• Expedited Work Permit Process Introduced for Intracompany Transferees
  • October 31, 2014
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • Non-EU intracompany transferees in Italy are now eligible for expedited two to three-week work permit processing, pursuant to a fast track program implemented by the Ministry of Interior. Foreign nationals must still present certain legalized documents upon execution of the Contract of Stay, but the program eliminates the need for pre-approval from the Italian Labor Board, as is required for standard work permits.

    Registration and Eligibility for the Fast Track Program

    Employers must register for the fast track program on the Ministry of Interior’s website. They will receive a password to access the online system and check the status of their applications. Once an application is approved, the foreign worker may apply to an Italian consular post for a work permit.

    To be eligible for the fast track program, employers must make all minimum social security payments and execute an agreement with the Ministry, as well as other compliance requirements.

    Post-Arrival Documentary Requirements

    After the work permit is issued and within eight days of arrival in Italy, the foreign worker must still execute a Contract of Stay at the local immigration office and subsequently file a Permit of Stay application. Under the fast track program, the foreign national must provide certain notarized and legalized official documents.

    What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals

    Foreign workers in Italy eligible for the fast track program will see faster work permit issuance, with processing times of two to three weeks, as opposed to two to five months as under the standard process.

    Foreign nationals should have the requisite documents accessible when entering Italy and should execute the Contract of Stay within eight days of entry, as otherwise they may be denied a work permit.