The Italian Government announced the number, nationalities and professional profiles of non-eu nationals that can enter in Italy for working reasons according to the 2023 so-called Flow Decree. Specifically, the quota set is 82,705 workers, broken down by country of origin and type and sector of employment.
What is the Flow Decree (decreto flussi)?
The Flow Decree sets quotas on the number of non-EU citizens granted Italian visas for employment, self-employment or seasonal work.
It also establishes rules for the conversions of residence permits granted to foreign nationals already legally residing in Italy, such as students who wish to convert their student visas into employment visas.
Which are the new rules for 2023?
For 2023, 82,705 total visas can be issued. The Italian government breaks down into fine detail the number of visas reserved for each category.
- 38,705 entries for employment, seasonal and self-employment. Within this quota, 30,105 visas are reserved for workers in road transportation, construction and hotel-tourism, mechanics, telecommunications and the food industry.
- 44,000 entries for seasonal employment in the agriculture and tourism-hotel sectors for people from specific countries.
Please keep in mind that this list is not exhaustive. For a complete review of the topic check out here.
What are the accepted nationalities?
The quotas of Flow Decree involves the following countries:
Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Korea (Republic of Korea), Ivory Coast, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Philippines, Gambia, Ghana, Japan, Guatemala, India, Kosovo, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius, Moldova, Montenegro, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Republic of North Macedonia, Senegal, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tunisia, Ukraine, Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Korea (Republic of Korea), Ivory Coast, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Philippines, Gambia, Ghana, Japan, Guatemala, India, Kosovo, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius, Moldova, Montenegro, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Republic of North Macedonia, Senegal, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tunisia, Ukraine.
How to apply
Applicants for the Italian work visa and visa conversion must submit a number of documents by 31 December 2023.
- Application for the Certificate of No Impediment (so-called Nulla Osta)
- Application for the Italian Visa
- Entry in Italy and application for the Italian Residence permit
How we can help
Our assistance includes the following activities:
- Preliminary legal analysis and advice to identify the best visa according to the personal and professional profile of the applicant (and employer when applicable);
- Guidance and advice on how to collect all relevant documents;
- Preparation and submission of the application for “the certificate of no impediment”;
- Guidance and assistance to submit the visa application;
- Guidance and assistance to submit the residence permit application;
- Guidance and advice on how to complete the subsequent procedural steps before the competent Italian authorities until the issuance of the residence permit.
- Establishing contact with all public stakeholders involved in the aforementioned procedures to solve potential issues, overcome obstacles, and promote a positive outcome of the application and any other preliminary procedure.
Being an Italian Law Firm, we do not offer services of job placement or similar activities. We can only assist employers or workers who already have an employer in Italy willing to sponsor their visa. Please inform us about your availability if interested.