Dear Committee Members,
To overcome some considerable obstacles regarding the entry and permission to stay of foreign highly qualified persons and their families in Italy, there is need for a more diffused awareness of their strategic importance to the Italian economy. In addition, but to a lesser extend, some new regulative measures are required.
As a starting point for discussion among our members, I would like to propose a summary of the most important requests to bring to the attention of the various Italian authorities, public opinion etc. The following requests have been extracted from my personal experience as a consultant in the field of immigration and from interaction with companies and professionals in the field.
The list of requests which I propose as a first point of reference is the following:
1) With reference to Art. 27, a) of the Testo Unico regarding the immigration of foreigners, establish a maximum period of 30 days between the date of submission of request for a nulla osta and the date of release of the permit to stay.
2) Take measures to avoid that families of highly qualified personnel are blocked abroad even for months because of the lengthy procedures foreseen for family reunion and admission of other family members.
3) Accept the conversion of a permit to stay for study into a permit to stay for work a part from the ‘quota’ which the Italian government establishes every year. This not only for those foreigners who completed a university degree or master / specializzation at an Italian statal university or Italian equivalent, but also to those persons who have obtained a recognized university or master degree in Italy or abroad and who, above all, are considered by the company to be in the possession of the by them required skills and qualifications.
4) Create the possibility to have dedicated access (specified windows and/or hours) at the ‘Sportelli Unici’ of the different Immigration Services (Questure).
5) Have more flexibility in Italian housing regulations. Managers of multinationals should have more flexibility to have lease contracts for short- and mid-term periods.
6) Arrive at letters of intent with (public) utility companies (gas, electricity, telephone ecc.) in order to have more efficient service delivery towards international highly qualified personnel and managers.