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Spotlight on EMEA Series: Italy

Spotlight on EMEA series

In our spotlight on EMEA series we round up the latest developments across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  In this post we look at the recent cap on the number of workers allowed into Italy from outside of the EEA for 2023 to 2025.



In a decree dated 27 September 2023 the Italian Government announced a cap to be placed on foreign workers entering Italy from outside the EEA.  The figure of the cap has been announced at 450,000 to be allocated between various categories and specific nationality groups within the timeframe.


For 2023 a quota of 136,000 is available and divided across a number of categories to include:

Subordinate work (employees)52,770 permits allocated and self-employment – 680.

Applications for such subordinate permits can be submitted from 4 December 2023.  Where the individual is a citizen of a country that has a co-operation agreement with Italy, the subordinate application may be submitted from 2 December 2023.

A quota of 25,000 has been allocated specifically for the following nationalities: Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Bosnia-Herzegovina, South Korea, Ivory Coast, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Philippines, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Jordan, Japan, Guatemala, India, Kirghizistan, Kosovo, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius, Moldova, Montenegro, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Republic of North Macedonia, Senegal, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tunisia, Ukraine.

The remainder of quota is allocated across various specific industry sectors and for specific roles.

To understand more about the breakdown of allocation across further categories and the implementation of the cap by the Italian Government please contact: Antonia Grant at [email protected] and Kerry Hough at [email protected].



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