IMPACT – HIGH
What is the change? Italy has implemented regulations adopting the European Union directive on intracompany transfers (ICTs) that applies to managers, specialists and trainees transferred within the same corporate group from a non-EU office to an EU country.
What does the change mean? Permits are valid for three years for ICT managers and specialists and one year for ICT trainees, with a three-month cooling off period before one can reapply for a new ICT permit. Individuals holding an ICT permit from another EU country may work in Italy for up to 90 days simply by notifying authorities; if longer than 90 days, they are exempt from applying for a work visa but must apply for an ICT work and residence permit.
Key points: The ICT permits apply to managers (senior positions, those directing the host entity or supervising other managers), specialists (employees possessing specialized knowledge essential to the host entity’s business activity, techniques or management), and trainees (recent graduates transferred for career development). The Italian entity must be part of the same company or group of companies as the non-EU sending entity.
BAL Analysis: Because application procedures have not yet been released, ICTs may continue to apply under the existing ICT work permit route for managers and high-skilled transferees until further notice, but companies should consult with their BAL professional for advice in individual cases.
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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