sabato 25 febbraio 2017

Flows seasonal workers in 2017, stabilized quotation

Flows Decree 2017

There will be a total amount of 17 thousand seasonal workers who will be employed on fixed-term contracts in the sectors of agriculture and tourism-hotel.

2017 began with the new parts communicated by the Ministries of Interior and Labour for foreign seasonal workers who will reach Italy from abroad to be used for a few months in the companies of agricultural sector and tourism-hotel: there are 17,000 totally those authorized by the flows decree which also includes allowances allocated to non-seasonal inputs as well as conversions of residence permits.

At the moment this is the only official figure because in reality the text of the flows decree has not yet been published and therefore not available. You have to wait to see the dates on which you can submit online applications (so-called 'day-click').

decreto flussi 2017
decreto flussi 2017

But it is not announced the substantial new about regarding the countries of origin of the workers as it is awaiting the confirmation of those already included in the decrees of recent years (flow decree 2016) and then the borders will open for incoming workers from Morocco and Mauritius , Pakistan, Senegal, Serbia, Albania, Algeria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ghana, Japan, India, Kosovo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Macedonia, Gambia, Moldova, Montenegro, South Korea, Ivory Coast, Philippines, Niger, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Ukraine and Tunisia. flow degree 2017.

Surely, however, in the recent past they have changed some rules pertaining to the entry and residence of seasonal workers. In particular they have been specified with a law the sectors of employment and have also been simplified the multi-annual inputs of workers already arrived earlier in our country, while introducing more stringent rules on accommodation and against the companies that make them arrive in Italy but not hire them. 

A further explanation was provided to the portal Stranieriinitalia by Romano Magrini, in charge of labor policies of Coldiretti. "The seasonal flows - has commented - can not be used for those who are already here without residence permits or enforced to workers in sectors other than agriculture or tourism. 

The goal is to prevent 'false questions' that still have no hope of being accepted, but that engulf the procedure to the detriment of the true seasonal workers and the companies that need it urgently, for example because they start harvesting campaigns. " 

Flows Decree 2017
Flows Decree 2017

The labor unions are absolutely in favor of the fact that in specific fields such as agriculture and tourism and hotel industry the number of employees is also implemented with seasonal foreign nationals because for many of them it is not the first time and therefore have already created a relationship of trust with the companies. 

And even if they arrive from distant countries, the traveling cost will be amortized by the Italian salary that is far higher than that they could earn in their country. 

The point which, however, the labor unions insist on is to pass the job applications only through them, so it can be created a real filter against lawlessness, although until now it has never happened.

venerdì 17 febbraio 2017

Becoming Italian citizens after getting married

Becoming Italian citizens after getting married is possible, however, this can only be done if one is to respect and follow the rules provided by the Act 91/1992. According to the act 91 of 1992, which is currently in function, Italian citizenship can be obtained through matrimony. 

The request must be submitted to the Prefect of the territory where the residence of the applicant currently is. Meanwhile, if the foreigner consort is residing abroad, the submission must be presented to the consular office of the territory in question. In addition to that, the decree granting citizenship will be signed by the Head of Department for Civil Liberties and Immigration.

As stated by the act, precisely at the article 5: “ The consort, foreign or stateless, of an Italian citizen may acquire Italian citizenship after having been legally (for a period of two years( in the territory of the Republic following his marriage. Or, after three years from the date of the marriage if living abroad. If, during that period there was no dissolution, annulment or termination of the civil effects of marriage. Also, if there is clearly no legal separation of the consorts.”

On the other hand, there are different requirements that one must have in order to gain citizenship through marriage. First of all, the applicant must be married with an Italian citizen for at least two years and must have continuos legal residence ( i.e. the possession of a valid residency permit and birth registration) in an Italian municipality for a period of minimum two years from the date of marriage. 

Italian citizens
Italian citizens

If one of the spouses has acquired Italian citizenship by naturalisation after their marriage, the calculation starts from the date of acquisition of Italian citizenship of the spouse, instead of the date of marriage.

However, if the consorts live abroad, the application for citizenship can be submitted after three years ( 18 months if there are children) from the wedding date to the competent diplomatic authority. If after three years spent living abroad from the date of the marriage, the spouses decide to transfer their residence in Italy without the foreign spouse having already applied for citizenship, this will be submitted to the competent Prefecture, when the applicant will comply with the rules of residency, and will be registered in the residency population data. Without the need of two years of legal residence in Italian territory.

The spouses will have to demonstrate that there has been no dissolution ( in consequence to the death of either or by divorce decree), the vice of revocation or legal separation sanctioned by a judge. Under any circumstance, it cannot be granted an Italian citizenship if the applicant has been convicted by final judgment for intentional crime with imprisonment of three years, political offences carrying a sentence of one year, or, offences against the personality of the State or any reasons related to state security.

The question of citizenship by marriage, as well as any other of its kind, provides for the payment of a contribution of 200 Euros, and must be submitted electronically, with all the useful information that can be found directly on the official website of the Ministry of Interior.

Cittadinanza italiana per matrimonio

giovedì 2 febbraio 2017

Bulgarian Citizenship

Bulgarian Citizenship: living and working in Bulgaria

Lately, Bulgaria has become the destination of many people. Life is cheaper, you can make good investments at low prices and, for us the Italians, it still means to live in Europe.

You can live in Bulgaria as mere residents or you can decide to take the citizenship. If you want to move permanently the last option is the one that suits you.

How to acquire the Bulgarian citizenship?

First, you must apply for the permanent residence, which lasts for a year and shall be renewed for 5 consecutive years. That's the basic standard time to acquire the Bulgarian citizenship and passport.

Bulgarian Citizenship

Bulgarian Citizenship: living and working in Bulgaria

The Country also requires to be able to speak a fluent Bulgarian language and, therefore, there will be a language skill test. As aspiring citizens, you must also demonstrate to have an income.

Keep a clean criminal record, or your Bulgarian citizenship application will be rejected. Finally, you will acquire the citizenship after some psychological and physical tests, as well as an HIV test.

At the time of the application, it is important to send the birth certificate, a picture and a statement which explains “why” you would like to become a Bulgarian citizen. You will then also need a document from the Ministry of Education, certifying your language skills.

The Bulgarian citizenship may be acquired for economic merits, with minimal investments on the territory of 250.000 euros.

Finally, there is the right of blood (ius sanguinis), which allows a child by Bulgarian mother or father to acquire the citizenship.  

venerdì 9 dicembre 2016

Immigration, more Italian citizenship than the residency permission

The italian passport and on the other hand the residency permission.

Citizenship , Italian passport , Residency permission

immigration italy 2016, more italian citizenship than the residency.

Official numbers confirm that having the Italian citizenship is much more easier than having residency permission in the last years .

The number of foreigners that have the Italian citizenship becomes more every year : in 2012 was 60 thousand , in 2014 was 120 thousand and in 2015 was 178 thousand.

immigration italy law

That confirms the 22 relation about the migration of the foundation Ismu that photographs a situation : it’s too easy for a migrant to apply for the Italian citizenship to stay in Italia and this is easier than waiting for the EU to give a residency that takes a lot of time .

It’s not a case that in many Italian regions in 2015 and in 2016 have been registered an increase in the requests for citizenship like a drop instead of the requests for the residency permission . the reasons are clear and staying in time but also in the difficulties that have been registered to have the residency permission .

For example if you need to have the residency card it is necessary to pass an Italian language test and on the other hand there is no test for the citizenship , the card serves the release of the housing eligibility from the common but for the citizenship no .

That makes the taxes for the person increase also to 500 Euro for any practice , and asks for other documents , that makes the life harder to change the applicants idea .

immigration italy 2016

That’s because the requests for the citizenship became more easier and the increase of the requests that have been registered in the last years must be for reasons of pratical order and the requests haven’t do a right effect in our country .

Waiting a reply for the request of the Italian passport takes about two years , it takes less time than the past with more than 100 thousand questions sent every year .

Then the applicants can continue staying in Italy and waiting , and in case they get positive answer they will get new lifes , in fact the Italian citizens will be free to move in Europe searching for jobs that they will not get .

You mustn’t be amazed that in 2014 there were about 20 thousand migrant from Italy that didn’t born in Italy and in 2015 the quote may be increased for about 25 thousand . simply they must respect the law in the moment they get the Italian citizenship , either by their will or by choice , they can stay anywhere they want or they have another prospectives.

  Italian Lawyer - Italian Immigration Blog

sabato 13 agosto 2016

Italian Citizenship : How To Speed Up The Waiting Time

Italian Citizenship

The waiting time to get Italian citizenship is rather long.

In addition to the period required to meet the legal conditions, foreign citizens are expected to wait for further 730 days before having their application to become Italian citizens accepted.

However, the facts amply demonstrate that two years are not enough and deadlines are hardly ever respected. Foreign citizens may have to wait up to five or six years before receiving a “yes”.

The reason for these long bureaucratic waits is the rising demand from foreigners to get Italian citizenship. On the other hand, there is an inadequate number of people in charge of processing the requests, implemented for this reason a few months ago.

Although new laws were made to speed up the process, the waiting time is still extremely long. So here are two tips to help you reduce it or, at least, not exceed the limit of 730 days required by law.

How to speed up the waiting time

Is there a way to speed up the waiting time for foreign citizens who want to get Italian citizenship?

First and foremost, make sure you have not made any ​​mistakes in filling in the application to submit to the competent department. We recommend seeking help from a legal specialist.

Specialized assistance in this case can mean a lot as it can reduce the risk of further revisions to complete documents or information, which would unavoidably extend the time for your application to be accepted.

The second thing to do is to solicit the competent department as soon as the 730 days required by law to get Italian citizenship expire, so that your application can proceed without undergoing an unnecessary period of immobility.

velocizzare la pratica di cittadinanza 
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(english version)

  Italian Lawyer

mercoledì 22 giugno 2016

Italian residence permit, increase in the application fee

Italian Government raises Residence permit fee

From May 2016 the fee to obtain the electronic Residence permit will be increased from the current € 27.50 to € 30.46, and this excludes all other permit-related taxes. Trade unions are on the warpath.

the fee to obtain the electronic Residence permit will be increased

The month of May has started with bad news for migrants who intend to apply for an Italian Residence permit. The government, led by Prime Minister Renzi, has decided on a small but concrete increase in the application fee.

The new figures

The new application fee for the electronic Residence permit, which is obtainable in Italy since last autumn, has been increase to € 24.56, to which one should add the VAT and a fixed postal commission of € 0.5, for a total of € 30,46. This is almost € 3 more than the previous € 27,50 fee.

The fees applicable for issue of a new permit or renewal of an expired one stay the same, and vary from € 80 to € 100 depending on the type and the length of the permit. All in all, the cost for a Residence permit is now between a minimum of € 110.46 for a one-year permit, € 130.46 for one to two-years permits and € 230.46 for permits of more than two years, like the business ones.

Additional € 30 can be added for the sending of an application or renewal “kit” through Poste Italiane (the national post service), as well as € 16 for the notary stamp.

The decision of the Court of Justice of the EU was ignored

These amounts will have a heavy impact on the migrants, especially in the light of last autumn’s decision by the EU Court of Justice that such costs were excessive and could damage the rights of migrants applying for Italian residency. 

This was the result of the Court accepting an appeal from employer’s organizations, and it should have had the opposite effect on the fees, but the government did not seem to have obliged to such decision – although there seems to be an open discussion at the Parliament.

This is why trade unions and employer’s organizations promised to be in the loop and to insist for a change. They deem it an operation only aimed at making revenue: “This looks like a bad joke at the expenses of foreigners, who have to pay these fees and then waste more time in applying for their refund from the EU Court of Justice”. 

In the meantime, they started a campaign to receive the refund applications from the migrants, and they invite the applicants and their families in their offices to apply also for the paid amounts of January 2012, when these regulations entered into force.

Costo del permesso di soggiorno, aumenti

martedì 14 giugno 2016

The times to get the Italian Citizenship

What Are The Times To Get The Italian Citizenship ?

Waiting times to get Italian citizenship vary primarily based on the attainment of minimum requirements. A foreigner who for example marries an Italian citizen, will be able to obtain residency in two years. In case of naturalization, the years required by Italian law are 10.

But there are others waiting times that are often not kept in mind by those who want to obtain Italian citizenship. After they have been met the necessary requirements to make the request to become to all Italians citizens effects, you will be further subject to other expectations because of the time required by Italian bureaucracy.

According to Law 362 of the 18/04/1994 art.3, the foreigner who has reached the necessary requirements to advance application for Italian citizenship, will have to wait up to a maximum of 730 days before of being accept the application and become all the effects of a citizen of the country.

Unfortunately, the facts show a very different reality.

The extra-EU citizen who is in a position to put forward a formal request, will have to undergo even more time than was already provided for by law. In fact, on average, spend 4/5 years before they see notify the grant.

These practices remain for years waiting to be inspected by the competent bodies, but then, when that happens, that errors or inaccuracies are found not on the demand for Italian citizenship, which will reject the request and will force the stranger to make over again their request.

With the assistance of an experienced immigration attorney can obtain Italian citizenship within two years (730 days from the application) speeding up the definition of the granting of citizenship

Tempi di attesa della cittadinanza italiana

  Italian Lawyer - Italian Immigration Blog

lunedì 13 giugno 2016

Income required for Italian citizenship

Question: What is the minimum income required to submit the application for Italian citizenship?

In the case of application for Italian citizenship for residence under Article 9 of Law 91 of February 5, 1992 it is necessary to possess a personal or family income in the last three years amounted to EUR 8.263,31 for the sole applicant.
If the citizenship applicant is part of a family unit, so if he is married or has children, then the minimum income for citizens is increased from € 8.263,31 to € 11.362,05. To the new minimum income of € 11,362.05 requested by the applicant with spouse, you will add up more euro 516,46 for each dependent child.
They must accompany the application for Italian citizenship tax models CUD, UNICO, 730 relative to the income of the last three years.
Italian citizenship

And possible to take into account the income of the entire family unit to which the applicant belongs Italian citizen when it is clear that there are other resources that form the income.
For the application for citizenship by marriage is not necessary a minimum income, being sufficient the status of the spouse with Italian citizen.
The minimum income for Italian citizenship is one of the requirements of the Law no. 91/92. To define the minimum income amount is Article 9 of the Law 91 of February 5, 1992, stating that the Italian citizenship applicant must have an annual personal income of EUR 8.263,31.
This income refers to only requesting Italian citizenship: you must therefore be attached to the citizenship required tax documentation (for example, the tax return or CUD or 730) which demonstrates that the applicant itself has said income.
Reddito minimo per cittadinanza italiana

  Italian Lawyer

domenica 5 giugno 2016

Italy receives the migrants


Seven hundred people, following the International Migrations Organisation, were on board of the cargo ship Clipper Hebe, which sank near Crete on the 4th of June. 

It is one of the worst episodes ever happened in the Mediterrean, which lets us wonder of a very difficult summer, for both the Italian and Greek. 

The are only 350 survivors, and as they arrived they told to the Greek Coast Guard, to be on their way to Italy. The authorities of both countries found an agreement as soon as possible, and decided to bring the migrants to Italy.


President of Council Matteo Renzi, immediatly after hearing the news, gave orders to have the migrants brought to Italy at the Augusta port. In the morning of the 5th June, the 350 survivors finally arrived on the sicilian coast.

Migrant Law, Italy
Migrant Law, Italy

The power of attorney of Siracusa has opened the invastigations on the case in order to identify the migrants and to find the responsibles. 

Human Right Watch and other humanitary organisations talk about a minimum of 800 dead people in the Mediterrean in last week. In the meanwhile, the number of migrants arrived on italian coasts raised by 4% on an annual base. 

Moreover. on the 4th of June other 350 migrants were succored in the Channel of Sicily, south from Capo Passero.


The decision to bring the survivors of the Crete tragedy in Italy provoked very strong controversies. The first one to tell his vision about the whole story is the Senato vice-President, Maurizio Gasparry, who declared “It’s a shame. 

Even if shipwrecks occur in Crete, migrants are brought to Italy and not towards the closest places. It’s really the last straw.” 

On the other hand, there are still ones who want integration and move in that direction, like the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, who inaugurated a museum of immigration on the Island of Lampedusa on the 3rd of June.

Migranti e profughi dalle coste cretesi accolti in Italia

  Italian Lawyer - Italian Immigration Blog