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Expat Advice: Working in Florence, Italy

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Florence

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

Tourism, tourism, tourism.

Florence is based on the tourist. At the beginning of the summer months tourism was down and I was in danger of losing my job. My boss had to cut back on my hours for a month because of the lack of tourists.

Career opportunities for outsiders would most likely be in the hotel industry. Working for one of the major hotels in the US first then trying to get transfered overseas is the best way to work the legal way.

What type of work do you do and how did you find your job?

I am a salesperson at the local outdoor market. It's not the most glamorous but it is paying the rent. I got my job through my roomate who works there as well.

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How did you obtain your work permit? What advice would you have for others about work permits?

I don't have a work permit. I wish I did but it's nearly impossible for someone who is not hired by a foreign company or is not a student to attain a work permit.

Have you taken language and cross-cultural training courses to prepare for your assignment? If so, how have they helped you on the job?

I enrolled in a month long Italian class that helped quite a bit. For me, the best way to learn the language has been to live day to day here. Just going to the market or seeing a movie is the best way to learn how the locals speak.

What advice would you offer others about finding jobs and working abroad?

If you can, get hired by an Italian company or find any other way to attain a work permit before getting here because it will make your life 100% easier.

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Visa advice (even if it's a long shot) (56 replies)

Ciao a tutti! I'm very happy to have found this forum. Apologies if my questions have been asked before; I've read through lots of posts but haven't found exactly what I'm looking for. So here goes: Does anyone have experience living in Italy full-time while working as a freelancer for U.S. companies? My husband and I are both U.S. citizens with no other passports, so we are looking at applying for the independent-worker visa, which I have heard (from reading on here, and elsewhere) is hard to get. We know it's a long shot, but we're determined to try, and we'd appreciate any advice you can give that would give us the best chance of success. Some specifics: 1) We are independent contractors -- sole proprietors doing business (editing and writing) under just our names. Is there any benefit to our incorporating, either together or separately, before we apply for the visa? Would we have more luck as employees of our own company? 2) Have you lost any U.S. clients because of your change to an overseas address? 3) If you maintain a U.S. address, do you have some clients pay you there and others pay you at your Italian address? How does that affect your tax situation? (I know the U.S. and Italy have a tax agreement; given the choice, we think we’d rather pay in Italy so we can have access to healthcare.) 4) Assuming we don't run into issues with our U.S. clients, we have no need to get work from Italian clients, which means we won't be taking work away from qualified Italian citizens. Would the consulate be at all receptive to our making our case that way? After all, we’d be earning money from the U.S. but spending it in Italy...isn’t that a desirable thing from the Italian point of view? 5) Our next trip to Italy is in April, and we’ll be there through part of June. We’re not looking to extend that stay -- we have things to be back in the U.S. for anyway -- but rather to start our expat life in summer 2019. When should we apply for the visa? Is there any benefit to looking for legal help in Italy when we’re there this time? And my last question: What am I forgetting to ask you? Thanks in advance for your help!

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Leaving the US for Italy (6 replies)

My husband and I will be relocating to Italy upon my retirement, June 2019. My husband is EU (Germany) and we currently own a little condo in Italy. I took a sabbatical in 2010 for one year and obtained a spousal PdS for five years, however, it has since expired. A friend watched over our home here in the US while we were living in Italy at that time. Now we decided to make the move permanent. I have a few questions: Do I need to notify any US government agencies that we will be moving and staying abroad? If so who do we contact? We are also undecided as to sell our home here in the US or rent it out for income to support our lifestyle in Italy. I understand the responses would be relative towards selling our home, but if you have any insight, that would be helpful. Thanking you in advance for your replies....and I am so happy to be a part of this forum!

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Moving to Nicosia (Sicily) (2 replies)

Hi everybody! Me (32) and my girlfriend (30) are from the Netherlands. We moved to Liguria / Italy last year but we had a lot of set backs. After 1,5 years we wanted to go somewhere else and it turned out it was going to be Sicily. We have been there, and there is a big difference in kindness of people there. They are so much warmer and they are so generous. Unlike the general people in Liguria. Anybody here living in the Enna province? Or better, in Nicosia?

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Thanks! Great advice

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