How to apply for ricongiungimento familiare (family reunification)
Ricongiungimento familiare (family reunification) allows family members of non-EU citizens to obtain a visa and a residence permit to live in Italy. The foreign citizen can apply for ricongiungimento familiare for his family only if he has a permesso di soggiorno valid for at least one year. In this article, you can learn about ricongiungimento familiare and how to get it.
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For whom can you apply for ricongiungimento familiare?The people for whom you can apply for ricongiungimento familiare are:
- your husband or wife of at least 18 years of age (if you are legally separated you cannot apply for reunification),
- your children under 18,
- your dependent children of age (only if they are totally disabled),
- your parents, if there are no other children in the country where they live or they are there but they cannot help them.
Requirements for ricongiungimento familiareTo be able to apply for ricongiungimento for your family, you must have:
- a house suitable both in size and in hygienic conditions. To prove that your home is suitable, you must obtain the housing suitability document, called “certificato di idoneità alloggiativa”. To obtain this document, you must submit the planimetria catastale and the visura catastale of your home to the Sportello Unico per l’Immigrazione of your municipality, which you can request from the Catasto; if you are renting you must also present the lease agreement (usually called a contratto di affitto) and the document of registration of the contract, which the landlord must give you.
- a minimum income (income is the sum of the net salaries you receive in a year). If a family member joins you in Italy, the minimum income is € 8,970 per year, while for two family members it is € 11,960. For each additional family member you must add € 2,988.89) (if you are a refugee or have subsidiary protection you do not need to have this requirement in order to apply for ricongiungimento).
- health insurance only if the family members who come to Italy are your father or mother and are over 65 years old.
How to apply for ricongiungimento familiareIf you have these requirements, you can apply for the nulla osta for the ricongiungimento familiare. The nulla osta is an authorization from the Italian State that will allow your family member to obtain an entry visa. This request can only be made online on the website https://nullaostalavoro.dlci.interno.it/Ministero/Index2 and it will be examined by the Sportello Unico per l’Immigrazione of the Prefettura of your city. To enter the site you must have the SPID. The documents you need to make the request are:
- Photocopy of your permesso di soggiorno
- Photocopy of your passport and that of the family member for whom you are requesting the nulla osta
- Your certificato di famiglia (family certificate) (to be requested from your municipality of residence)
- The marriage certificate translated with sworn translation and legalized (only if you have to reunite your husband or wife). Legalizing a document means that the sheet must be stamped by the Italian embassy or consulate of the country in which it is issued. If the country is a member of the Hague Convention, a stamp from the Italian embassy or consulate is not needed, but you only need an Apostille stamp. For more information on how to obtain this document, ask the embassy or consulate of your country in Italy.
- The certificate of widowhood (only if the family member for whom you are requesting the nulla osta is a widower) translated with a sworn and legalized translation.
- Documents stating that you and the person you are applying for are members of the same family (only if you are requesting clearance for your children). For example, the registry certificate to be requested in your country of origin. These too must be translated with a sworn translation and legalized.
- The documents that certify your income (for example the CUD, the Modello 730 or the Modello Unico).
- Certificato di idoneità alloggiativa issued by your Municipality of residence.
- If you are a guest in the house where you live, so you do not pay rent and the house is not yours, you must present the Modello S2. In this Model, your homeowner declares that he agrees to host other people from your family. However, if the person who comes to live with you is a child under 14, then the homeowner will have to fill in Modello S1.
- If you are an employee, your employer must declare that you are still working for him with the Modello S3.