Question: I’m a Ghanaian living in Italy legally. My sister, who lives in Ghana, is a photo model and has found an Italian modelling agency willing to bring her to Italy for a photo shoot. How can she come? Should she apply for tourism visa? Thanks.
Answer: Your sister should not apply for tourism visa. This is because a holder of tourism visa is not allowed to work in Italy, not even for a short period.
It is convenient for your sister to apply for a Business visa. You should however be informed that Italian Embassies don’t issue Business visas easily.
In the case of your sister, since there is a modelling agency willing to bring her to Italy, that agency should help her apply for the Business visa by sending her an invitation letter.
She should apply for a Schengen Business visa valid for a maximum period of 90 days. This visa will enable her to travel to all the Schengen states within that period.
For your sister to be issued the Business visa for a modelling job in Italy, she’ll be required to submit any document proving that she is a model. An example could be a modelling work contract with a modelling agency in your home country or elsewhere. In case she has had a contract in the past with the Italian modelling agency, that could also do.
The most important thing is an invitation letter from the Italian modelling agency stating in detail the reason why your sister should come to Italy and the nature of the work she’ll be doing and the terms.
If the agency will guarantee sufficient funds for your sister’s stay, as well as accommodation, round trip air transportation, and full medical insurance coverage, then the agency should declare this in the invitation letter.
With this invitation letter, your sister can apply for the Business visa.
In case the modelling agency doesn’t guarantee sufficient funds for your sister’s trip and upkeep in Italy, she can submit documents proving that she has enough funds to cater for her trip, accommodation and medical insurance coverage.
She can do this by showing a bank statement, cash, a bank letter of guarantee or bank fidejussion. Your sister will also be required to have a medical insurance covering medical expenses of at least 30,000 Euros, and repatriation costs.
By Mariangela Lioy
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