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Family Reunification

Family reunification is the right of families to maintain or regain family unity, which is recognized, under the conditions provided for by the law, to foreigners with a residence permit in Italy.

Since 2001, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has been collaborating with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in carrying out DNA tests for Family Reunification purposes between foreign citizens in Italy and members of their families in their countries of origin or residence.

The DNA test (saliva taking) has a very limited margin of error (0,01%) and is voluntary. However in some cases it is the only way to prove the family relationship and to facilitate the issuance of thevisa for Family Reunification by the Italian Embassies.

The family reunification procedure through the DNA test usually starts in the country of origin or residence of the family members applying for the visa, who register their case at the local IOM office.

After the registration IOM staff in Rome will contact the migrant in Italy, by phone or via email, asking to cover the DNA test’s costs, including for the family members in the country of origin. The cost is 230 Euro per person. After the payment the migrant will be convened in Rome or in Milan for the DNA sampling. IOM staff ensures the accuracy of the procedure and verifies the identity of the person who undergoes the test.

The family members will be tested at the local IOM office in their country of origin or residence. In countries where there are no IOM office, the test will be carried out at the Italian Embassy. The DNA samples will be sent to a genetic Laboratory in Italy in charge to do the analysis.

For more information, consult the official flyer or check the Facebook page for the IOM Family reunification project.


You can contact the IOM Family Reunification Unit (Monday to Friday, from 9 AM to 1 PM):

Tel: +39 06 44186225/233/234 - fax: +39 06 4402533  e-mail: romefr@iom.int