Canadian Citizens who want to celebrate their marriage in Italy will need to present a “Nulla Osta” or equivalent document demonstrating that, according to the law of Canada, they are allowed to be married. Efffetti Wedding Planners in Tuscany will guide you through obtaining the needed documentation.

How to obtain a Nulla Osta (one Nulla Osta per Canadian spouse is required):

Nulla Ostas are to be released by the Canadian Embassy in Rome, and then legalized at the local Prefettura to be used in Italy. The Canadian government does not issue a proper “Nulla Osta” but a Certificate of No Impediment, which is enough to enable your wedding in Italy. To assist Canadians in meeting the Italian requirements, the Canadian Embassy in Rome issues a declaration containing all the relevant information. View Our Infographic

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Obtaining a Declaration (Nulla Osta) from the Embassy in Rome (please be aware of a recent change – read bullet 4)

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OPTION 1 – BY REMOTE (no need to be in Italy in advance)

  1. Complete and swear an affidavit to the effect that there is no impediment to the proposed marriage in Canada in front of a notary public. Here you can view the Affidavit form | Download the PDF version
    • The affidavit may be sworn in Canada in front of a Canadian notary, in Italy at the Embassy of Canada in Rome or abroad at any embassy, consulate or honorary consulate of Canada.
  2. Certified true copy of the spouse’s valid Canadian passport
  3. Proof of Canadian citizenship:
  • For persons born in Canada, original or a certified copy of the long format birth certificate, which includes information on the parents (If you were born in Québec: Only birth certificates issued on or after January 1, 1994, by “Le Directeur de l’état civil” in the province of Québec are accepted)
  • For persons born outside of Canada, original or a certified copy of the Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
  1. Original or certified true copy of a marriage record search issued by each Canadian province and/or territory2 where he/she resided since reaching the age of 16
  2. Original or certified copy of a final divorce certificate or decree (if divorced)
  3. Original or certified copy of a deceased spouse’s death certificate (if widowed)
  4. Certified copy of the fianc(é)e’s valid passport
  5. Information about the fianc(é)e’s full name, date and place of birth, residence, father’s name and mother’s full maiden name
  6. Parents’ consent (if the person is under marriageable age)
  7. Copy of the consular processing fee payment receipt
  8. Mailing/pick-up instructions (mailing is done by registered post to a Canadian or Italian address at no additional cost. You can ask to have the docs sent to Efffetti who will manage the legalization of the Nulla Osta and the return of the other documents to you.)

Please note: If you and your fiancé(e) are both Canadian, you will each need to swear an affidavit and obtain separate declarations.

OPTION 2 – IN ROME:

IN ROME:

Plan to come and meet at the Embassy in Rome, in person, at least one full week before the wedding. You will complete and swear an affidavit to the effect that there is no impediment to the proposed marriage in Canada in front of a consular officer in Rome. Here you can view the Affidavit form | Download the PDF version. Fill in the form but do not sign it until advised by the consular officer, who you will meet upon scheduling an appointment.

When you come to the embassy at your scheduled appointment time, bring the following documents:

  1. Complete affidavit (DO NOT sign until advised by the consular officer)
  2. Certified true copy of his/her own valid Canadian passport
  3. Proof of Canadian citizenship:
    1. For persons born in Canada, original or certified copy of the long format birth certificate which includes information on the parents (If you were born in Québec: Only birth certificates issued on or after January 1, 1994, by “Le Directeur de l’état civil” in the province of Québec are accepted)
    2. For persons born outside of Canada, original or certified copy of the Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
  4. Original or certified true copy of a marriage record search issued by each Canadian province and/or territory2 where he/she resided since reaching the age of 16
  5. Original or certified copy of a final divorce certificate or decree (if divorced)
  6. Original or certified copy of a deceased spouse’s death certificate (if widowed)
  7. Certified copy of the fianc(é)e’s valid passport
  8. Information about the fianc(é)e’s full name, date and place of birth, residence, father’s name and mother’s full maiden name
  9. Parents’ consent (if the person is under marriageable age)
  10. Copy of the consular processing fee payment receipt
  11. Bring the Nulla Osta to Efffetti for the legalization or have it legalized at any local Prefettura (in Rome the Prefettura closes at noon). You should bring one “Marca da Bollo” in the amount of 16,00€ for each Nulla Osta (you can buy them at a local “Tabacchi” – “Valori Bollati” shop). In many Prefetturas the legalization is immediate.

Please note: If you and your fiancé(e) are both Canadian, you will each need to swear an affidavit and obtain separate declarations.

Fees

Fees are payable for the declaration (or for two declarations, in the case where both persons are Canadian citizens), and for the affidavit(s), if sworn at the embassy. The fees are non-refundable. For more information, please see Fees and Method of Payment.

After Obtaining the Nulla Osta

  • As per bullet 11, you will have to have it legalized at the local Prefettura or delivered to your wedding planner who will manage the legalization. Then, two days prior the wedding, you will meet the registrar officer of the city of your wedding to swear a declaration according where you state you understand some articles of the Italian Civil Code and declare you can get married under Italian law. An interpreter will have to be with you if even just one of you is not fluent in Italian. Efffetti will assist you in making all the bookings and providing the interpreting services (both in English or French, should it be your case).
  • On the day of the wedding, you will be asked to be at the town hall with two witnesses (no more and no less than two). In case you are alone in Italy, we will offer you two local witnesses and an interpreter. The mayor of the city you selected or an appointed officer will celebrate your marriage and deliver to you a wedding certificate.

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After The Wedding

The wedding certificate will have to be legalized and then translated with a legal translation at the local court, adding one Marca da Bollo in the amount of 16,00€ per certificate, and then sent to the Canadian Embassy in Rome for Consular legalization (a notary service fee applies to this). After this, the embassy will send to your address the finalized wedding certificate for you to properly register your marriage at your Vital Statistics Office. Efffetti will take care of the whole procedure; explaining timings, bookings, and fees, acting on your behalf whenever possible and providing all the legal translations needed.

Please note: Until recently, a woman whose previous marriage was terminated within the last 300 days had to obtain a waiver from the competent “Procura della Repubblica” (court) in Italy in order to marry in here. Depending on the locality, this law may no longer apply. Please inquire with Efffetti if this case applies to you. We will let you know what to do.

The Canadian Embassy in Rome cannot assist with marriage arrangements. If you do not have someone in Italy who can handle the arrangements with the local municipality (or you cannot stay in Italy long enough to handle them yourself), you can refer to our agency to make the necessary arrangements.

More info on the consular site

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RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES

Roman-Catholic

In the case of a religious marriage ceremony, to be performed at a Roman-Catholic Church, you must present the declaration issued by the embassy, duly legalized by the competent Prefettura, to the competent town hall of the church where you will celebrate your wedding, in addition to all documents required by the church. You can also decide to have a legal wedding in Canada before coming and have the catholic wedding in Italy by bringing evidence that your civil wedding already occurred.

Should you wish to have a symbolic wedding or a blessing (avoiding bureaucracy), you can still have your wedding in Italy and sign the legal papers in Canada. Efffetti will be pleased to arrange a celebrant at the place of your reception. You can read more about symbolic weddings in Italy here

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