Working in Italy: A faster immigration procedure (for limited categories of work permits) has been introduced

Jun 23, 2022

The procedure for getting work permit clearance (In Italian: Nulla Osta) for non-EU citizens in relation to the application for subordinate work under the 2021 and 2022 Decreto Flussi (to be soon announced) has been officially simplified.

This measure has been introduced by the government as Italy is facing a shortage of manpower in many production sectors (manufacturing, agriculture, catering, etc.).

Yet, it must be clear that the simplification measure does not apply to all types of work permits. More specifically, this procedure will apply to the work permit application of subordinate work submitted under the Decreto Flussi of 2021 and 2022. It does not apply to intra-company permits, Blue Card permit and other permits for special categories of workers set forth under art. 27 Immigration Law (journalists, nurses, translators, researchers, etc.)

Details of the simplification procedure:

  • Timing: 
    1) The work permit (Nulla Osta) shall be issued within 30 days, instead of 60 days.
    2) The visa shall be issued within 20 days from the day of its request.
  • Requirements to start working in Italy
    The Nulla Osta issued under the conditions specified above, shall be considered as an authorization to carry out the work activity on the national territory even without prior:
    1)  signing of the contract of stay
    2) request for a residence permit for work reasons.

Please note that this does not mean that the signing of the contract of stay and the request for a residence permit are not required. The simplification procedure allows the foreigner to start working before carrying out these formalities, but they shall be completed in the manner requested by the Italian authorities. Furthermore, in case the Italian authorities later find out that the foreigner does not comply with all the requiremets, such nulla osta, visa, etc., can be revoked.

See also (external link to the Italian Official Gazette): DECRETO-LEGGE 21 giugno 2022, n. 73 

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