Since 2016 Italy has allowed civil partnerships “Formazioni Sociali Specifiche” between same-sex couples. The rights and obligations for such partnerships are very similar to those of marriage, with the exception of adoption (stepchild adoption) which is prohibited.
The foreign same-sex spouse of a foreign national normally resident in Italy is entitled to obtain a residence permit for family reasons as long as the relationship is well-established and registered.
Non-EU nationals who have entered into a legally registered civil partnership with an Italian national can also apply for Italian Citizenship. An application can be made 2 years after the marriage if residing in Italy or 3 years after if residing abroad. The law also requires knowledge of Italian to at least B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). Those who have a long-term EU residence permit, those who comply with the Integration Agreement provisions or those who have a qualification from an Italian state school or state-recognized private school, are exempt from this requirement.
Civil unions/partnerships/marriages celebrated abroad can be registered with the Italian authorities and are considered valid as long as they are legally recognized in the country where they have been celebrated.
Couples (including same-sex couples) in a “marriage-like relationship”, who currently live together and support each other personally and materially, are considered domestic partners. To formalize the relationship, one of the partners needs to send a declaration form to the Office for National Statistics in the district in which they wish to establish joint residence, specifying that they wish to apply for a “Convivenza per vincoli affettivi” (common law partnership). Domestic partners are not able to get a family permit or citizenship. However, domestic partners of EU/Italian citizens may, under certain circumstances, obtain a family permit.
If you need more information on this topic, you can find a full version of this article on Academia.edu in the link below:
ITALY – CITIZENSHIP AND RESIDENCY RIGHTS TO SAME-SEX SPOUSES AND COMMON LAW PARTNERS
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