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.