Family reunification is a way to legally enter and reside in Italy and it represents a fundamental right to protect family unity. This right is recognized to the foreign nationals residing in Italy in favour of foreign family members.
In the Italian legal system, family reunification is disciplined by Articles 28-29-29bis and 30 of Legislative Decree no. 286/1998 (TUI – Testo Unico sull’Immigrazione).
Family reunification may be applied by (Art. 28 TUI):
The foreign national may request family reunification for the following family members (Art.29 TUI):
In order to obtain the authorisation (nulla osta) for family reunification, it is necessary to submit the relevant application by meeting the specific requirements. In particular, the foreign applicant shall provide evidence of having (Art.29 TUI):
If the requirements are satisfied, the applicant can proceed by following the procedure:
The residence of permit for family reasons is issued for a duration equal to the residence of permit of the family member who requested the reunification.
It allows access to welfare services, to enroll in study courses or vocational training, to perform a subordinate or self-employed activity and it can be converted into a permit for work purposes, if the requirements for the issuance are met.
If the grant of the authorization is denied, an appeal may be lodged to the Italian Court of the city of residence of the applicant.
The order accepting the appeal may issue the visa even in the absence of the authorization. For these purposes, legal assistance shall be requested. Our experts in Immigration Law can guide you through the application procedure and the possible judicial phase.