IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? Italy has set new work permit quotas for 2017, opening up spots for 30,850 non-EEA nationals in different sectors and positions.
What does the change mean? Non-EU nationals may apply for work permits in specified areas beginning later in March. The quotas are not available for standard employer-sponsored work permits for non-EEA nationals, with a few exceptions as noted below. As usual, applications for intracompany transfers and highly skilled workers, university professors and lecturers, interpreters and executives and managers assigned to an Italian branch of a foreign company, among others, are exempted from the quota limits and can be submitted at any time of the year.
Next steps: Application periods vary depending on the type of work permit. Applications for permit conversions and permits for special categories of foreign nationals may be submitted online beginning March 20. Applications for seasonal work permits may be submitted online beginning March 28. Applications forms will be made available online roughly one week before the filing period begins. Additional instruction on the deadlines set in the quota decree (“decreto-flussi”) is available in a circular posted here.
Background: The Italian government published the 2017 immigrant quota decree last week. This year’s quotas are as follows:
The remaining spots are for those seeking to convert existing permits to work permits.
BAL Analysis: The total quota of 30,850 work permits for non-EEA nationals is roughly on par with what it has been in past years. Exemptions exist for a number of categories of workers. Companies in Italy should take note of the quotas and any relevant exemptions and plan their international recruiting and hiring programs accordingly.
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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