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Immigration to Italy in 2023-2025: Visas and Permits

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Italy immigration 2023 opening date: Decreto Flussi processing time

Here we are with the new Integrazione to the main law dated December 2022.

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The new Italian Immigration Decree has been released on July 6, 2023

452,000 work permits expected from 2023 to 2025

This new Decree issued on July 6 2023 provides:

  • 40,000 new entries immediately
  • 136,000 entries during the remaining part of 2023
  • 151,000 in 2024
  • 165,000 in 2025
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Immediately, there will be an additional 40,000 workers for agriculture and tourism. Those workers can arrive immediately – they will get positions like caregivers, construction workers, and seasonal workers for tourism, hospitality, and agriculture. This quote will be added to the 82,000 already entered in Italy during 2023.

Another 452,000 workers for the next three years with open doors for new sectors (that means not-previously considered) such as:

  • plumbers
  • electricians
  • bus drivers
  • social and healthcare assistants
  • nurses
  • telecommunications workers
  • food industry workers
  • shipbuilding workers.


LAWNumber of Scheduled VISAs Actual Requirement
2023 – 136.000
2024 – 151.000
2025 – 165.000
2023 – 274.800
2024 – 277.600
2025 – 280.600


As you can see from the table above, the actual number of workers required by the Italian market is much bigger than the scheduled entries the government has prepared.

So, when will Italy work visa open date 2023 be?

You need to check the related website of the Ministero dell’Interno, Dipartimento per le Libertà Civili e l’Immigrazione – Portale Servizi, Sportello Unico Immigrazione.

The difficulty in finding workers in agriculture and tourism has prompted the Government to approve a modification (Integrazione) to the recently (Dec 2022) approved law. So, the “new decreto flussi” has been voted on during a meeting of the Council of Ministers. Approval has been given for 452,000 entries over three years.


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Programming of legal entry flows of foreign workers in Italy for 2023-2025

The biggest change to consider is that we are facing three years. This is stated in the final press release of the Council of Ministers. “For the 2023-2025 three-year period, the Government foresees a total of 452,000 entries, compared to an identified need of 833,000 units,” with 136,000 entries in 2023, 151,000 in 2024, and 165,000 in 2025.

Ad hoc quota for family assistance and social health care

The professional categories and productive sectors involved have been expanded: in addition to electricians and plumbers, a specific quota has been reintroduced for workers in the fields of family assistance and social health care. “Workers for public transport (buses) and fishing” have also been added. It doesn’t matter that they have great previous experience. These are activities for which basic training will be provided in Italy.

Digital Nomads and other workers

For self-employed and non-seasonal subordinate work, the sectors of third-party freight transport, construction, tourism-hotel, mechanics, telecommunications, food, and shipbuilding are confirmed, as stated in the press release.

Agriculture and Tourism

Italy is living a new renaissance in terms of quality food production and tourism. This regards most of the time seasonal subordinate work, The main fields are the agricultural and tourism-hotel sectors.
Within the quotas for agriculture and tourism, specific quotas are reserved for workers from countries of origin or transit that sign agreements to facilitate regular migration and counter irregular migration, and whose requests for entry clearance to Italy for seasonal work, including multi-year work, are submitted by the labor organizations indicated in the decree and most representative at the national level. These organizations undertake to oversee the completion of the hiring process of the workers until the actual signing of employment contracts, including mandatory communications.

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Due to a multi-level regulatory system (Italian, European and International) that is applicable to persons not holding an Italian passport, visa and immigration-related issues are rather complex. However, your nationality is not the only factor that comes into play when determining the type of visa/permit that best matches your needs. Each case is unique with specific conditions and documentation requirements.

To begin your journey to Italy, we must determine the best possible solution. We base our immigration legal advice on your personal and professional status, as well as on your medium and long-term goals for life and career, or even retirement, in Italy.

Italian immigration law provides several potential visa options, however, not all them apply to a given applicant. The most commonly used visas/permits are the following:

  • Elective Residency Visa
  • Student VISA (for a stay longer than 3 months)
  • Asylum Visa
  • Exclusive Custody Permit
  • Family Reunification Visa
  • Self-employment Work Permit
  • Employee Work Permit
  • Religious Visa
  • Visa for Scientific Research and
  • Visa for Stateless Persons

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Buzz topic: Elective Residency in Italy

This type of visa allows persons that generate income generated in their country of residence to relocate to Italy. This is usually the case with persons that have decided to retire.

Under Italian Law (Decreto Legislativo n° 286/1998) a non-European citizen (i.e., the visa applicant) is requested to provide evidence that he/she relies on an income that allows him to reside in Italy without working (the amount of this income is determined by the Italian Consulate located in the State where the applicant originally comes from). This varies greatly from State to State.

These funds must not be generated through employment. Pension is a good example of the type of funds that would make an individual eligible for an elective residency visa. Other types of income include income generated through lease agreements and dividends (unless the applicant is employed by the company or holds the office of CEO/Manager Director).

The steps that we must take in order to obtain an Elective Residency visa in Italy are the following:

  1. File a form to the Italian Consulate of the State of origin and all necessary accompanying documentation such as a copy of the applicant’s passport, a document providing evidence that the applicant generates the income required to live in Italy and a document providing proof that the applicant has secured accommodation in Italy (i.e., a real-estate purchase contract or a lease).
  2. If the submitted documents comply with requirements set by the applicable regulations, the Italian Consulate will provide the applicant with an “entry visa” that allows him to enter Italy and apply for the Elective Residency visa.
  3. The application for the Elective Residency Visa must be filed within 90 days from the issuance of the entry visa. This application is submitted to a Police Department called “Questura” (the competent Questura is located at the Italian city where the applicant has decided to take up the Elective Residency).

The contents of this page should not be taken as an authoritative statement of Italian law and practice. Neither the author nor the publisher are responsible for the results of actions taken on the basis of information contained in this summary, nor for any errors or omissions. This text is not intended to render legal, accounting or tax advice. Readers are encouraged to seek professional advice concerning specific matters before making any decision.

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