On December 10, 2012, Italy's Ministry of Interior provided clarifications on Blue Card eligibility requirements.
In addition to the apostilled and translated educational degree (at least a three-year degree course), the authorities now also require the individual's professional position to be validated by the Italian Ministry of Education. This new requirement has been enforced by the Immigration Authorities according to the Ministry's official notification number 7591 of December 7, 2012.
To obtain the Ministry’s validation, the following documents are required:
- Original Diploma, translated into Italian language and legalized with the apostille/consular stamp;
- Certified copies of university transcripts, translated into Italian and legalized with the apostille/consular stamp;
- Declaration of Value issued by the relevant Italian consulate. The Declaration of Value is an official document that provides a short description of a certain academic or professional qualification, awarded to a specific person by an institution belonging to an educational system other than the Italian one.