On 29 December 2014, Italy enacted the Decreto Flussi (an annual decree) setting out quotas that apply in respect of the number of foreign workers in Italy under various categories. It is important that immigration and global mobility professionals with workers destined for Italy are aware of the terms of the decree, which sets out the framework, practices, and rules for the issuance of work permits to foreigners.
On 29 December 2014, Italy enacted its annual decree setting out quotas that apply in respect of the number of foreign workers in Italy under various categories. The decree – known as the Decreto Flussi1 – explains in detail the limits for each category of worker/citizen permitted to enter with a relevant work permit, the timing for the submission of the work permit request, and how to apply for the relevant work permit. All application forms must be presented in Italian.
For coverage of last year’s quotas, see Flash International Executive Alert 2014-015 (5 February 2014).
In order to be employed in Italy, foreign citizens have to apply for a work permit.2 Every year, the Italian labor authorities establish the number of work permits available. Work visas are issued under the quota system and are therefore released in a pre-determined number, set out in the decree.
It is important that immigration and global mobility professionals with workers destined for Italy in 2015 are aware of the terms of the decree, which sets out the framework, practices, and rules for the issuance of work permits to foreigners. Please note that temporary assignments (more than three months and up to two years (or in some instances, five years)), depending on the terms and type of assignment, are not included under the quota system. They are authorized according to Italian immigration rules following specific procedures.
For further background on Italy’s labor market policies and quotas, see Flash International Executive Alert 2014-015 (5 February 2014).
The decree enacted on 29 December 2014, specifies that 17,850 foreign workers are allowed to enter into Italy, effective from 1 January 2015, for reasons of non-seasonal employment and self-employment.
This number includes the share of 2,000 units* provided in relation to EXPO Milan 2015.
* A unit = one person
The decree provides for 2,400 units allocated for foreign citizens who belong to the following categories:
The term ‘subordinate’ refers to an employee and the term ‘autonomous’ refers to a self-employed individual.
Subordinate Workers Conversion
Autonomous Workers Conversion
1,000 foreign citizens who have a diploma obtained abroad may be allowed to enter. There is also an additional quota of 100 units for autonomous workers or subordinates who live in Argentina, Uruguay, Venezuela, or Brazil and are of Italian origin.
1 The new Decreto Flussi was published in Gazzetta Ufficiale (the Italian government’s official gazette) on 29 December 2014. For the Decreto Flussi (in Italian) see: http://www.gazzettaufficiale.it/eli/id/2014/12/29/14A09970/sg.
2 It is authorized by means of a “nulla osta” from the "Sportello Unico per l'Immigrazione" in Italy. The “permesso di soggiorno” (a residence permit) is also required for workers to work and stay in Italy.
This article is excerpted with permission from “Italy – Quota System in Force for Issuance of Work Permits” (January 2015), a publication of the KPMG International member firm in Italy.
For further information or assistance, please contact your local GMS or People Services practice professional* or one of the following immigration network professionals with the KPMG International member firm in Italy:
Tel.: +39 02 67645916
Tel.: +39 02 67645938
* Please note that KPMG LLP (U.S.) does not provide immigration services.
The information contained in this newsletter was submitted by the KPMG International member firm in Italy.
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