3.1 When UK citizens become third-country nationals will they need permission to work?
Yes, as a general rule, they will.
3.2 If permission to work is needed do any quotas apply for employing third-country nationals?
Yes, they apply. A specific decree called ‘Decreto flussi’ provides quotas for employment, seasonal work, and self-employment every year.
In addition to this, there are some particular cases in which entry outside quotas is allowed (e.g. highly specialised workers, executives or lecturers).
3.3 If permission to work is needed, as of when will it be needed?
Before starting the procedure to request a work permit, a foreign national has to ask for an entry visa for work reasons (it is the result of an administrative procedure giving authorisation to work called ‘nulla osta lavoro’).
Once the ‘nulla osta lavoro’ is obtained, the worker has the right to enter in Italy for work purposes.
After entry into the national territory, a work permit must be requested within eight days at the one-stop shop of the province where the worker has his or her domicile or where the working activities are carried out.
3.4 If permission to work is needed, what are the most common categories?
The main categories of work permit (which depending on the case may or may not be subject to quotas) are employment, self-employment and seasonal work. Specific types of permit for work purposes related to certain workers (executives or highly specialised employees, academics etc.) are also provided.
3.5 If permission to work or stay is needed, how long does the procedure take?
It depends on the kind of permit to work requested. In any case it may last 60 days minimum. In most cases, a few months may be needed.
3.6 If permission to work and stay is needed, what Government fees would be due for such a permission?
For a first work permit, the costs are as follows:
- 1 stamp of EUR 16 for the request form;
- EUR 30 for the registered letter to be sent to the competent police department;
- EUR 30,46 for the release EUR 80 and EUR 200 depending on the kind of permit.