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Italy’s Decree Flows 2022: 80.000 work Permits

Posted on December 10th, 2021

by Expat Living in Rome

What is “Decreto Flussi”?

The “Decreto Flussi” (immigration flow) is issued every year and provides for the number of foreign citizens who can enter Italy to carry out non-seasonal, subordinate work, and self-employment. A special “Decreto Flussi” is envisaged for seasonal workers. “Decreto Flussi” visa system works under Legislative Decree 286/98 art. 5, 24, and 26 and DPCM flow 2008.

The 2022 Flows Decree is preparing to find a solution to the great demand for work in the sectors of Agriculture, Tourism and Manufacturing.  You will go from the little more than 30.000 entrances planned last year to about 80.000 for the 2022

The decree is the act that establishes the maximum quota of entries (or regularizations) of non-European Union citizens for reasons of work.  Andrea Orlando, the Minister of Labor stated had already started back in August that “the new decree will guarantee higher entry quotas than in the past (for seasonal and subordinate work and permanent residency)”.

Foreigners will be admitted to Italy for non-seasonal subordinate work in the sectors of freight transport for third parties, construction, and hotel tourism, but also agro-food and manufacturing. An entry fee will be reserved for non-EU workers residing abroad who have participated in professional training and education courses in their countries of origin “.

In Italy construction, agriculture and tourism workers are urgently needed.

For six years the flow decrees have been blocked at 30,850 permits, not one more. They also remained so for 2021, although in the meantime the constraint – set at the beginning of the legislature by the then Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini – of never exceeding the levels of the previous year has been lifted. Almost tripled number that will open the doors of work in Italy to qualified personnel and to those who request them “.

The objective is the inclusion of new qualified personnel.

The Decree expected by the end of December 2021 will allow regular entry into Italy to foreign nationals for reasons of Employment, Self-Employment, Seasonal work, with a request for a permit to stay in Italy.

Decreto Flussi eligible countries

The “Decreto Flussi” system is only for eligible countries. The candidates of the following countries can apply for the visa under “Decreto Flussi” (the list could be changed by the interior ministry of Italy any time before the program announcement):

Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Korea, Ivory Coast, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Philippines, The Gambia, Ghana, Japan, India, Kosovo, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius, Moldova, Montenegro, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Republic of North Macedonia, Senegal, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tunisia, Ukraine and Guatemala.

Considering the criteria used in the previous Decrees, the decisions of the Ministries concerned are still pending. 

Link: Ministero dell’Interno

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