The Blue Card is a procedure outlined in art. 27c of the Italian Consolidated Immigration Act, as amended by Legislative Decree 152/2023 (effective Nov. 17, 2023). It enables the hiring of non-EU personnel who are deemed “highly qualified” at any time of the year, without being subject to the quotas set by the flow decree (Decreto Flussi).

According to the new Decree 152/2023, the non-EU candidate to be considered “highly qualified”:

  • must have completed a tertiary level education program that lasts at least three years or have a professional qualification at the post-secondary level that also lasts at least three years, or is equivalent to level 6 of the National Qualifications Framework.
  • must possess a higher professional qualification, attested by at least 5 years (3 for ICT managers and specialists) of experience, comparable to tertiary level higher education qualifications, relevant to the profession or field specified in the job contract or binding offer.
  • the job offer must be for a minimum of 6 months and include an employment contract that guarantees an annual salary equal to or greater than the amount specified in the relevant CCNL and, in any case, not less than the ISTAT gross annual average salary.

The Blue Card is a procedure outlined in art. 27c of the Italian Consolidated Immigration Act, as amended by Legislative Decree 152/2023 (effective Nov. 17, 2023). It enables the hiring of non-EU personnel who are deemed “highly qualified” at any time of the year, without being subject to the quotas set by the flow decree (Decreto Flussi).

According to the new Decree 152/2023, the non-EU candidate to be considered “highly qualified”:

  • must have completed a tertiary level education program that lasts at least three years or have a professional qualification at the post-secondary level that also lasts at least three years, or is equivalent to level 6 of the National Qualifications Framework.
  • must possess a higher professional qualification, attested by at least 5 years (3 for ICT managers and specialists) of experience, comparable to tertiary level higher education qualifications, relevant to the profession or field specified in the job contract or binding offer.
  • the job offer must be for a minimum of 6 months and include an employment contract that guarantees an annual salary equal to or greater than the amount specified in the relevant CCNL and, in any case, not less than the ISTAT gross annual average salary.