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Italy to Issue 67k Work Permits Max for Third Country Nationals in 2022

The Italian Ministry of the Interior 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.

The ministry indicated in a press statement in which it announced the decision taken regarding the maximum quota for these workers, which was previously approved on December 21, 2021, and has now been published in the Official Gazette, that the maximum quota for 2022 is 69,700.

27,700 shares [are reserved] For non-seasonal subordinate work, the self-employed and transfers,” the ministry notes.

It also indicates that 20,000 work permits of the total quota have been reserved for reasons related to non-seasonal secondary work in the sectors of third-party goods transport, construction and hotel tourism for citizens of the following countries:

Albania Algeria Bangladesh Bosnia and Herzegovina El Salvador Ethiopia 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 divided between the categories of third-country nationals who have completed training and education programs in their home countries, Italian-origin workers residing in Venezuela, and self-employed persons.

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

The other 42,000 work permits for secondary work in the agriculture, tourism and hotel sectors will be allocated to workers from Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Korea, Ivory Coast, 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 the employers, by the following organizations: Cia, Coldiretti, Confagricoltura, Copagri and Alleanza delle Cooperative (including Lega and Cooperative), Ministry notes.

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

Submissions will open from February 1 at 9 am.

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

>> The Italian travel and tourism sector is experiencing a significant labor shortage with 1 in 7 jobs still vacant

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