How a New Zealand citizen can marry in Italy

How a New Zealand citizen can marry in Italy

American couple rejoice for their marriage in Italy.
Besides Planners, we have been legal consultants for the Italian foreign offices! This experience allowed us to gain deep expertise in foreign affairs.

We did not expect that even the New Zealand government advises its citizens to hire a wedding planner to manage wedding arrangements and bureaucracy with the local italian town hall registrar.
Marriage procedures for foreigners can also vary from town to town.
Your wedding planner in Italy is best person to inform you of local and national regulation.

Applying for a Nulla Osta as a New Zealand citizen

To marry in Italy, Italian authorities require a document called a Nulla Osta to be issued by the New Zealand Embassy in Rome.
This document is similar to the New Zealand Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage, although the latter cannot replace the nulla osta in any case.
Once issued, the Nulla Osta, your wedding planner, will need to book an appointment in Prefettura for legalization of the signature of the New Zealand Consul.
Once it has been legalized, your wedding planner will present it to the town hall registrar where you intend to get married, church, or marriage celebrant for completion of pre-wedding requirements.

A couple walking towards San Pietro Basilica after a wedding at Campidoglio.

To issue the Nulla Osta, the New Zealand Consulate in Roma will require the following:

A cover letter with your contact details, including the address of your wedding planner in Italy, the date of your wedding in Italy, and any other information you consider helpful;

• The original Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage issued by the Department of Internal Affairs. It does not require to be apostilled;

• Certified copies of the biodata pages of the passports of the bride and groom;

• A completed and signed document named “Particulars for Inclusion in a Nulla Osta form“;

• The original, or a certified copy, of the decree nisi or order of dissolution if either or both the bride or the groom are divorced,(Please note that if the bride is divorced, 300 days must have passed from the issue date of the dissolution/decree) or the original, or a certified copy, of the death certificate of the deceased spouse if either or both the bride or groom is widowed.

Once the Nulla Osta is, the New Zealand consulate will courier it to you or your wedding planner.

Please, note that for non-resident foreign citizens, before the wedding is celebrated, the spouses must attend an appointment to declare no impediments to kinship, affinity, adoption, or affiliation between them under art. 87, numbers 1, 2, and 4 of the civil code, nor are there any other impediments according to art. 85, 86, and 88 of the same code.

After this appointment, the couple can get married before the town hall Major or a delegated official.

Who will be your Counselors and Planners?

Law firm for marriage in Italy.

Due to our experience in law firms and the foreign offices of the Italian public administration, we gained significant expertise in Consular affairs, and we are trained to solve the most complicated procedure such as:

1) Nulla osta process, legalization procedure, Court hearings for the refusal of the town hall when there documents missing , legal translation, apostille procedure, emergency procedure for legalization.

2) Same-sex couples that want to celebrate a civil union in Italy as in their country the union is forbidden;

3) Couples that come from countries where divorce is not allowed;

4) Italians living abroad registered at AIRE that need to recover their document to start the marriage banns in the Italian Consulate;

5) Assistance with people that come from countries that do not release the nulla osta;

6) American and Australian couples who needs assistance with “atto notorio” in an Italian Court or the Italian Consulate in the USA or Australia.

7) People with refugee status who have requested asylum in Italy.

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