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Legal Guide Italy

Family members of EU citizens and their right to live in Italy

Family members of European Union citizens who are not nationals of the EU must apply for a residence permit for family members of Union citizens (carta di soggiorno per familiare di cittadino UE). This permit is valid for five years from its date of issue.
A family member of EU citizen can be:
- a spouse (wife or husband)
- children aged under 21 years old
- dependent children who are aged over 21 years
- dependent parents

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How to become Italian citizen through marriage

According to the Law, a foreigner who has married an Italian citizen can become an Italian citizen. This is valid whether your spouse is an Italian citizen by birth or obtained the citizenship for instance, after being a legal resident for ten years.

This is a right of all spouses of Italian citizens, and it can only be denied to those who have been sentenced for serious crimes either in Italy or abroad. It can also be denied to those who are considered a threat to the national security and public order.

One doesn’t automatically acquire Italian citizenship after marrying an Italian citizen. There are conditions to be met and a procedure to be followed in applying for citizenship.

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Important rules to know before leaving Italy for holidays

All who applied for regularization must remain in the country

Before you decide to leave Italy for any short journey abroad, here are some important rules you should know, depending on your legal status in the country.

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How to come to Italy for medical treatment

Question: My nephew who lives in Nigeria is sick and I would like to bring him to Italy for medical treatment because the doctors in Nigeria say they don’t have the required facilities to treat him. What should I do?

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Security Package: How it affects family reunification and cohesion

Law Number 94 of 2009, the so-called Security Package introduced several changes to immigration rules. Some of them affect the requirements and family members one can apply for family reunification and family cohesion with. Here are some of the changes.
 
Amendment to Article 116 of the Civil Code

In order to discourage marriages of convenience between foreigners and Italians, the new law has banned irregular immigrants from marrying in Italy.

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