IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? Italy has officially extended the right of family reunion to foreign nationals in same-sex marriages and civil unions.
What does the change mean? The change will allow same-sex partners who are legally married or in civil unions in foreign countries to qualify as dependents for immigration purposes and obtain residence permits.
Background: On Aug. 5 Ministry of Internal Affairs circular made it clear that, for immigration purposes, Italy would recognize same-sex marriages and civil unions the same way it recognizes opposite-sex marriages and unions. The ministerial circular was widely anticipated after the Italian Parliament voted in May to recognize same-sex civil unions.
BAL Analysis: The new regulations will benefit same-sex partners who may be considering relocating to Italy, as they now have the same family reunion rights as opposite-sex partners.
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