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Citizenship

 

Citizenship

REQUIREMENTS

Italian citizenship is based on Jus Sanguinis (literally “right of the blood”, birth right), whereby Italian citizenship is transmitted from parent to child; it is important to be aware that Italian women transmit the Italian citizenship only to children born on or after 1st January 1948 as per a specific Constitutional Court ruling.

The Italian law regulating citizenship is n.91 of 5th February 1992. In contrast with the previous law, the current law reassess the importance of individual intention in the acquisition or loss of citizenship and admits the right to holding more than one citizenship simultaneously, subject to the provisions of international agreements.

IMPORTANT NOTICE!

With effect from 5th October 2018, according to article 14 of D.L. 4th Oct 2018 law no. 113, which became law no. 132 on 1st Dec 2018, there is a fee of €250 for each application or declaration of intent, acquiring, reacquiring or renouncing Italian citizenship.

With effect from 4th December 2018, law no. 132, in order to be recognised as an Italian citizen, according to articles 5 (Italian citizenship by virtue of being married to an italian citizen) and 9 (in case of employment by the Italian Government, in Italy or abroad, for at least 5 years) of law no. 91/92, the applicant must possess an adequate knowledge of the Italian language (B1 level and above of CEFR - Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

The knowledge of the Italian language has to be certified:

  • either with a certificate or diploma issued by an Italian state school or recognized private school (scuola pubblica o paritaria);
  • or with a certificate of Italian as a foreign language issued by an approved institute.

Currently these istitutions, belonging to the CLIQ system (Certificazione Lingua Italiana di Qualità), are:

· Siena University for foreigners;
· Perugia University for foreigners;
· University of Roma Tre;
· Dante Alighieri Society.

The level of the knowledge of the italian language has to be not less than B1.

Please click on the following link Italian Language Courses Abroad for the list of institutes that can issue the requested certificate.

The length of the application process, according to articles 5 and 9 of law 91/92, has been increased to 48 months from the date of application.

 

CITIZENSHIP OFFICE HOURS:

Mondays: from 9:30 to 11:30 the office is open only to
-    “second visits” of Italian citizenship by descent applicants;
-      application of Italian citizenship certificates;
-      certification of translation into Italian of UK criminal records.
No appointment is required to receive these Consular services on Mondays.

Tuesdays: open only to the applicants for Italian citizenship by descent from 9:30 to 11:30.  It is mandatory to book an appointment  online through the “Prenota Online” system (click here to book an appointment)

Wednesdays: dedicated to the Oath Ceremony only.

Thursdays: open only to the applicants for Italian citizenship by descent from 9:30 to 11:30. It is mandatory to book an appointment online through the “Prenota Online” system (click here to book an appointment)

Fridays: Closed to the public in order to follow up on  pending applications and complete back office administration.

RIGHT TO ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP IS ACQUIRED (click on the relevant section for further information):

1. BY VIRTUE OF BEING MARRIED TO AN ITALIAN

2. BY BIRTH RIGHT (applicants must be over 18 y.o.)

3. FOLLOWING PATERNITY OR MATERNITY ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

4. BY ADOPTION

5. BY RIGHT OF RESIDENCY IN ITALY

6. BY DECLARATION OF INTENT

7. BY BEING BORN WITHIN THE ITALIAN TERRITORY

8. BY REACQUIRING LOST ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP

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ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP RENUNCIATION

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CONTACT THE CITIZENSHIP OFFICE

Cittadinanza/Citizenship Office, Consulate General of Italy in London “Harp House”, 83/86 Farringdon Street EC4A 4BL London
Email: cittadinanza.londra@esteri.it

BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT FOR CITIZENSHIP IURE SANGUINIS ONLY

Please note applicants for Italian citizenship by marriage cannot and do not need to book an appointment.


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