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Foreign citizens who have immigrated or are in the process of immigrating to Italy can take their family with them. Those who live in Italy and still have family members abroad can apply for family reunification.
The Italian government supports immigrant families, and one of the most popular ways of bringing family members to Italy is by applying for a family reunification visa.
WHO CAN APPLY FOR AN ITALIAN FAMILY REUNIFICATION VISA?
The family reunification visa is available for foreign citizens from non-EU countries
who have family members living in Italy.
Most residence permit holders in Italy can apply for this type of visa, including those:
If you are looking to bring your family members to Italy under a family reunification visa, it's important to note that Italian legislation allows for the following individuals to be included:
REQUIREMENTS FOR OBTAINING AN ITALIAN FAMILY REUNIFICATION VISA
If you are planning to apply for an Italian family reunification visa, there are some important requirements that you must meet.
Firstly, you must be living in Italy and complete the application process here. In order to obtain this type of residence permit, you will need to provide evidence that you have adequate living conditions for your family members.
Additionally, you must have sufficient income to support both yourself and your family members who will be joining you. The minimum amount required is equal to the annual social allowance. It is also important to have health insurance that can cover the medical expenses of both you and your family members. Finally, you will need to provide various documents depending on your residence status. Make sure to carefully prepare all of the necessary documentation before submitting your application.
To successfully apply for family reunification in Italy, it is important that the person currently residing in the country possesses a valid residence permit for at least one year. Adequate living conditions must also be demonstrated, including adequate space in the accommodation unit and adherence to sanitary and hygienic standards.
Financially, the person must have a minimum income of EUR 9,200 per year if bringing one family member, or EUR 13,000 if bringing two. If the family member is a parent over 65 years old, valid private health insurance or enrollment in the national health system must be provided. It is essential to prepare all the necessary documentation carefully to ensure a smooth application process.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO OBTAIN A FAMILY VISA IN ITALY?
The process for obtaining a family visa in Italy can be completed within a relatively short period. Typically, the key can be obtained within one to three months after submitting the application. This timeframe may vary depending on the number of applications received and whether additional documentation is required. It is important to prepare all the necessary documentation carefully to avoid any unnecessary delays.
The person who lives in Italy must comply with specific basic requirements concerning the conditions of the accommodation unit. Thus, if you live in a small flat, you cannoonlyring many family fears here, even though you meet the financial criteria.
According to the Italian law, family reunification in Italy (when it comes to accommodation requirements) can be done as per the following:
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR A FAMILY REUNIFICATION VISA IN ITALY
Apart from the evidence mentioned above, the Italian family reunification visa applicant must also submit a set of documents with the municipality of the city in which the family will live. These documents are:
the residence permit of the applicant and the clearance request for the family members to come to Italy (nulla osta).
The family members residing abroad must also submit several documents to the Italian Embassy or Consulate in their home country. These are the stamp duty receipt, the passport, the nulla osta and a certificate indicating the applicants' residence (non-Italian residence).
Once they arrive in Italy, the family members need to register with the police department in the city they will live in within eight days. We can also advise on how to obtain Italian citizenship. The validity of an Italian family reunification visa will usually be the same as the family member living in Italy.
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I'm Natalia Bertelli, an English/Spanish to Italian legal translator. Since 2008 I have been working on contracts, judicial deeds, certificates, corporate translations for foreign clients who want to do business in Italy, get a dual citizenship or simply settle in my beautiful country.