Italy Opens Work Visas for all Pakistanis, Added to ‘Decreto-Flussi’ List

In the latest announcement of its annual schedule of work visas called ‘Decreto-Flussi’, the Italian government has allowed Pakistani nationals to avail seasonal and non-seasonal work visas for the year 2020-21.

Italy Opens Work Visas for all Pakistanis, Added to ‘Decreto-Flussi' List
Italy Opens Work Visas for all Pakistanis, Added to ‘Decreto-Flussi’ List

Over 30,000 work visas would be issued by the Italian government to the nationals from a few non-EU countries, including Pakistan. Pakistani workers in agriculture, tourism, construction and freight forwarding sectors can avail this opportunity.

Over 30,000 work visas would be issued by the Italian government to the nationals of a few non-European Union countries, including Pakistan.

Workers from agriculture, tourism, construction and freight forwarding sectors can avail themselves of this opportunity.

Pakistan has been included in this category of visas after a lag of two years as a result of sustained efforts by the Pakistan embassy in Rome.

Talking to media, Pakistan Ambassador to Italy Jauhar Saleem said Italy hosted the largest Pakistani diaspora

in the EU following Brexit, who sent over $142 million in remittances in 2019-20.

He shared that Pakistan’s community in Italy had been demanding Pakistan’s re-inclusion in the list of countries eligible for seasonal worker visas, ever since the facility was withdrawn two years ago.

Saleem added that the demand for Pakistani workers in the Italian market was on the rise, especially in the agriculture sector. “It is expected that under the current scheme, hundreds of Pakistani workers will obtain gainful employment in Italy,” he added.

Earlier, the Pakistan embassy said it facilitated thousands of undocumented Pakistani workers in Italy in seeking legal status through a scheme launched by the Italian government in June 2020 to regularise the undocumented foreign workers. Over 18,000 Pakistanis applied for regularisation under the scheme.

Despite current crisis, the Pakistan embassy said it had kept its consular section, both in Rome and Milan, functional to facilitate the community in tapping the growing employment opportunities in Italy.