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Work in Italy, Immigration News: Quotas Announced for the Italian Decreto Flussi 2024

Decreto Flussi 2024: Moving to Italy

The “Decreto Flussi 2024” (Flows Decree) is an Italian government regulation that sets the number and conditions for the entry of foreign workers to address the demands of Italy’s labor market, benefiting both businesses and private households. As for 2024, the numbers have already been decided within the triennial perspective 2023-2025 (you can refer to this article for further information).

Regarding non-seasonal jobs, employers working in the Italian territory who want to hire a foreign worker are required to apply for an official authorization (nulla osta) to secure a spot within the established quota system. After obtaining this authorization, the prospective employee can then apply for a work visa through the Italian consulate in their home country.

For the 2023-2025 period, the triennial entry quota plan was finalized by the Prime Ministerial Decree (DPCM) on September 27, 2023. Under this plan, Italy will permit a total of 452,000 foreign nationals to enter the country for both seasonal and non-seasonal employment, as well as for self-employment opportunities, distributed as follows:

YearQuotas for Foreign Citizens

It is important to note that, while European Union citizens have free access to the Italian labor market, foreign citizens must enter with a work visa.

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Portovenere – Eastern Liguria

The established quota system: th Numbers for 2024

In 2024, 151,000 workers will be allowed to enter Italy, divided as follows:

  • 89,050 for seasonal subordinate work
  • 61,950 for non-seasonal subordinate work
  • 700 for self-employed work

Within the overall number of entries foreseen for non-seasonal and self-employed work, the quotas are then further distributed as follows:

Non-seasonal subordinate work61,250
Citizens of states that run media campaigns against irregular migration (art. 6, co. 2)2,380
Citizens of countries with current migration cooperation agreements (art. 6, co. 3, lett.a)25,000
Citizens of other countries with future migration cooperation agreements (art. 6, co. 3, lett. b)20,000
Workers of Italian origin residing in Venezuela (art. 6, co. 4, lett. A)90
Stateless persons and refugees (art. 6, co. 4 lett. b)180
Workers in the family care and social health sector (art.6, co. 4, lett. C)9,500
Conversion of seasonal work permits into non-seasonal subordinate work permits (art.6, co. 5, lett. A)4,000
Conversion of EU long-term residence permits into non-seasonal subordinate work permits issued by another EU member state (art. 6, co.5, lett. B)100
Self-employed work700
Citizens of states that run media campaigns against irregular migration (art.6 co. 2)120
Workers of Italian origin residing in Venezuela (art. 6, co. 4, lett. A)10
Stateless persons and refugees (art. 6, co. 4 lett. b)20
Citizens belonging to specific categories (art. 6, co. 7)500
Conversion of EU long-term residence permits into self-employed work permits issued by another EU member state (art.6, co.6)50

Non-Seasonal Subordinate Work in Italy

The application for a clearance certificate can be submitted for workers from countries that have signed cooperation agreements with Italy:

ContinentCountries with Cooperation Agreements
EuropeAlbania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Ukraine
AfricaAlgeria, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, Tunisia
AsiaBangladesh, Republic of Korea (South Korea), Philippines, Japan, Jordan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
North AmericaEl Salvador, Guatemala
South AmericaPeru

Decreto Flussi 2024: the Sectors to work in Italy

It’s not solely about whether the foreign workers are from the countries listed, but also about the sectors they can be employed in. The eligible industries for employing foreign workers include:

Sectors for EmploymentExamples of Professions
Freight transportTruck drivers, Logistics coordinators
ConstructionBricklayers, Civil engineers, Surveyors
Hotel and TourismHotel managers, Chefs, Receptionists, Tour guides
MechanicsAutomotive mechanics, Industrial machinery mechanics
TelecommunicationsNetwork engineers, Telecom technicians
Food industryFood technologists, Bakers, Butchers
ShipbuildingWelders, Ship designers, Marine engineers
Passenger bus transportBus drivers, Route planners
FishingCommercial fishermen, Deckhands, Fisheries biologists
HairdressingHair stylists, Barbers
ElectriciansElectrical technicians, Electrical engineers
PlumbersPipefitters, Steamfitters
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San Marco – Venice

Seasonal Work in Italy

Before establishing a fixed-term or open-ended employment relationship with a foreigner residing abroad through the annual “Decreto Flussi”, the employer must first check with the competent Agenzia per l’Impiego (Employment Center) for the unavailability of workers already present on the national territory. But this preliminary check for the unavailability of workers on the national territory is not necessary for seasonal workers.

Employer/Company Income Requirement

An income or turnover of at least €30,000 is needed. To work and hire in Italy there’s an income requirements for entry – For all employment sectors: the taxable income, in the case of an individual/Sole Proprietorship, or the turnover, in the case of entities and companies, cannot be less than €30,000.00.

Special quotas for the Family Care Sector

There are 9,500 quotas for the family care and social health sector, which includes family collaborators and assistants (so-called “caregivers”) open to all nationalities of workers.

The expected remuneration must comply with the National Collective Labor Agreement (CCNL) for domestic work and must not be less than €534.41 per month.

In this case, the employer must have an income capacity of €20,000 or €27,000 depending on the family unit. An employer suffering from diseases or disabilities, who intends to hire a person for their assistance, does not need to demonstrate the income requirement and certification.

Decreto Flussi 2024: when Applications Can Be Submitted?

To submit the application, it will be necessary to wait for the “click days”.

Three Click Days for the 2024 “Decreto Flussi”

Even though applications can be completed until December 31, 2024, availability is expected to be exhausted within minutes. Specifically, there will be three Click Days for the 2024 “Decreto Flussi”:

  • February 5, 2024, for non-seasonal subordinate work for citizens from countries that have cooperation agreements with Italy.
  • February 7, 2024, for non-seasonal subordinate work.
  • February 12, 2024, for seasonal work.

Flow Decree Application Procedures

The platform for the pre-compilation of applications is available at Possession of an SPID identity or CIE (Electronic Identity Card) is required. The circular clarifies the procedures for compiling applications and the related attachments.

If an application does not fall within the prescribed quotas based on the chronological order of submission, the employer will see the following message on the ALI portal: “The practice is currently not within the quota.”

Please be aware that before submitting an application, it is necessary to have requested, for certain categories of workers:

  • A certification of the unavailability of national workers from the Employment Center (CPI), and
  • An attestation of the appropriateness of the job offer from professionals or employers’ organizations.

Here at ILF – Italy Law Firms we are prepared to assist you throughout these procedures, providing guidance in pre-compiling your application, ensuring that you have the necessary certifications and attestations, and helping you navigate the complexities of the 2024 Italian Flow Decree application process.

Wether you’re moving a company to Italy and you need to hire, or you’re looking for guidance in self-entrepreneurship , with ILF’s expertise, you can enhance your chances of successfully submitting your application within the tight timeframe and adhering to all the regulatory requirements.

Click Day Date and TimeClearing Instance That Can Be Submitted
February 5, 2024 – 9:00 AMNon-seasonal subordinate work in the specified sectors for workers from the countries listed in the above table
February 7, 2024 – 9:00 AMFamily care and social health sector and conversions
February 12, 2024 – 9:00 AMSeasonal work
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Rome – View from Villa Borghese