ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP

Italian citizenship is based upon the Italian Law on Nationality amended February 5, 1992.

ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP BY BIRTH:
Birth within the territory of Italy does not confer citizenship. Exceptions: A child born to unknown parents, and a child born in Italy, who resides there legally and uninterruptedly until reaching age 18, and who specifically requests Italian citizenship.

ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP BY DESCENT:
Child, at least one of whose parents is an Italian citizen, regardless of the child’s country of birth. Italian law makes provisions for citizenship to be granted to persons
with specific familial ties to Italy.

ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP BY MARRIAGE:
Person who marries an Italian national is eligible for citizenship unless person
has been involved in any criminal proceeding.

ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP BY NATURALIZATION:
Certain persons may acquire Italian citizenship upon completion of these periods of legal residency:
- Three years for those with familial ties to Italy.
- Four years for nationals of the European Community.
- Five years for refugees, foreigners of legal age adopted by Italians, and persons who
worked abroad in the service of Italy.
- Ten years for others not falling into above categories.

DUAL ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP: RECOGNIZED.
Amendment dated August 16, 1992, states those Italian citizens who acquire U.S. citizenship will retain Italian citizenship unless they voluntarily renounce their Italian citizenship.

LOSS OF ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP:
VOLUNTARY: Voluntary renunciation is permitted by Italian law, though is not required when acquiring a foreign citizenship. Contact Embassy for details and required paperwork.
INVOLUNTARY: The following is grounds for involuntary loss of Italian citizenship: Person voluntarily chooses to serve in the military of a foreign state, especially during a declared state of war.

Italian citizenship information is summarized from the above-mentioned law. Any action concerning Italian citizenship should be taken after consulting with a Italian immigration lawyer or the official authority responsible with Italian citizenship. You can use Italian chat site for finding Italians to marry and date.

8 Thoughts on “ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP

  1. It sounds as if you’re saying marriage to an Italian citizen provides for instant citizenship for the foreign spouse – but that’s not the case, is it? I heard the foreign spouse would have to reside in Italy for 6 months (or outside Italy for 3 years) before applying for citizenship. Could you check and verify? Thanks.

  2. I’am from Venezuela, and I have the citizenships from Europe comunity. I had married two years ago with a venezuelan woman an she has to wait one year more to aply for a european citizen passport

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  4. I will have resided in Italy 10years by next year but I would love to go abroad to study(another european country)after I might have tendered my citizenship application but I had been told after some months I will be asked for documentations showing I am still working and there is where my dilema lie.
    If I am in another EU country studying and working,for the fact that I am still in the EU country,is it acceptable for the Italian govenment.
    Thank You!

  5. If anyone knows of a person or organization that can help me obtain Italian citizenship through the process called Jure Sanguinis please have them contact me at the following: j_candela@yahoo.com.

    Thank you!

  6. If any one knows of a person or organization that can help me with documents for Italian citizenship through the process called Jure Sanguinis please contact me at girolamocandela@gmail.com THANKS!

  7. If any one knows of a person or organization that can help me with documents for Italian citizenship through the process called Jure Sanguinis please have them contact me. THANKS!

  8. You start the process by contacting your local Italian consulate. The laws are much more complex than this website suggests with Jure Sanguinis. It took me 2 years and a lot of paperwork (birth certificates, death certificates, proof of citizenship, etc…)
    It can be frustrating, and don’t expect to get much help online.

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