Immigration law is a very specific and articulated practice area, as it involves different aspects of Civil, Administrative, Criminal and Labour law. National Immigration law intertwines with European and International legislation, that change continuously in the attempt to improve fairness in the balance between the right of free movement of people and State right to regulate their own borders.
Certainly, this continuously changing framework leads people to require experts’ assistance, especially when migration is not only a temporary status, but when it becomes a life or business choice, or – sometimes – a need to survive. Capacity for updating constantly is of paramount importance for immigration experts, as a single small mistake in dealing with immigration matters can entail permanent ban and other negative consequences to the status of the immigrant.
Damiani & Damiani International Law Firm has a team of Immigration lawyers who have the task – among others – to continuously check updates and legislative emendations, to guarantee effective assistance in all immigration cases: business, study, labour, refugee, humanitarian, family reasons. Moreover, Damiani & Damiani’s presence in strategic geographical areas in Europe and at the border of Middle East allows our firm to face directly foreign realities and dialogue with foreign authorities. Finally, as we avail of a network of lawyers from over 20 nationalities, we can provide actual assistance to people migrating from all over the world.
We manage all the branches of Immigration law providing assistance in filing visa, residency permit, refugee and other immigration applications for accessing or staying in Italy and, in general, in the Schengen area, helping our clients to meet all administrative requirements provided by law, Consulates and Dublin II Regulation. Sometimes, diligence is not sufficient and Italian Administration may refuse visa on wrong basis. Damiani & Damiani helps client to overstep Consular decisions and appeal them to the Administrative Tribunal.
Our team of lawyers assist clients on obtaining permission for opening business activities, companies or for starting self-employment work. We help employers in preparing documentation for hiring foreign employees. Finally we deal with procedures aimed at reunifying families disintegrated by war, persecution or other misfortunes.
What we always recommend to foreign clients who file visa application to Italian authorities in their own countries is to ask for receipt or written documentation of refusal. Sometimes, in some underdeveloped countries, Italian consulates verbally refuse applications. This is unlawful and prevents foreign citizens to appeal visa refusals to Administrative Tribunals.
Moreover, due to EU movement freedom, we remind to EU citizens that they have the constitutional right to move within the boundaries of the EU territory, without previously filing any application for visa. If border authorities of a EU Member State require EU citizens to identify, they have the constitutional right to simply show ID card, and they are free to go. When EU citizens decide to reside in other EU Member States for longer than 6 months, they only need to report their presence to competent authorities.
Damiani & Damiani International Law Firm & Service also focuses on the acknowledgement of the right of free movement within EU territory for those Third Countries’ citizens who are entitled to benefit of the same treatment of EU citizens, according to equal treatment principle. Great attention is given by our law firm to foreign investors who wish to invest in Italy or Sicily. Our firm grants full legal compliance with Italian legislation, and assists clients in choosing the more appropriate and profitable business structure.
Another important topic is Italian citizenship. Many foreign citizens can claim Italian citizenship, due to an Italian ancestor who emigrated many years ago. Some Italian consulates in foreign countries, such as Brazil, adopted a system to avoid an overload of applications for Italian citizenship. Damiani & Damiani is not 100% sure of lawfulness of such a method. To know more about this topic, contact us.