Italian Government Announces Quota Cap for Non-EEA Workers: What Moroccans Need to Know

The Italian government recently announced an important change in its immigration policy, which could have an impact on Moroccan nationals and other non-EEA (European Economic Area) workers wishing to settle in Italy. On September 27, 2023, the Italian government published a decree in the Official Gazette, outlining the new quota system for non-EEA workers in Italy for the years 2023 to 2025. This article aims to provide Moroccan readers with an overview of the changes and what they need to know about these developments.

Allocation of quotas for 2023:

For 2023, Italy has set a ceiling of 450,000 on the number of non-EEA workers allowed into the country. Of this total, 136,000 quotas are available for various categories. It is important to note that these quotas are distributed between different sectors and countries on the basis of specific criteria.

Key dates for submitting applications :

If you are a Moroccan national wishing to work in Italy, it is essential to be aware of the following application submission dates:

December 2, 2023: Applications for subordinate work permits, particularly for citizens of countries that have concluded cooperation agreements with Italy, can be submitted.

December 4, 2023: Subordinate work permit applications for other nationalities can be submitted. This includes work as an employee or self-employed.

December 12, 2023: Applications for seasonal work permits can be submitted. This category concerns certain sectors such as agriculture, hotels, and tourism, and is reserved for specific nationalities.

Categories and distribution of quotas :

The 136,000 quotas are divided into the following categories:

82,550 quotas for seasonal work: This category applies to the agriculture, hotel, and tourism sectors, and is reserved for certain nationalities.

53,450 quotas: Of these, 52,770 are for subordinate work (work as an employee) and 680 are for self-employment. This category includes various sectors such as freight forwarding, construction, hotels, mechanics, telecommunications, food, etc.

Special allowances: There are additional quotas for certain nationalities, including Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Bosnia-Herzegovina, South Korea, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Philippines, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Jordan, etc.

Other categories: Remaining quotas are allocated to several other categories, such as people of Italian descent residing in Venezuela, stateless persons and refugees, family assistance and care workers, and self-employment options for entrepreneurs, freelancers, and artists with high professional qualifications.

Permit conversion: Third-country nationals already in Italy or the EU can convert their seasonal work permit into a normal, non-seasonal work permit (as an employee).


These changes in Italy’s immigration policy are significant and may have an impact on Moroccan nationals seeking to work in the country. It is essential to be well-informed about the specific quota categories and application submission dates to ensure a smooth transition. If you are considering moving to Italy to work, it is essential to consult immigration experts and keep up to date with the latest developments to navigate this new system effectively.

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