The family reunion visa allows family members of foreign citizens holding a valid visa or residence permit to legally reside in Italy.
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- Types of Family Reunion Visa in Italy
- Requirements for the application
- Obtainment Steps
- Duration and permitted activities
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1. Types of family reunion Visa in Italy
Depending on the case that applies, there are 2 types of visa required for family members:
- Accompanying a foreigner who has already obtained a “D” visa from Italy. The validity of the visa must not be less than 1 year, for work, mission, study or religious purposes;
- Of a foreigner already living in Italy, who holds a valid stay permit. The validity of the stay permit must be not less than 1 year. Moreover, the holder of the stay permit has to have obtained it for one the following purposes:
- Employed or independent work;
- Subsidiary protection or humanitarian.
2. Requirements for the application
For both family reunion visas, the family members who can join a foreigner who is living in Italy are as below:
- Spouse over 18, who is not legally divorced;
- Children who are younger than 18 years (adopted, entrusted or protected children are included), from the spouse or born out of the marriage, unmarried on condition that the other parent, if in being, has granted the official consent;
- Dependent children who are older than 18 years, if they cannot support themselves due to health conditions;
- Dependent parents over 65 years who do not have proper economical means of support in the country of origin.
The authorities perform controls on the document validity, and the family reunion visa will be denied if there is evidence that the only purpose of a marriage or an adoption was granting an entry permit to Italy.
If the foreigner has obtained a “D” visa for Italy, a third person on the Italian territory should be officially delegated, in order to submit the family reunion application to Italian authorities on behalf of the foreigner. The delegated person in Italy shall provide the following evidence:
- Authorization from the owner of the property of stay, granting the consent for hosting the family at the same residence;
- Evidence of the income that the foreigner will be able to financially support the family as ordered by the Italian Law.
- For dependent parents over 65 it is necessary to have an health insurance or similar.
3. Obtainment steps of the Italian family reunion Visa
In order to obtain the visa, it is necessary to follow specific steps in both cases:
- Application for the pre-authorization to the family reunion, or “nulla osta”. The nulla osta shall be requested at the competent authorities in applicant’s place of residence, and will be issued within 90 days from application;
- Upon obtainment of the pre-authorization, visa application for family reunion at the Italian Consulate or Embassy of your home country.
The Italian Consulate or Embassy of your home country will issue the visa in order to allow the family to reunite with the foreigner (check here the one competent for your country). Within 8 days from the family arrival in Italy, it is necessary to submit all original documents to the Public Office covering the area of residence of the foreigner.
Consequently, it is necessary to apply for a stay permit for family reasons at any post office.
4. Duration and permitted activities with a family reunion Visa
The resident permit has the same validity as the one of the relative already living in Italy and they can be renewed together. Moreover, holders of these permits are allowed to perform the following activities:
- Attend a study or training course;
- Enroll to a unemployment register;
- Work as a self-employed or employee.
We apply, prepare and finally submit all required papers to the relevant authorities. In addition, we monitor the process until the visa has been issued.