Good news for the non-EU highly skilled workers willing to live
and work in Italy, as they can now apply for an EU Blue Card work
On June 28, 2012, Italy, by emanating the Legislative Decree,
joined other European countries which apply the provisions of the
EU Blue Card Directive. The Directive puts in place common and
efficient rules allowing highly skilled non-EU foreigners to come
and work in the EU where there is need. All EU Member States except
Denmark, the UK and Ireland are bound by the Directive.
In Italy this new institute allows to non-EU high qualified
employees to be granted a special residence permit, as they can be
hired directly without enduring the long process of obtaining a
work quota. This means that the employers in Italy will be allowed
to bring into the country highly skilled workers at any time,
throughout the year, without waiting for the government to publish
the Quota Agreement (Decreto Flussi).
In order to be eligible for a Blue Card, a foreign national
employee must be able to prove that he or she possesses highly
specialised work skills. This can be done if the employee has a
university diploma or other training certificate that confirms
attendance at, and successful completion of, a minimum three-year
course at a professional learning institute.
According to the Directive, higher education qualification
refers to "any diploma, certificate or other evidence of
formal qualifications issued by a competent authority attesting the
successful completion of a post-secondary higher education program,
namely a set of courses provided by an educational establishment
recognized as a higher education institution by the State in which
it is situated." In Italy, foreign workers must have obtained
Level 1, 2, and 3 professional qualifications in ISTAT's
Many categories of workers will be admitted for highly qualified
work. For instance, top managers, IT experts, engineers, doctors,
agronomists, lecturers, technicians, accountants, laboratory
analysts, social assistants, tour operators, tourist animators,
etc. In order to be admitted, foreign workers will have to meet the
requirements established by the Italian law, such as an employment
contract for a period equal to or greater than 1 year; the minimum
salary more than or at least €25.000,00 per year; proof of the
accommodation and etc.
As a general rule, once a Member State grants a Blue Card to a
migrant, that person can also move to another EU Member State where
their skills may be needed. Non-EU foreigners already living
legally in Italy will also be allowed to apply for the EU Blue Card
if they meet the requirements. Another advantage is that Blue card
provides with preferential treatment regarding the family reunion
and long term status acquisition.
In short, the EU Blue Card establishes a fast-track admission
procedure for the foreigners who meet the requirements and ensures
a common set of social and economic rights (equal to those of EU
nationals) in a number of areas, as a consequence, the Blue Card
scheme presents an attractive package to potential highly qualified
migrants. Nonetheless, as the Blue Card system is new, the laws are
often interpreted and applied by the local authorities in a very
contradictory way, therefore, it is absolutely advisable to engage
an immigration lawyer before applying.
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