Italy Visas and Work Permits Guide

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Italy Visas and Work Permit Guide

The EU Blue Card Scheme was established to make it easier and more attractive for highly intelligent and educated people from elsewhere to live and work in the EU.

The EU Blue Card Scheme was established to make it easier and more attractive for highly intelligent and educated people from elsewhere to live and work in the EU. After originally being proposed in 2007, it is finally open for applications. Germany, the EU’s largest economy, started accepting Blue Card applications on 1st August 2012.

  • The right to bring close family members to live with you.
  • The prospect of permanent resident status in the EU.

Eligibility conditions

If you have a higher education qualification and a contract or binding offer of work in Europe, then you may be eligible for a Blue Card. Once you have one, a Blue Card entitles you to work anywhere in the EU (apart from Denmark, the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom).

Entitlements

Blue Card entitles holders to:

  • The same working conditions and pay as EU citizens.
  • The right to bring close family members to live with you.
  • The prospect of permanent resident status in the EU.

Italian Work Permits

The Type-A permit allows you to work for any employer in Italy for an unlimited period of time. In order to be granted a Type-A work permit you must have lived and worked in Italy on a Type-B permit for a minimum of 4 years.

The 4 year work requirement is shortened to 3 years for nationals of the following countries: Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Morocco, Serbia, Tunisia, Turkey, and Croatia.

The work requirement is reduced by another year if your spouse or dependent children have been living with you in Italy for that time.

The Type-B permit is valid for one employer and runs for one year, after which it can be renewed (by the same employer, usually for the same job or job classification). If you change employers, your new employer must apply for a new B permit; in which case you may need to return to your home country and re-apply for a residence visa before you can start your new job.

Jobs filled using a Type-B work permit must pay a minimum of €39,802.

Once you have lived and worked in Italy for 4 years on the same permit, you can receive an unlimited A permit.

The Type-C permit is valid for only one year, allowing the holder to work for multiple employers. This is usually issued to temporary migrant agricultural or domestic workers, or to those whose length of stay in Italy is unconfirmed, such as asylum seekers. Type-C can be renewed.

Our specialist team of work visa experts can help you with one to one advice, information, and representation when applying for your European visa or work permit. Interested in learning more about our services? Our Account Executives are ready to take time to discuss your needs today.

The most important thing we do is protect our clients and their workforce – which makes BRADFORD JACOBS the reliable partner you would want to work with.

Italy PEO Service Overview

Bradford Jacobs Consulting provides employer of record services for clients that want to hire employees and run payroll without first establishing a branch office or subsidiary say, as an example, in Italy. Your candidate is hired via Bradford Jacobs agencies in Italy in accordance with local labor laws and can be set up within a few days. One of our experts is assigned to work with your team, representing your company exactly as if he or she were your employee and working to meet your requirements in that country.

Our PEO service enables clients to run payroll in Italy while HR services, tax, and compliance management matters are lifted from their shoulders onto ours. As global Professional Employment Outsourcing (PEO) professionals, we manage employment contract best practices, as well as severance issues and even termination if required. We also keep you up to date of any changes to local employment laws in Italy.

Establishing a branch office or subsidiary in Italy to engage a small team is time consuming, expensive and complex. Italian labor law has strong worker protections, requiring great attention to detail and an understanding of local best practices. Our global partners make it problem-free and an easy exercise to expand into Italy. We can help you hire your candidate of choice, handle HR matters and payroll, and ensure that you’re in compliance with local laws – all without the burden of setting up an Italian branch office or subsidiary outfit.

Features and Benefits

  • Solutions available for all nationals.
  • Employment and business support provided by local professional partners.
  • Contractors benefit from the highest legitimate retention through the use of tax and social security treaties, expatriate tax regimes, pension schemes, double taxation agreements and tax claimable expenses.
  • Value for money and flexible fees – inclusive of Italian tax return and expenses claims. These are charged only when the contractor is starts working. If contractors wish to use their own accountants to file income tax returns, we pay their accountants’ fees up to the amount charged by our own accountant.
  • EUR 5,000,000 cover for employers’ and business liabilities.
  • Single point of contact, so contractors can focus on their job.
  • Extensive expertise in Italian tax and social security issues.

For the Employer

  • Fast international employee engagement solution.
  • Controls operating budgets as all employer costs are provided at the outset to ensure full transparency.
  • Time efficient with minimal paperwork required compared to the red tape often encountered when setting up your corporate entity.
  • Professional assistance with employment and compliance matters.
  • Reduced legal and accounting costs.
  • All statutory professional insurances are provided as part of the Bradford Jacobs service

For the Employee

  • Compliant local employment contract.
  • Payroll on-time and 100 percent accurate.
  • Professional HR assistance with employment related enquiries.
  • Up-to-date information on tax regulations and compliance

Contract of Employment

  • Each worker is issued with a comprehensive contract of employment in dual language – in this example case, Italian and English.
  • An overview of the statutory provisions in Italy will be made available to you prior to contract offer. Bradford Jacobs will appraise you of all the salient in-territory HR rules to ensure you have a thorough understanding of Italian laws and protocols.
  • In conjunction with in-country expert advisors, Bradford Jacobs will recommend where these provisions can easily be enhanced enabling you to provide a fully competitive salary and benefits package for all your employees.
  • Salary, commissions/bonuses and all benefits are agreed with the ‘workside’ employer and are contractually included.

HR

  • Fully managed service to assist with routine HR tasks such as absence management and expense processing.
  • Guidance on in-territory compliance requirements – such as any legal obligation to record time and overtime provisions.
  • Ad-hoc support available around the clock to support you when you need it most in the event of any disciplinary, grievance or other HR matters requiring urgent attention.
  • Regular updates provided and advice available to ensure that you are made aware of not only significant changes to existing laws but also to ensure ongoing compliance with all aspects of Italian employment law.
  • Bradford Jacobs will bring any issues to your early attention and, where appropriate, work with you to ensure internal policies and handbooks are updated accordingly.
  • Accident insurance covering occupational accidents, commuting accidents, and occupational diseases as required by Italian law is provided as standard.

Payroll & Settlement

  • Fully compliant international payroll funding process ensuring that employees and competent authorities are paid on time, electronically into the relevant bank accounts
  • Statutory filing, submissions and end of year reporting completed as standard.
  • Liability payments made in line with local territory requirements to the respective competent authorities well in advance of deadlines.
  • Staff payments made to employees on a fixed weekly/bi-weekly/or monthly basis as required in local currency.
  • Electronic pay slips provided to employees.
  • We hope that you enjoy a long and mutually beneficial relationship with all your employees. If your employee decides to move on, however, you can rest assured that all leaving documentation required by him or her will be issued efficiently. According to the labor law of Italy, your employees will be at risk of having their work permit revoked if they (i) do not perform the works for which they are employed and (ii) lose vital qualifications that are required to execute the job.
  • Our Bradford Jacobs’ employment solutions helps you have your mobile workforce officially employed in Italy by our company instead of setting up your own legal entity there. You just choose the right candidate that you need to have working for you in Italy and then leave it to us to handle all the rest – fast and hassle-free.

On-boarding

Once the contractor registers with us, we take care of all work-related permits and registration formalities. He or she sends us completed time sheets and any approved expenses. We invoice the end client. When the invoice is settled, we deduct all contributions due to the Italian authorities and transfer the remaining salary into the contractor’s bank of choice.

Finally, at the end of the financial year, we prepare the year-end accounts and, at the end of the assignment, we de-register the contractor.

We appreciate each situation and business is different. That is why Bradford Jacobs offers a consultative and bespoke solution to every client. Personalised job specifications, job offers and benefits packages are all agreed with you during the set-up process. We know one size does not fit all and rest assured we can accommodate all bespoke requirements.

Sounds good? Then do contact us to arrange an initial consultation with our team.