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Italian Citizenship Lawyers

We are dedicated to helping our clients through the process of becoming an Italian citizen.

How can a lawyer help me become an Italian citizen?

The process for getting Italian citizenship can be complex and time-consuming, and it is important to ensure that your application is complete and accurate to avoid delays or rejections.

Our legal experts experienced in Italian immigration law can provide valuable assistance in navigating the Italy citizenship application process, advising you on the necessary documentation and requirements to ensure that your application meets all necessary criteria.

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How to Apply for Italian Citizenship

Eligible applicants can apply for Italian citizenship either online or within their country of origin with the guidance of legal counsel. 

Once the application is submitted the process can take anywhere from a few months up to two years to know the outcome of the petition for Italian citizenship. If approved, you can apply for a national identity card and an Italian passport.

Requirements for Italian Citizenship

Qualifying for Italian citizenship can be done in many ways. The citizenship requirements for Italy are as follows:

Italian Citizenship by Residence:

  • Certificate of Residence in Italy. This is usually for a 10-year period
  • Family State certificate
  • B1 level of knowledge of the Italian language
  • Valid Passport from your country
  • Valid Italian Residence Permit
  • Clean criminal record in Italy or other countries of previous residence
  • Three years of tax declarations
  • Proof of income. This must be at least €6,041.70 annually for the main applicant and €3,020.85 for each dependent family member

Italian Citizenship by Marriage:

  • Certificate of Residence in Italy. This must show at least two years of residence
  • Family State certificate;
  • B1 level of knowledge of the Italian language
  • Valid Passport from your country
  • Valid Italian Residence Permit
  • Clean criminal record in Italy or other countries of previous residence
  • Marriage Certificate in long-version
  • “Proof Of Life” for the spouse

The above applies to those married after April 27, 1983. If you married before then, you must show the following.

  • Valid Passport of your country;
  • Marriage Certificate in long-version. This must be registered in Italy

Italian Citizenship by Descent, or Jure Sanguinis:

  • Italian Certificate of Birth of the applicant’s Italian Ancestor. This is called “Estratto per Riassunto dell’Atto di Nascita”.
  • Marriage and death certificates (in long-form) of applicant’s Italian Ancestor.
  • Certificates of birth, marriage and death of the members of the direct lineage. This must be in long-form.
  • The applicant’s certification of birth – and marriage if married. This must be in long-form.
  • A Negative Naturalization certificate from the government authority of where the ancestor resided OR their Naturalisation Certificate if they naturalized after the birth of their children.
  • A scanned copy of the applicant’s passport.
  • Certificate of legal residence in Italy if applying from within Italy.

All of these, except the passport, must be translated into Italian by a sworn translator. Both the original document and the translation must be legalized.

Italian Citizenship Application Process Timeline

The timeline for the Italian citizenship application process can vary depending on the applicant’s eligibility requirements. However, the applicant can expect the following:

  • Collect and prepare the documents: One to two weeks. However, when requesting citizenship by descent, it can take up to two years to gather the correct paperwork as it depends on each case and country
  • File the request: one day
  • Decision for the request: Typically up to 24 months
  • Schedule swearing ceremony: Usually 30 to 60 days but can be as longer depending on the competent authority
  • Release of ID Card: One to two weeks
  • Release of ID passport: 30 to 45 days

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, in Italy it is possible to have dual citizenship or even three citizenships. Furthermore, Italy law does not require those acquiring Italian citizenship to renounce their original citizenship.

When submitting the application for Italian citizenship by descent you can choose what surname you would like to keep. You cannot add any surname that you don’t have.

In some cases, in order to apply for Italian citizenship, you must prove to have lived regularly and legally in Italy for a certain number of years. This means that you must be holding a valid residence permit at the time of the submission of the application and to have an Anagrafic Certification stating that your residence wasn’t interrupted during the residence period.

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