Benevolent Institutions, work consultants and professional associations ready to help
Those who would like to apply for authorisation to work under the newly published Quota Agreement (Decreto flussi) but do not know how to go about it can seek the help of Benevolent Institutions (Patronati), work consultants and professional associations.
Most of them have signed agreements with the Ministry of Home Affairs allowing their staff members to compile and submit unlimited number of applications.
The applications will be registered in their systems one after the other. This means that if you are the first person to go to a given office to ask them to prepare your application, then yours will be the first application in their system. The one who will come after you will be the second, etc.
It is important to note that while these offices will be able to send all their applications with a click, it doesn’t mean that Ministry of Home Affairs will receive all their applications at once. These applications will be received one by one, depending on their position in the list; on the traffic on the website of the Ministry of Home Affairs; as well as on the number of other applications being submitted at the same time by others.
Since each Benevolent Institution, work consultant or professional association will have a long list of applications, most probably those at the top of the list will have higher chances of obtaining the authorisation to work than those at the bottom of the list. This is because the authorizations will be issued on the first come first served basis, if the required conditions are met.
Therefore, if you’d like to seek help of these offices in preparing and submitting your application, it is important to do it right away so that you can be amongst the very first in their lists. You may also want to inquire with them to find out how many other applications they’ve prepared before yours so that you can decide whether to do it with them or to move elsewhere.
We would advise you to avoid doing it with those who have already compiled a very long list of applications.
The Benevolent Institutions are providing this service for free and they cannot force you to join them by paying the membership fee.
Professional associations will mainly be submitting applications on behalf of their members while work consultants will be assisting the companies they usually work for.
Three years ago, grouped applications from these offices blocked the system receiving the applications at the Ministry of Home Affairs. All the people whose applications had not been submitted by the time the system went on tilt were unlucky because their applications arrived late.
Assindatcolf, the association of employers of domestic workers is convinced that the Ministry of Home Affairs has improved the system for receiving the applications.
The ministry has also assured the Benevolent Institutions that they have a better system this time.
Mr. Piero Bombardieri, head of Immigrations Department at the Ital Uil Benevolent Institution said that this time they’ll use many computers to send the applications so as to avoid sending so many from the same computer.
The other Benevolent Institutions helping with the preparation of applications are Inca-Cgil, Acli, Inas Cisl, etc. To find out one nearest to you, please walk into any office of the trade union (sindacato). Normally they are within the same premises.
The main advantage of seeking help of the above offices is that they have staff who are trained to handle the applications. They know all the requirements and will therefore ensure you meet those requirements before preparing and submitting your application. The disadvantage is that most likely they’ll have a very long list of applications to submit so if you are at the bottom of the list, your application risks arriving late hence limiting your chances of being issued the authorization to work (nulla osta).
By Stephen Ogongo Ongong’a
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