On May 7, 2018, with immediate effect, the Italian Ministry of

Labour clarified that applicants for residence permits for family

reasons can start work as soon as they have submitted the


Applicants should keep the postal receipt (ricevuta postale) to

prove that the application has been submitted.

Until now, family permit applicants have had to wait several

months for the issuance of their residence permits before being

allowed to start work.

The residence permit for family reasons allows employment or

self-employment without the need for a subordinate work permit.

Employers seeking to hire family residence permit holders can

plan to do so as soon as their residence permit has been


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about your specific circumstances.

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