A residence visa granted for religious reasons could be turned into employment visa, because the law does not expressly exclude the possibility.

Judge ruling : TAR Lazio, Sezione Prima Quater, sentenza del 17 novembre 2012, n. 9492

It is unlawful to deny, when confronted with the question, the conversion of a residence permit from religious reasons to reasons of employment, brought forward by the Administration, on the absence of legislative support.

Article 14 of Presidential Decree n. 394/1999, which indicates the activities allowed in relation to permits for reasons of employment, self-employment, family and study, expressly allows the conversion of such permits for the activity actually undertaken. The said provision, however, cannot be interpreted by the State, in the sense that only the mentioned types of residence permits may be subject to conversion and, consequently, for those not expressly mentioned, such conversion would normally not be allowed. It is, however, a firm obligation to verify the existence of entry quotas allowed for the category of the permit in question, to be performed by the Sole Agency.

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