The Quota Agreement (Decreto flussi) opening Italy’s borders to 35,000 non-EU seasonal workers has been published in the Official Gazette today. Employers who would like to invite foreign seasonal workers to Italy can start submitting their applications tomorrow from 8:00 am.
The Quota Agreement will also allow 4,000 non-EU foreigners to come to Italy for non-seasonal work. These are people who underwent job trainings approved by Italy’s Ministry of Labour, and conducted by local institutions, trade unions, employers’ organisations and other authorised institutions in their home countries.
Quota Agreement is a document the government publishes indicating the number of foreign workers allowed to come to work in Italy.
Employers can prepare and submit their applications by logging on to the website of Ministry of Home Affairs at nullaostalavoro.interno.it.
There are sufficient quotas so there is no need for employers to rush in submitting their applications. They should only rush if they need the workers to arrive urgently.
The 35,000 non-EU seasonal workers will work in the agricultural and tourist/hotel sectors.
Workers from the following countries will be admitted for seasonal work: Nigeria, Ghana, The Gambia, Senegal, Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, India, Kosovo, Macedonia, Morocco, Moldavia, Montenegro, Niger, Pakistan, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Philippines, Egypt and Tunisia.
Applications will only be submitted online. Those who are not computer literate can seek the help of work consultants, employers’ organisations, or Benevolent Institutions (Patronati).
Employers of foreigners who have already come to Italy for work for two consecutive years can apply for multiple entry clearance. This would enable the employers to invite the same workers even in the coming years using a simpler procedure, and without waiting for the government to publish the Quota Agreement allowing seasonal workers to come to Italy.
There is very important news for foreigners who came to Italy for seasonal work last year. In case the Immigrations Office at the Prefecture fails to process their applications within 20 days, this will be taken to mean that the applications have been accepted, so the workers can go to the Italian Embassies and apply for entry visas.