Although the fast-track procedures have been in effect for over a year, they have just recently gained popularity among employers. Interested employers must first register with the Ministry of Interior, a process requiring that they make social security payments and complete an agreement with the Ministry. This process takes around three months. Upon being registered, the employer will be provided a password to access the online system in which they will then be able to submit applications for the fast-track procedure. As these applications are submitted online, documentation is not required. If and when the Immigration Office approves the application – a process that takes about two to three weeks – the foreign national may then apply to the Italian consular post for an employment visa. Once the foreign worker has arrived in Italy, he/she must complete a Contract of Stay and file an application for a Permit of Stay within eight days. Documents required by the Immigration Office for these procedures are as follows:
- A copy of the foreign worker’s passport;
- A copy of the ID document of the Italian company’s legal representative;
- The certificate of registration with the Chamber of Commerce, including an anti-mafia statement;
- A notarized and apostilled support letter from the sending company, including an official translation;
- The proof of government registered affiliation between the sending company and the Italian company, which must be accompanied by a notarized and apostilled legalization and also an official translation;
- The foreign worker’s diploma, including a notarized and apostilled legalization and again, an official translation; and
- The Italian company’s balance sheets and recent tax declarations.
Companies hosting many non-EU highly specialized workers on intra-company transfers are expected to benefit greatly from this expedited processing. It is highly suggested that employers opting for the fast-track procedures have all requested documentation ready for when the foreign worker enters Italy. Otherwise, the foreign worker will not be permitted to begin his/her work in Italy.
Please note that this is general information only and not intended as advice on a specific matter. Please feel free to contact Fakhoury Global Immigration directly with questions exclusive to your situation. This news alert may have been prepared using information from Peregrine Immigration Management, which is licensed to Fakhoury Global Immigration.