. They vary depending upon the type of visa, duration of stay and exchange rate. Please consult our list of Visa Consular Fees at: Consular services fees (



  • The processing time for the visa is approximately 10 days from the date in which you submit the application and document.
  • The border authorities may refuse entry to a foreign national who does not have adequate financial means or is unable to provide full details regarding the purpose of his/her stay in Italy, or for reasons of security or public order. Make sure to have with you copy of the visa supporting documents.
  • The procedure for the authorization of the “Permesso di Soggiorno” (residency permit) must be initiated within 8 days of arriving in Italy in order to validate the 12 months visa. Therefore, the holder of the Working Holiday Visa is kindly requested to visit the “Questura” (Police Headquarters) with his Canadian passport, and a photocopy thereof, along with 4 passport-size photos and one “imposta di bollo” (tax stamp) of Euro 16, and submit application for a “Permesso di Soggiorno” by filling out the appropriate application form.
  • The addresses and contact information of the various “Questure” are available at: Subsequently the employer will apply for the work authorization to the “Sportello Unico per l’Immigrazione – SUI” (local immigration office), and this will allow the holder of the Working Holiday Visa to work for a maximum period of 90 days with one employer and an additional 90 days with a different employer, for a total of 180 days.