Italian Consolidated Immigration Law: amendments to Article 27 quater 

19 December 2023

On 16 October 2023, the Italian Council of Ministers approved Italian Legislative Decree no. 152/2023, which implements EU Directive 2021/1883 on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals (or stateless persons) for the purpose of highly qualified employment. The Decree, published in the Italian Official Gazette on 2 November 2023, amends Article 27 quater of Italian Legislative Decree no. 286/1998 (the so-called “Consolidated Immigration Law”), introducing important changes on the entry and residence of highly qualified foreign citizens.  

In particular, the Decree: 

  • expands the number of highly qualified workers eligible to apply for the EU Blue Card, by amending the objective and personal conditions for access; 
  • changes the procedure for employers to apply for work permits; 
  • provides for employment and re-employment, establishing that the EU Blue Card holder can be self-employed in parallel with employment and also that he/she can seek employment in the event of unemployment;  
  • provides more flexibility in mobility (both short and long term); 
  • updates and changes procedures for family reunification; 
  • makes it easier for a foreigner who holds an EU Blue Card issued by another Member State to enter and reside in Italy to carry out a professional activity. 


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