The Ministry of Internal Affairs has finally provided clarity on the impact of the recent law recognising same-sex unions on immigration provisions.
On 5 August 2016 the Ministry issued a circular confirming that, under Law no. 76/2016, which took effect on 5 June 2016, the foreign national same-sex spouse (legally registered as such) of a foreign national living in Italy is now eligible to obtain a work permit for family reasons under the same conditions as different-sex spouses.
Documentary evidence of the civil union - in Italy or abroad - will be required to ascertain that the civil union is effectively and legally registered.
Clause 20 of the new law establishes that - whenever in legislation, administrative acts and collective agreements there is any reference to marriage, or the words “coinage” (spouse) “coniugi” (spouses), or equivalent terms - the provisions are to be applied to same-sex civil unions as well.
As a consequence, whenever there is reference to “coinage” (spouse), “moglie” (wife), “marito” (husband), and “sposo” (husband) in immigration law, the provisions are extended to same-sex couples who have entered into a legally registered civil union.