Asylum and immigration

The spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Italy has implications for asylum application procedures, documents and residence permits. This section, which will be updated regularly contains the most recent information.

Regularization And Surfacing of Employment Relations

From June 1 to July 15, 2020 as an extraordinary measure, it will be possible to file a request for a residence permit so as to promote the transformation of undeclared work into regular employment in the following sectors of the labor market:

  • agriculture, husbandry, fishing and related activities;
  • personal assistance services;
  • domestic work.

Who can file the request:

  1. Employers can file a request to hire foreign nationals already present in the country or can declare the existence of an irregular employment relationship to be regularized. The foreign nationals involved must have had their picture and fingerprints taken or be present in Italy prior to March 8, and must not have left the country after this date.
  2. Foreign nationals with an expired residence permit as of October 31, 2019, - not renewed or converted into another type of residence permit – can file for a temporary six month residence permit valid for the entire country..

Those who file the request must have been present within the country as of March 8, and must have been engaged in the above listed activities.

Should a foreign national obtain salaried employment (in the field of agriculture, fishing, husbandry, personal assistance services, domestic work) during the temporary six month residence permit, the temporary permit will be converted into a residence permit for work purposes.

The requests can be filed in accordance with the procedures set by the Ministry of the Interior at a:

  1. Unified Immigration Desk,
  2. The Questura Immigration Office. 

The requests can be filed after the employer has paid a lump-sum non-refundable contribution of € 500 to cover the expenses related to the transformation of undeclared work into regular employment for each worker. If the request is made by a foreign national the non-refundable contribution is € 160.

The requests will not be considered if:

In the last 5 years the employer has been found guilty of aiding illegal immigration, crimes directly related to the recruitment of persons for the purpose of prostitution or of minors to employ in illegal activities, or of acting as a gang master and of labor exploitation.

If the employer does not sign the residence permit at the Unified Immigration Desk or refuses to hire the foreign national.

Foreign nationals who have received an expulsion order, who are the subject of alerts issued for the purpose of denying entry to the country, have been found guilty of sexual and drug offenses even if it is a non definitive judgment, facilitating illegal migration or other offenses related to the recruitment of persons for prostitution or minors to be employed in illegal activities, do not qualify.

Nor do foreign nationals who are considered a threat to the public order qualify.

From the moment the decree becomes law to the point when the procedure is finished all criminal and civil actions are suspended against employer and worker for:

  1. Employment of a worker for whom a request of regularization has been filed,
  2. Illegal entry and stay on national territory.

During the length of the procedure the foreign national cannot be expelled except for very serious reasons.

The above information provides a general picture. It is not meant to address individual situations. And should further explicative notices be issued to further define the conditions, it's best to talk to a labor consultant, or contact the ARCI Free Number 800 90 55 70.



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The Covid-19 State of Emergency and The Procedure to File for International Protection

The spread of the Covid-19 virus is an emergency in Italy and throughout the world.

To safeguard everyone's health it's important not to leave one's residence and move only for the following reasons: necessity to work; survival necessities; health reasons; reentry to one's home.

In the absence of a valid reason, you will be subjected to sanctions.

To avoid spreading the infection, measures have been taken that modify certain aspects of the international protection application procedure.

1. Do you need to apply for international protection?

The police Immigration Offices are closed to the public, but you can go to the Questura to manifest your intention to apply for international protection; your request will be examined as quickly as possible.

2. Are you waiting to be summoned for your interview in front of the Territorial Commission? Was your appearance scheduled during this period?

To avoid spreading the virus, the offices of the Territorial Commission are currently closed to the public, and the interviews are suspended. As soon as the state of emergency finishes, the Commission will let you know the new date for the hearing, following normal procedure.

Remember every communication and notice from the Commission and other authorities will be sent to the last address you have given. If don't live in a reception center, please make sure that your last name correctly appears on the door bell.

3. Are you waiting for the response to your request for international protection?

You will receive the answer to your request as soon as possible.

If you have received a positive response during the state of emergency, you must wait till it ends to go to the appropriate police station and request the residence document.

In case you receive an unsatisfactory answer, be aware that due to the difficulties caused by the state of emergency the deadline to file an appeal has been suspended. This means you have additional time to file it. You can use this period to contact your attorney or your legal counselor in the reception center where you live.

4. Do you need information on how to proceed or need to send documents to the Territorial Commission?

Currently the Territorial Commission offices are closed to the public. You can send an email to the Commission responsible for your case. For the address see the attached chart.

Validity of residence permits

Following the 'Cure Italy' Decree formal adoption, all residence permits are valid till August 31, 2020. 31 August 2020.

Extension of identification documents

All recognition and identity documents, issued by the competent Italian authorities, which have expired or expired in the days following 18 March 2020 are extended to 31 August 2020. The validity for expatriation remains instead that indicated on the document (Art. 104 Dl Cura Italia)

Identification document: what are they?

THE IDENTITY CARD

They are equivalent to the identity card: the passport, the driving license, the boat license, the pension booklet, the license to run thermal plants, the firearms license, the identification cards, as long as they have a photograph and stamp or other equivalent signature, issued by a state administration.

Immigration Police Headquarters - Residence permits, police headquarters summoned

NOTICE – RESIDENCE PERMITS: APPOINTMENTS AT POLICE HEADQUARTERS ARE POSTPONED
Following the Law Decree n. 9 of 2 March, the summons to the Police Headquarters, received at the time of submission of applications relating to residence documents, could be postponed and any new dates will be communicated by sms. Before going to the police station, we recommend consulting the 'Immigration Portal' - https://www.portaleimmigrazione.it/by authenticating with username and password received at the Sportello Amico Post Office to present the request, to verify the date of the meeting.

IMPORTANT NOTICE - All Immigraion offices are temporarily closed.

INFO All the Immigration Offices of the police headquarters for the renewal and issue of residence permits are temporarily closed to the public.
Only the counters for submitting the application for international protection (asylum application) are open.

Competent Authority: The Ministry of the'Interior

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