From today employers who would like to invite foreign seasonal workers to Italy can start preparing their applications.
In order to prepare the applications, employers have to log on to the website of Ministry of Home Affairs at nullaostalavoro.interno.it.
They’ll however have to wait for the Quota Agreement (Decreto flussi) opening the country’s borders to non-EU seasonal workers to be published in the Official Gazette.
Applications will be accepted a day after its publication.
The application form (modulo C) to be used in applying for authorisation to work for seasonal workers is already available online.
The Government approved the Quota Agreement for seasonal workers on 15th February 2013 but it is yet to be published in the Official Gazette. Ministry of Home Affairs has confirmed that the Quota Agreement will be published soon. “It’s a matter of days,” the ministry said.
The application forms will be available until 31st December 2013.
The Quota Agreement will open Italy’s borders to 30,000 non-EU seasonal workers who will work in the agricultural and tourist/hotel sectors.
Workers from the following countries will be admitted for seasonal work: Nigeria, Ghana, The Gambia, Senegal, Albania, Algeria, India, Kosovo, Macedonia, Morocco, Mauritius, Moldavia, Montenegro, Niger, Pakistan, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Philippines, Egypt and Tunisia.
Some 5,000 quotas are reserved to seasonal workers who have already come to Italy for two consecutive years. Employers of those workers can apply for multiple entry clearance.
Regardless of their nationality, foreigners who already came here for seasonal work last year can also return this time. For such workers, the silence means consent rule is applicable. This means that in case the Immigrations Office at the Prefecture fails to process their applications within 20 days, this will be taken to mean that the applications have been accepted, so the workers can go to the Italian Embassies and apply for entry visas.
Once the workers arrive and go to the Immigration Office together with the employers to undersign the Residency contract (contratto di soggiorno), the compulsory notification of hiring to INPS will be made automatically.
Since there will be sufficient quotas, there will be no need for employers to rush in submitting their applications.
Applications will only be submitted online. Those who are not computer literate can seek the help of work consultants, employers’ organisations, or Benevolent Institutions (Patronati).