The Italian government has allowed Pakistanis to apply for seasonal and non-seasonal work visas called Decreto-Flussi for the year 2020-21.
Over 30 Thousands work visas would be issued by the Italian government to a few non-EU countries, including Pakistan.
Workers from agriculture, touris anad construction sectors can avail this opportunity.
Pakistan has been included in this category of visas after the lag of two years as a result of sustained efforts by the Pakistan Embassy in Rome.
Pakistan Ambassador to Italy Jauhar Saleem said Italy hosted the largest Pakistani diaspora in the EU following Brexit, who sent over $142 million in remittances in 2019-20.
He further shared that Pakistan’s community in Italy had been demanding Pakistan’s re-inclusion in the list of countries eligible for seasonal worker visas, ever since the facility was withdrawn two years ago.
The Pakistan embassy said it facilitated thousands of undocumented Pakistani workers in Italy in seeking legal status through a scheme launched by the Italian government in June 2020 to regularize the undocumented foreign workers.
Despite the second wave of Covid-19 the Pakistan embassy said it had kept its consular section, both in Rome and Milan, functional to facilitate the community in tapping the growing employment opportunities in Italy.