Rules eased for certificates of coverage

27 Oct 16



What is the change? Italy has eased its requirements of certificates of coverage for high-skilled foreign nationals applying for work permits, and will no longer require that they be translated and legalized.

What does the change mean? The change will save significant time for applicants who need the certificate of coverage to be exempt from Italian social security payments.

  •  Implementation time frame: Immediate.
  •  Visas/permits affected: Certificates of coverage.
  •  Who is affected: High-skilled foreign nationals applying for work permits who want to be exempt from Italian social security payments.
  •  Impact on processing times: Overall processing times will be faster, as the translation and legalization process can be lengthy.
  •  Business impact: The policy change removes a step and layer of red tape in the Italian work permit process.

Background: The Italian Ministries of Labour and Interior have amended a July circular that set requirements for high-skilled foreign nationals. Certificates of coverage are submitted to evidence a bilateral agreement on social security between the home country and host country.

BAL Analysis: The easing of the certificate of coverage will help to simplify overall document preparation and shorten processing time lines.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Italy. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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