The Italian government has published its annual quota for workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA).

Key Points:

  • As of Jan. 1, authorities have set a quota of 69,700 work authorizations for non-EU nationals, including:
    • 42,000 authorizations for seasonal workers in the agricultural and tourism-hotel sectors.
    • 27,700 authorizations for local hires of certain nationalities in specific industries.
    • 2,000 authorizations for changes of status.
    • 500 authorizations self-employed workers.
    • 200 authorizations for other categories.

Additional Information: Each year, the Italian government issues a decree that defines the number of quota-subject non-EEA workers who can be admitted to be employed locally by Italian companies. 

BAL Analysis: Employers are reminded that exemptions exist for a number of categories of workers and that there are other quota categories, such as EU Blue Cards and Intra Company Transferees. Companies are encouraged to take note of the quotas and any relevant exemptions and plan their international recruiting and hiring programs accordingly.

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