In order to work in Italy, NON-EU citizens must obtain a work authorization and visa. Immigration for work purposes in Italy is based on a quota system which is fixed annually by means of a Decree — the so-called “decreto-flussi“. The decree sets the numerical limits (quota) for each category of foreign nationals allowed to apply for a work permit and the period during which applications can be submitted. Work permits are normally granted on a first-come, first-served basis.
During the last few years due to the high unemployment rate (which is higher amongst foreigners who already live in the country) quotas have been issued only for categories like seasonal workers, conversion of study permits, and only a very limited number for the various categories of self-employment permits.
Some categories of workers are excluded from the cap and are not subject to a fixed limit, such as ICT assignments, highly qualified workers, executives or managerial employees assigned to the Italian branch of a foreign legal entity, university lecturers and professors, translators, and interpreters, professional nurses, researchers, etc.
The EU Blue Card is one of the extra quota work permits for non-EU highly specialized workers to work in Italy. It can be applied for at any time of the year, as it is not subject to the limitations of the immigration quotas. The application is to be submitted by the Company which is interested to hire the worker.
IT CANNOT BE APPLIED FOR DIRECTLY BY THE WORKER!!
The procedure for obtaining a Blue card work permit is the following:
Validity: the Police issues an EU Blue Card residence permit (Permesso di soggiorno Carta Blu UE) valid for 2 years for open-end work contracts or for the validity of the contract plus 3 months, in case of a fixed-term job contract;
Change employer: for the first 2 years, the worker cannot change job without the change must be previously approved by the Immigration Office;
EU mobility: after 18 months, the worker can move to another EU country with no need to obtain a new visa. Each country has its own specific requirements and conditions and the worker cannot start working without having complied with local regulations;
Family: the worker is entitled to bring his/her family (spouse and children up to 18) who can obtain a family permit which allows the spouse to work;
Healthcare: worker and family can register with the National Health Service, read our ARTICLE;
Residency: worker and family are entitled to register with the City Hall (Comune) where they are “residents” and obtain an ID card;
Taxes: you should consult with a tax expert to check tax obligations, exemptions, benefits, etc.
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One of the leading corporate immigration lawyers in Italy. Admitted to the Milan Bar Association (1988) and to the Taipei Bar Association (2016), a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and an accredited partner of Invest in Tuscany.
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