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Family reasons


The family reasons visa allows entrance in Italy to:
• a relative(spouse, children, or dependent parents)of a non-EU citizen holding a regular Italian Permit of stay. In this case you need a “nulla osta” (entry clearance) issued no more than 6 months earlier by the competent “Sportello Unico” (Unified Immigration Desk).
All documents must be presented in original and photocopy (included photocopy of passport and relevant pages, green card, driving license, I-20, Advanced Parole etc.)

Applicants should provide:

1. Long term Visa Appliction form duly filled in and signed at the Consulate. You must appear in person;

2. Recent passport-style photo (3,5 cm x 4,5 cm or 1”3/8 x 1”3/4, full front and white background);

3. Passport or travel document valid three months over the applicant’s planned stay in Italy. The passport will be kept and returned with the visa, if approved.
Visa fee paid for with the exact amount either in cash, credit, debit card or with a money order payable to the Consulate General of Italy.
For non US citizens: Alien Registration Card or a valid US INS visa and letter from US government letters i.e. Advanced Parole, IAP66, I20 and copies (any visa except B1-B2);
Moreover for non-US citizens proof of residence such as driving license or State Income tax.

4. Copy of the EU or European Economic Area citizen’s identity document or passport along with a declaration requesting the presence of the family member in Italy and swearing to be in possession of the requisites foreseen by the law;

5. Administrative documentation (marriage certificate, birth certificate, etc.) attesting to the familial relationship. Proof of relationship (birth certificates for children or marriage certificate for spouse). Foreigners applying for permanent residency in Italy through marriage to an Italian citizen must register their marriage at the competent Italian Consulate prior to applying for the visa;

6. In the case of minor children, written permission from the child’s other parent for visa to be issued.

This consular administration has full authority to evaluate and request additional documentation, if deemed necessary, in addition to what is submitted. Furthermore, the applicant is hereby informed that submitting all required documentation does NOT guarantee the issuance of any particular visa.

Note that incomplete documentation will not be accepted.


Foreigners must report to the ‘Questura’ of the city where they are residing in, to obtain a ‘Permesso di Soggiorno’ (Stay Permit), within one week from entry into Italy. To obtain an extension of the ‘Permesso di Soggiorno’, the foreigner must file an application with the ‘Questura’ before the expiration of the original stay permit.