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

Key Points:

  • As of Jan. 1, authorities increased the quota of work authorizations to 82,705 for non-EU nationals, including:
    • 44,000 authorizations for seasonal workers in the agricultural and tourism-hotel sectors.
    • 31,205 authorizations for local hires of certain nationalities in specific industries.
    • 7,000 authorizations for changes of status.
    • 500 authorizations for self-employed workers.

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 worker categories. Companies are encouraged to take note of the quota and any relevant exemptions and plan their international recruiting and hiring programs accordingly.

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