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ITALY – Changes to Integration Agreement Rules

According to a circular letter dated 30 September, a non-EU national residence permit holder may, at the discretion of the authorities, be allowed to renew their permit even if they have not fulfilled their “integration agreement”.

Moreover, a foreign national previously legally residing in Italy, who signed an integration agreement as part of an immigration application, will not be required to execute a further agreement in case of a new immigration application for Italy.

What is the Integration Agreement?

Since March 2012, a non-EU national residing in Italy for a period of more than one year must sign an integration agreement with the immigration authorities. They then have a maximum period of three years in which to earn at least 30 points in tests of their Italian language skills and knowledge of Italian society.

Action Items

  • Note this clarification of the integration agreement rules, which should ease permit renewals.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Mazzeschi.

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