What is the employment Visa for Special Project workers?

This kind of Visa allows the applicant who has attended a special project in his country of origin and for which he received a valid certificate, to perform an employment working activity in Italy in the limits of quota yearly provided by the Italian Government with the Flow Decree (Decreto Flussi).

Who can apply for the employment Visa for Special Project workers?

Applicants who have a job offer from an Italian employer or a foreign employer legally resident in Italy and who have attended Special Projects in they countries of origin.

Which benefits does it have?

These “Special Projects” are promoted by autonomous provincial regions and other bodies that allow employers, through trade associations, to select and train the workforce necessary for their production needs directly in the country of origin of foreign citizens.

How can I apply for it?

The application for the Nulla Osta (security clearance) to enter and work in Italy must be done by the employer to the online system of the Immigration desk and must be associated to an entry quota provided by the Flow Decree.

The application to obtain this type of visa must be submitted by you at the Italian competent Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence.

Which documents do I need to apply?

In order to apply, the following documents are required:

  • Employment contract proposal from an Italian employer or a foreign employer legally residing in Italy;
  • Nulla Osta (security clearance) issued by the Immigration desk upon specific request of the employer:
  • Proof of a suitable accommodation in Italy;
  • Valid passport.

How can I apply for the Electronic Residence Permit, once I have got my employment Visa for Special Projects?

You must request the release of the corresponding electronic residence permit within 8 days from your entrance in Italy with your visa, presenting yourself in person to the competent post-office.

In that occasion you must have:

  • an identity card;
  • the completed postal-kit with the payment of tax issuance;
  • a copy of the security clearance (Nulla Osta) to your entrance in Italy;
  • a copy of your Visa;
  • the whole passport.

The competent desk will issue a receipt with the data of the first appointment to the competent police Headquarters, for your personal appearance and the fingerprints. After this appointment, the police headquarters will contact you for the withdraw of your electronic permit card.

How long will my first Residence Permit be valid?

It will have the same validity of the employment contract, renewable.

Can I renew my Residence Permit?

Yes, you can.

How can renew my residence permit and which documents do I need to apply?

You can renew your permit by filling the related postal-kit to the post office.

Together with the postal kit, you will also need to submit the following documents:

  • Postal-kit duly fulfilled;
  • Copy of the whole passport;
  • Copy of the old permit;
  • Copy of the contract duly signed by the parties;
  • Copy of your Nulla Osta (security clearance);
  • Copy of your last income declaration, or proof of your income produced in Italy.

In order to renew your permit you must not leave Italy for more than six months continuously.

How many times I need to renew my permit before applying for the Italian Permanent Residence Permit?

You can apply for your EC long-term residence permit after 5 years of legally and continuous stay in Italy.

How can I apply for a permanent Residence Permit?

As for the current law provisions, after 5 years of legal stay in Italy, you can request a permanent residence permit (i.e. EC residence permit for long term residents).

The permanent residence permit has no expiry date, it must not be renewed but only updated. It assigns the third-country nationals the right to enter Italy without a visa, and it is not related to any investment or donation made in the past. You can apply for the permanent resident permit if you are a third-country national who:

  • are legally staying in Italy for at least 5 years;
  • are holder of a valid temporary residence permit;
  • have an annual income from legitimate sources equal, at least, to the amount established yearly by governmental authorities (€ 5.977,79 for 2020);
  • pass an Italian language test of A2 level.