Decree on migration flows 2021

mobility of workers abroad

According to law decree of 25 July 1998 n.286 – “Testo unico dell’immigrazione” – the decree on migration flows fixes the number of foreign citizens from extra-EU countries allowed to enter Italy for certain professions. The decree has been issued and will be valid after the publication in the Official Gazette.

1. Quota and work categories

The total share of workers allowed to enter Italy is 69.700, among which 27.700 subordinate workers employed in transportation for third parts, construction industry, tourism and hospitality (art. 2) and 42.000 subordinate seasonal workers employed in agriculture, tourism and hospitality (art.6).

2. Article 2 and following

The share of 27.000 workers indicated in art. 2 includes 17.000 workers from countries with specific agreements with Italy – Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Ivory Coast, Japan, Kosovo, Mali, Mauritius, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Republic of North Macedonia, Senegal, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tunisia, Ukraine (art. 3, comma 1 lett. a) and 3.000 workers from countries that will make agreements during year 2022 (art. 3, comma 1 lett. b).

This share also includes 100 workers who have completed education programs abroad, and 100 residents of Venezuela who have at least one parent with Italian origin, for autonomous or subordinate work, except seasonal work.
It is permitted to convert 7.000 permits from the following categories into residence permits for subordinate or autonomous work:

  • 4.400 permits for subordinate seasonal workers
  • 2.370 permits for study, internship and/or professional training
  • 230 EU permits for long stays

At last, the entry of 500 extra-EU citizens resident abroad is permitted for entrepreneurs, freelancers, workers with administrative and controlling activities, artists employed by public or private bodies, startuppers.

3. Article 6

42.000 citizens from the above-mentioned countries are allowed to enter Italy as seasonal workers in agriculture, tourism and hospitality. Among those, 1.000 permits will be released to citizens who have already entered Italy at least once over the past 5 years for subordinate seasonal work, if the the employer applies for a multi-year permit. 14.000 permits are released to seasonal workers whose application has been files by the professional organizations Cia, Coldiretti, Confagricoltura, Copagri, Alleanza delle cooperative.

4. Filing schedule

Applications may be filed starting from 10 days after the publication of the decree in the Official Gazette for permits indicated in art. 3, comma 1, lett. a), and 15 days for permits indicated in art. 3, comma 1, lett. b) e article 6.

Regulatory Framework

Decree of the President of the Council of Ministers, December 21, 2021

Reference (Italian only)

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