Work, Learn, Stay: Italy’s Unique Residency Offer for Indian Alumni - Ixorainternational

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Italy has announced an extension, permitting Indian students to stay an additional 12 months after the completion of their degree.
According to the accord, Indian students seeking to gain initial professional experience following their academic or vocational training in Italy may be eligible for temporary residence in the country for a duration of up to 12 months.
The Union Cabinet, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has granted retrospective approval to the Ministry of External Affairs’ proposal to sign and ratify the Migration and Mobility Agreement between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the Italian Republic.
According to the agreement, Indian students desiring to gain initial professional experience following the completion of academic or vocational training in Italy may receive temporary residency in the country for a duration of up to 12 months. Currently, individuals with a master’s degree or PhD are already eligible to extend their stay in Italy for an additional 12 months after completing their studies.
According to official statistics, Italy hosted a cumulative of 5,897 Indian students on study visas in 2022. The figures for the preceding years were 4,791 in 2019, 3,211 in 2020, and 3,008 in 2021.
Furthermore, the Italian side has outlined provisions concerning professional training, extracurricular internships, and curricular internships. These provisions enable Indian students/trainees to acquire experience in accordance with Italian skill and training standards.
As part of the current Flows Decree, the Italian government has allocated specific quotas for non-seasonal and seasonal Indian workers. For the years 2023, 2024, and 2025, a quota of 5,000, 6,000, and 7,000 non-seasonal Indian workers has been reserved, totaling 12,000 for the non-seasonal category. Additionally, under the same decree, the Italian side has earmarked a quota of 3,000, 4,000, and 5,000 seasonal Indian workers for the corresponding years, making the total reserved quota 8,000 for seasonal workers. These measures signify a commitment to facilitating employment opportunities for Indian workers in Italy.
Italy’s decision to extend the stay for Indian students post-degree completion marks a significant step in fostering bilateral ties and educational collaboration. The Migration and Mobility Agreement, retrospectively approved by the Union Cabinet, demonstrates a commitment to facilitating professional growth for Indian students in Italy. The provisions for temporary residence up to 12 months, especially for those completing academic or vocational training, align with the mutual goal of enhancing educational and cultural exchanges.
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