The blue card and other particular cases of entrance not provided for in the flow decree
Within the regulations of the Immigration Consolidation Act (Legislative Decree no. 286/98) regarding the entrance and stay in Italy of foreign nationals for work purposes, art. 27 et seq. contain a list of classes of workers for which a work permit is not necessary or – whenever requested – is be issued outside of the entry quotas periodically set by the Flow Decree.
The so called “entries outside of quotas” – that is to say entries for work reasons allowed during the entire year, for which no threshold exists (exception made for entries for traineeships, professional and non professional sports activities and for voluntary work) – and provide for a simplified procedure for the issuance of work permits.
Furthermore, in some cases (seconded managers, university professors, skilled workers seconded in Italy, maritime workers, trainees and journalists) the work permit procedure is entirely by-passed, and an application for entry visa can be filed – either directly or upon communication to the Immigration One-Stop Shop – to the Italian Consulates or Embassies abroad.