Italy will issue a maximum of 67,000 work permits for third-country nationals in 2022

The Italian Interior Ministry has announced the maximum number of work permits that can be issued to non-EU workers, seasonal and non-seasonal, as well as to self-employed workers.

In a press release announcing the decision taken on the maximum quota for these workers, which had previously been adopted on December 21, 2021 and which has just been published in the Official Gazette, the ministry specifies that the maximum quota for 2022 is 69,700.

27,700 allowances [are reserved] for non-seasonal and self-employed subordinate work and retraining“, notes the ministry.

It further points out that 20,000 work permits out of the total quota have been reserved for reasons of non-seasonal subordinate work in the sectors of goods transport for third parties, construction and hospitality for citizens for countries following:

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

The remaining 7,700 permits are distributed among categories of third country citizens who have completed training and education programs in their country of origin, workers of Italian origin residing in Venezuela and self-employed workers.

The ministry noted that applications for these types of work permits can be submitted from January 27 at 9 a.m.

The remaining 42,000 work permits will be allocated to menial work in the agricultural and tourism-hotel sectors for workers from Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Korea, Côte d’Ivoire , Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Philippines, Gambia. , Ghana, Japan, Guatemala, India, Kosovo, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius, Moldova, Montenegro, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, North Macedonia, Senegal, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tunisia, Ukraine.

Within this quota, 14,000 permits are reserved for workers from the same countries whose applications will be submitted, in the name and on behalf of employers, by the following organisations: Cia, Coldiretti, Confagricoltura, Copagri, Alleanza delle Cooperative (including cooperatives Lega and Confcooperative)“, notes the ministry.

At the same time, the quotas will be distributed among the regions and the autonomous provinces by the Italian Ministry of Labor and Social Policies.

Applications will be open from February 1 at 9 a.m.

According to official data, in 2019 alone, two and a half million non-Italians were working in Italy, or 10.7% of the country’s total workforce. 642,000 of them were employed in utilities and personal services, 466,000 in wholesale and retail trade and another 235,000 in construction.

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