FAMILY PETITION / FAMILY REUNIFICATION

RICONGIUGIMENTO FAMILIARE

Filipinos, Indians, Bengalese, Nepalese, Sri Lankans, Chinese, Marocco, Pakitans, Egyptians, Nigerians, Senegals, Peruvians. Ecuadorians, and many other foreign citizens present in Italy shows an undeniable number of migrants here in this country. One of the reasons why this number continues to grow is because of the possibility for these foreigners to take their family members from their country of origin. This process is called Family Reunification or more commonly known as FAMILY PETITION.

Now, let’s take a look at what are the requirements needed for Family Reunifcation/Family Petition:

WHO ARE ENTITLED TO FILE FAMILY PETITION / FAMILY REUNIFICATION?

Here are the considerations to make before the application:

First, do you have valid permit to stay?

This permit to stay or in Italian we call it Permesso di soggiorno, can be:

  1. Per motivo di Lavoro subordinato (if employee)
  2. Per motivo di Lavoro autonomo, (if business owner or self-employed)
  3. Per motivo di asilo politico (for political asylum)
  4. Per motivo di studio (for students)
  5. Per motivi religiosi (for religious activity)
  6. Per motivi di famiglia (if dependent with a family member)

Second, what is your source of income and how much is necessary?

Source of income can be:

  1. From employee salary
  2. From business activity income
  3. From cohabitant family member’s income if yours is not enough

The amount of income necessary depends on the number of family to apply for family reunification. It is as follows:

WHAT ARE THE PROCEDURES?

First, we have to process the Idoneita’ alloggiativa. Depending on your municipality, the procedure can be online. The documentation to be presented is also different from every municipality.

Generally the documents needed are:

  1. Identification Documents such as passport and permesso soggiorno
  2. For house rentals, the rental contract (contratto affitto), and for house owners, the deed of ownership(atto di proprieta’)
  3. House planimetry (planimetria)
  4. Printed copy of the application form signed by the interested persons such as the applicant and house owner.

NOTE: The surface area of a suitable accomodation should be 14sqm for every occupant, unless the house is a studio type(monolocale), it shoud be at least 38sqm.

All the documentation needs to be submitted in your respective municipality. It will take about a month for the release of Certificato di idoneita’ alloggiativa.

Then , once the certificato idoneita’ alloggiativa is obtained, we can now proceed for the application online for family reunification/family petition. All the documentation needed should be attached on the application form before submitting online.

After, these processes, all you need to do is wait for an appointment to present personally and eventually pick up the nulla osta

Lastly, you’ll need to send the origibal copy of Nulla osta to your family member, and subsequently he/she needs to present this to the Italian Embassy/Italian Consulate to obtain his/her visa for Family Reunification.

 

1 familiare: € 8.975,46

2 familiari: € 11.967,28

3 familiari: € 14.959,10

4 familiari: € 17.950,92

5 familiari: € 20.942,74

THIRD, FOR WHICH FAMILY MEMBER IS IT POSSIBLE TO APPLY FOR REUNIFICATION / PETITION?

The petitioner can only file reunification for spouse, children aged under 18 years ,with the exemption that you can petition a child even at age above 18 if he/she has special health condition, or parent over 65 years old . Unfortunately, it is not possible to file family petition for siblings or cousins other than the firsts mentioned.

FOURTH, DO YOU HAVE AN AVAILABLE ACCOMODATION FOR YOUR FAMILY MEMBER?

To demonstrate the availability of accommodation you have to process Idoneita’ alloggiativa. Literally this means that you have to prepare a suitable house for the family member where in he/she will take residence once he/she arrives. This is another rigorous process that should be tackled more thoroughly. This type of document is not only important but very critical especially in big city as Rome, Milan, Naples where the local laws are more restrictive; for this reasons we advise against to do yourself because the risk of rejection is very high; to reduce this risk you can take a support ad a company as BBS PRATICHE.

FIFTH, WHAT ARE THE DOCUMENTC NEEDED?
  1. Personal documents: passports (also of the family to apply for), Permesso di Soggiorno, Codice fiscale (fiscal code)
  2. Declaration of Income : 730/ UNICO/ CUD
  3. Work contract: Denuncia rapporto lavoro or UNILAV
  4. Latest Bolletini Inps (MAV)/ 3 Busta paga(payslips)
  5. Certificate of family Status
  6. Standard form from the Prefecture : S2/ S1 and S3 <insert link for download>
  7. Certificate of Idoneita’ Alloggiativa

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