Key Points:

  • Foreign nationals can now start working in Italy before the Contract of Stay is signed.
  • Once an individual receives their work permit (Nulla Osta) and obtains a visa to enter the country, they can begin working, including for:
    • Subordinate and seasonal work.
    • Blue Card holders and intra-corporate transfers.
    • Jobs not limited by immigration quotas.
  • Previously, foreign nationals could only begin working in Italy if they had received their work permit, obtained a visa and signed the Contract of Stay.

Additional Information: More information regarding the improved work authorization rights is available here.

BAL Analysis: The Italian government no longer requires foreign nationals to sign the Contract of Stay before beginning work in the country to simplify the work authorization process for foreign workers.

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