- Italy: Application Period for Work Permits Subject to Quotas Opens January 31
- January 17, 2011
- Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
The online application period for 2011 work permits subject to Italy’s quota system opens January 31, 2011. Employers should prepare to file applications online as early as possible, as quota figures could be exhausted within minutes, and applications are accepted on a strict first-come, first-served basis.
Applications for work permits subject to the quota are filed in stages, based on the nationality of the proposed foreign worker and his or her occupation. The first stage of the application filing period opens at 8:00am (CET) on January 31 and includes applications filed for citizens of countries that have work permit agreements with Italy or will sign an agreement soon. These are: Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, India, Moldavia, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Senegal, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, and Ukraine. There are 52,080 available quota figures for this category of foreign nationals.
Stage two of the filing period opens at 8:00am (CET) on February 2 and is for child-care providers and other domestic caregivers from countries not covered in stage one. There are 30,000 quota figures available for these workers.
The third and final stage of the filing period opens at 8:00am (CET) on February 3. This category includes foreign nationals who have completed an approved internship or training program (4,000 quota figures available); those changing their status to work permit holder from student, intern, seasonal work, or from another European Union long-term permit (11,500 quota figures available); nationals from Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, and Venezuela who have Italian ancestors (500 quota figures available); and foreign nationals changing from another European Union long-term permit to self-employed worker (500 quota figures available).
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