What is the Immigration Flow Decree?

The Immigration Flow Decree is a measure by which the Italian Government establishes each year the entry quotas for non-EU citizens who may enter Italy for employment, self-employment and seasonal work.
The Immigration Quota Decree also establishes which and how many conversions of residence permits to other types of permits can be requested by foreign nationals already legally residing in Italy.

What is the content of the new Immigration Quota Decree?

For 2022, the quota of 69,700 visas or residence permits will be divided as follows:

27,700 entries for employment and self-employment. Within this quota,

– 17,000 entries for employment are reserved to the sectors of road transportation, construction and hotel tourism for non-EU nationals of 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.

– 3,000 visas are reserved for non-EU countries that will sign cooperation agreements for the repatriation of irregular migrants.

– 500 visas/residence permits are reserved to non-EU citizens residing abroad, belonging to one of the following categories:
– entrepreneurs who intend to make an investment plan beneficial for the Italian economy that is worth at least 500,000.00 euros and entails the creation of at least three new job posts;
– freelancers who intend to exercise regulated professions or not regulated professions represented by registered national labour associations;
– holders of corporate roles expressly specified in the Ministerial Decree n. 850 of 11 May 2011;
– famous or well-known and highly qualified artists, hired by public or private bodies, according to the requirements laid out in the Ministerial Decree n. 850 of 11 May 2011;
– foreign citizens who intend to set up «innovative start-up» companies pursuant to law no. 221 of 17 December 2012 and the requirements laid out therein;

– 2,000 residence permits are reserved to students (already legally residing in Italy) who intend to convert their Italian student permit into a work permit;

– 4,000 residence permits are reserved for foreign seasonal workers (already legally residing in Italy) who intend to convert their seasonal permit into a resident permit for non-seasonal employment.

42,000 entries for seasonal employment in the agricultural and tourism-hotel sectors are reserved to foreign nationals from 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.

Deadlines

Applications for the security clearance, an essential preliminary procedural incumbency in order to apply for the visa or permit conversion, have to be submitted by the 17th of March 2022.

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