Italian Citizenship by Naturalization

Aug 02, 2018

People who have legally resided in Italy for a certain number of years (this vary from case to case) may be able to acquire citizenship, depending on their birthplace, on the citizenship of their parents or grandparents, their nationality, and the length of time they have legally resided in Italy.

 

Normally, applications for the naturalization can be filed after ten years of legal residency in Italy, provided that the applicant has remained compliant with immigration and Italian taxation throughout all this period. The general requirements are outlined below.

 

Applications for the naturalization can be filed after ten years of legal residence in Italy, which can be reduced to:

  • 3 years of legal residence, for those who were born in Italy or who have parents or grandparents that were Italian citizens;
    Example. Ettore’s grandfather was an Italian citizen. Ettore has now been living in Pisa, Italy for 3 years.  Ettore can apply for Italian citizenship at the relevant Town Hall where he has established his residency.
  • 4 years of legal residence for EU citizens
    Ex. Isabelle is a Belgian citizen and has been living in Florence, Italy for four and a half years. Isabelle can apply for Italian citizenship at the relevant Town Hall where she has established her residency.
  • 5 years of legal residence for stateless persons or refugees, as well as for legal-age foreigners adopted by Italian citizens;
  • No period of residence is required for foreigners who have worked for the Italian State for a period of at least 5 years, even abroad.

 

Do you think you may qualify for Italian citizenship by Naturalization? Contact us for an initial assessment by filling out an online form, or send us via email to citizenship@mazzeschi.it .

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