Sanatoria For Undocumented Immigrants In Italy – What You Need To Know 

permesso di soggiorno2On April 18, the Italian government shared a first draft of the decree for the much talked about amnesty or ‘sanatoria’ in the Italian language. But please keep in mind this is only a draft. In other words, the amnesty is not confirmed yet!
According to a first draft, the government plans to regularize undocumented migrants who can prove that their employer is offering a valid fixed-term work contract in one of the following sectors: agricultural, livestock, fisheries, and aquaculture. The draft also says that once eligible for the amnesty, the person will get a temporary work permit. When this permesso is about to expire, the person may only renew with a valid work contract.
Many associations, including members of the ‘Ero Straniero – L’umanità che fa bene’ campaign, are advocating to extend the sanatoria to other worker categories. You can find a draft of the proposed decree in the Italian language here
In the past few months, we have been receiving many questions about the proposed amnesty that – if passed – would allow to regularize the presence of undocumented migrants working in Italy. We’ve heard a lot of rumors, and we think it’s really the time to stop misinformation.
Here’s a few things to know about this rumored sanatoria:
  • The sanatoria has not been approved yet – and we don’t know if it will! Meanwhile, please be aware of scams! Make sure you don’t give money to anyone promising a permesso in exchange of money. If you have any doubt you can drop us a private message or talk to a trusted legal expert!
  • A first attempt to pass the sanatoria failed at the end of December 2019. However, last January the Interior Minister, Lamorgese, potentially opened the doors to an amnesty. But the government still needs to discuss it. No decision has been made so far!
  • If the measure passes, we’re not sure whether it will apply to asylum-seekers.
Sanatoria – what is it exactly?
  • An amnesty, or ‘sanatoria’ in Italian language, is an extraordinary measure that aims to regularize people without a valid permesso di soggiorno who are employed in undeclared work in Italy.
  • Basically, if you are undocumented and you report yourself to the relevant authorities with the support of your employer, you may get a valid permesso per motivi di lavoro to stay in Italy. This holds true only if the sanatoria is approved and you meet its requirements.
  • The idea of this rumored sanatoria is based on the ‘Ero straniero – L’umanità che fa bene’ proposal. This draft law is under examination at the Constitutional Affairs Commission since April 2019, and a first attempt to pass the sanatoria failed at the end of December.


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