What is the change? Italy’s Ministry of Labor has clarified that it will issue intracompany work permits for joint venture arrangements.

What does the change mean? Non-EU workers may obtain work permits for joint-venture agreements executed by a foreign company and an Italian host company.

  • Implementation timeframe: Immediate.
  • Visas/permits affected: Intracompany transfer (ICT) work permits.
  • Who is affected: Non-EU foreign nationals sent to Italy by a company which has entered a joint-venture agreement with a host company.
  • Business impact: The inclusion of joint ventures in issuances of work permits gives businesses more flexibility than if the companies were required to be in the same corporate ownership structure.

Background: The Ministry of Labor has confirmed in a private letter issued in response to a query that it will treat joint ventures as corporate affiliates for purposes of issuing intracompany transfer (ICT) work permits. Previously, a sending company that did not have an affiliate in Italy could not apply for an ICT work permit and instead was required to apply for a Service Agreement work permit that involves stricter requirements and longer processing times.

BAL Analysis: The new policy will ease intracompany transfers by allowing foreign companies to enter a joint venture with a host company and apply for ICT permits under procedures that are less onerous than Service Agreement work permits.

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