Here, we will explain the purpose and scope of the EU Blue Card in Italy, the eligibility criteria, and the application process. For expert assistance with your immigration matter, contact Reiss Edwards, immigration lawyers and solicitors in London.
Italy is extremely popular with workers from outside of the EU/EEA for many reasons. Italy offers an excellent quality of life, it is extremely family-friendly, it enjoys a rich history and culture, the cuisine is world-class, the scenery is stunning, and the people are incredibly welcoming and friendly. If you are considering making the move to Italy to work, an EU Blue Card may provide you with the immigration permission you require. And if you plan to live in Italy for the long term, an EU Blue Card offers a route to settlement. Here, we will explain the purpose and scope of the EU Blue Card in Italy, the eligibility criteria, and the application process.
The EU Blue Card is an EU-wide immigration scheme that gives highly qualified workers from outside the bloc the permission they need to live and work in an EU nation, including Italy. The scheme is specifically intended for those with university degrees and above and an offer of employment with above-average pay. The EU Blue Card is available in 25 EU nations (not Denmark and Ireland), including Italy. In Italy, those with an EU Blue Card can apply for a work permit and a long-term national visa which will allow them to work for an Italian employer.
There are several advantages to the EU Blue Card in Italy, including:
The main criteria which must be met to receive a Blue Card for Italy relate to education and a job offer with sufficient pay, as follows:
Applicants for an EU Blue Card in Italy must hold a recognised degree. Degree level qualifications are validated by the Italian Ministry of Education.
Applicants for an EU Blue Card in Italy must have a valid offer of employment before they can be considered. The role offered must be for at least 12 months and must be for a specialised job. In practice, the role must be at the skill level of 1, 2 or 3 of the Italian classification of qualifications (as defined by ITSTAT).
In order to make a successful application, EU Blue Card applicants in Italy must have a job offer with a minimum salary of around € 25,000 (€ 24,790)
There are several stages that need to be completed, as follows:
Applications for EU Blue Cards for Italy typically take up to 90 days to process.
Once the EU Blue Card and entry visa are issued, it is then possible to travel to Italy. On arrival in Italy, EU Blue Card holders then need to apply for a residence permit. These are typically issued at post offices in Italy with an immigration desk. You will need to present a completed application form, your passport, and your employment contract.
The EU Blue Card is typically issued for up to two years if your contract is open-ended. If your employment offer has a fixed term, the validity of your EU Blue Card will match the expiry date of the contract. The card can be further extended at the cost of €100.
Your Blue Card is valid as long as you remain employed with the same Italian employer. If you wish to change employer, you will need to request permission from the immigration authority (this is only necessary for the first two years of employment).
After five years of residence in Italy, you will be able to apply for permanent residence in the form of an EC residence permit for long-term residents. In addition to meeting the continuous residence period, you will also need to pass an Italian language test to secure permanent residence in Italy.
Reiss Edwards has the resources and expertise to assist with all aspects of Italian immigration. If you need assistance with your EU Blue Card visa application for Italy or any other immigration matter, feel free to contact our Immigration Solicitor for help.
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