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Italy - Obtain a Citizenship Certificate

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Procedure[edit]

The application, completed in all its parts, containing all affidavits of certification specified in the template available online , must be submitted to the Prefecture of the place of residence. For residents in the municipalities of the Autonomous Region of Valle d'Aosta, the application must be submitted to the Department of Local Government, and civil protection services of the Prefecture - Prefecture of Business - Single Desk for Immigration - Course Aosta Battalion, n. 16-11100 Aosta. The alien who resides abroad, can apply after three years of marriage, the competent Consular Authority.

The application seeks to obtain the recognition of Italian citizenship is submitted to the Authority Italian diplomatic-consular if the applicant resides abroad or the registrar of the municipality where the applicant resides in Italy. In both cases the application, together with appropriate documentation to support the above requirements, it should be forwarded to the Inter-ministerial Committee, established within the Ministry of the Interior, which shall give its opinion as to the existence of the requirements of the law.

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Instances, accompanied by all the required documents in original and copy can also be sent by registered letter with acknowledgment of receipt or hand-delivered to the office of protocol Via IV Novembre 119 A, 00187 Rome.

In the case of hand delivery, the request must be submitted in person or by representative by proxy accompanied by a photocopy of a valid identity document



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Required Documents[edit]

  • Passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Your parents' marriage certificate
  • Your parents' birth certificates (or grandparents' certificates, if applying through earlier ancestry)
  • Any ancestry divorce and death records
  • Criminal record certificate of the country of origin and of any other country of residence.
  • You will need to get legal translations from "Notarized translators" of each certificate and attach translations with originals.



Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Ministero dell'Interno
HomePiazza del Viminale n. 1 - 00184 Roma
TelefonoCentralino tel. 064651
GPS COORDINATE GPS
41.899721690058364, 12.494035363197326

Directory of Italian municipalities

List of Regions in Italy (prefecture-Territorial Office of the Government)



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Eligibility[edit]

FOR MARRIAGE WITH ITALIAN CITIZEN (ARTICLE 5 OF THE LAW 91/92 AND AMENDED)

Citizenship, in accordance with Article 5 of Law February 5, 1992 no. 91 and subsequent amendments and additions may be granted by marriage, in the presence of the following requirements:

  • The applicant, a foreign national or stateless person, to be married to an Italian citizen and reside legally in Italy for at least 2 years after the marriage
  • If the spouses reside abroad, the application may be made after three years from the date of marriage

These terms are reduced by half in the presence of children born or adopted by the spouses.

At the time the decree granting citizenship should not be intervened dissolution, annulment or termination of the civil effects of marriage and there must be separation of the spouses.

FOR RESIDENCE IN ITALY

Citizenship within the meaning of 'art article. 9 of Law 91 of 5 February 1992 and subsequent amendments and additions, may be granted:

  • The foreigner whose father or mother or one of the direct ancestors of the second degree were citizens by birth or was born in the territory of the Republic and, in both cases, there is a legal resident for at least three years (art. 9 , c.1 letter a)
  • At the foreigner adopted by an Italian citizen lawfully resident in Italian territory at least five years after adoption (Article 9, c.1, letter. B)
  • The foreigner who has served, even abroad, for at least five years in the employ of the Italian State (Article 9 c.1, letter c)
  • A national of an EU Member State if legally resident for at least four years in the Italian territory (Article 9 c.1, lett.d)
  • Stateless and refugee who is a legal resident for at least five years in the Italian (Article 9 c.1, letter e) in conjunction with article 16 c.2)
  • The foreigner residing legally for at least 10 years in the Italian territory (Article 9 c.1, lett.f)

In accordance with Article 16, the alien recognized as a refugee by the Italian state is stateless for the granting of citizenship

PURCHASE AUTO

Minor children of a person who acquires or reacquires Italian citizenship, if you live with it, acquire Italian citizenship, but have become older, they can give it up, if in possession of another nationality (Article 14 L.91/92).

ELECTION OF CITIZENSHIP

The foreign born in Italy, who has resided legally without interruption until they reach the age of majority, may declare that it will elect the Italian citizenship within one year from that date (Article 4, c.2). Such a statement will be made by the person, the Civil Status Officer of the Municipality of residence

RECOGNITION OF ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP BASED ON SPECIAL LAWS

Official Gazette on 28/03/2006 was published the Law 124/06 on "Amendments to the Law 91/92, concerning the recognition of Italian citizenship to their compatriots Istria, Fiume and Dalmatia and their descendants." That legislation introduced after the art. 17 of l.91/1992, Art. 17a and 17b, providing recognition of Italian citizenship to persons who have lost our status civitatis as a result of the Treaty of Paris of 02/10/1947 and 11/10/1975 Osimo and to their descendants, in the presence of following requirements:

  • (A) in the event that article 17 bis, paragraph 1, letter a) of Law 91 of 05/02/1992;
  • Italian citizenship and residence in the territories ceded to former Yugoslavia at the date of entry into force of the Treaty of Paris and the Osimo;
  • loss of Italian citizenship as a result of the abovementioned treaties;
  • belonging to the Italian group;
  • (B) in the art. 17 bis, paragraph 1, letter b) of Act 91 of 05/02/1992;
  • direct descendants of the applicant by the person referred to in subparagraph a) and knowledge of the Italian language and culture.



Fees[edit]

16.00 revenue stamp
200.00 contribution to art. 9-bis, paragraph 2 of Law 91/1992 (to be paid on current account no. 809 020 payable to the Ministry of Interior DLCI - citizenship 



Validity[edit]

Explain the time until which the certificate/document is valid.
e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever



Documents to Use[edit]

Art form. 9 - Grant for residence

Form art. 5 - Grant for marriage



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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

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Instructions[edit]

How to obtain Italian citizenship is defined under Italian Nationality Law, as controlled and regulated by the Ministry of the Interior of Italy. Italy, like many other European countries, prefers ancestry-based citizenship, the "right of blood" (or "jus sanguinis"), as opposed to birthplace-based citizenship, the "right of soil" (or "jus soli"), when admitting new citizens. There are multiple conditions by which you may seek, apply for, and be granted citizenship in Italy. If you fulfill any of these conditions then you may apply to begin the process of applying to be a citizen. After successfully completing the process you will be issued with an Italian Citizenship Certificate.



Required Information[edit]

  • Full names
  • Gender nationality
  • Place of residence
  • Date and place of birth
  • Fiscal code
  • Parents full names
  • Nationality of both parents
  • Marital status
  • Name of your spouse
  • Nationality of your spouse



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Need for the Document[edit]

The Citizenship Certificate attests the Italian citizenship of a person. It demonstrates the Italian citizenship and can therefore only be issued to persons resident in Italy. It contains the personal data (name, surname, date and place of birth) and the specification of citizenship.


Information which might help[edit]

If your parents (rather than your grandparents) are Italian citizens, you are entitled to citizenship yourself through the jus sanguinis principle. This is an automatic adjudication of citizenship and requires little paperwork. On the other hand, citizenship is not automatic for children born in Italy, unless both their parents are Italian. Children of foreign-born people who don't have the Italian citizenship themselves can only be granted citizenship after three years of residency in the country.



Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

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e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.


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