Italian Citizenship through Naturalization by Residency

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Who is Eligible for Italian Citizenship through Naturalization by Residency?

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 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 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
    Example: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.

Our Assistance for Italian Citizenship through Naturalization by Residency

We provide advice and legal assistance for foreigners who may be entitled and would like to obtain Italian Citizenship through Naturalization by Residency.

Our service starts with an initial assessment to check your eligibility for Italian citizenship. Once we confirm you are eligible, we can assist you with document procurement, translation, and legalization of necessary documents for citizenship applications. After obtaining all documentation, we will process and complete the citizenship application. We also assist with the preparation of applications to be submitted to the town hall of residence in Italy.

Our service includes:
  • Legal advice on citizenship compliance
  • Advise of documents to submit and drafting documents
  • Preparation and submission of citizenship application
Extra Services:
  • Document translation and Attestation
  • Legalization and Apostille

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Frequently Asked Questions

About Eligibility

The required number of years should be uninterrupted.
Requirements are based on the number of years of residency, an absence of criminal records, payment of tax in Italy and knowledge of the Italian language. Please contact us for further details.
Non-EU applicants can apply after 10 years of residency and EU citizens after 4 years of residency. Reduced periods of just 3 years of residency are allowed if the applicant has an ancestor born in Italy or who has parents/grandparents who are Italian citizens.
The request of Italian citizenship is based on being currently resident in Italy. The applicant should have been resident in Italy for a certain number of years and have maintained his/her residency throughout the whole process.
One of the basic requirements is proving a salary is produced and taxed in Italy.

Application Procedure

During the process the applicant should attend an appointment at the local Prefettura and submit all originals certificates.
It is advisable to change your residency only after the issuance of the file number K/10… Then, you should immediately inform the authorities involved with your application.
Scanned copies of all documents should be uploaded during the online application, otherwise the request could be rejected.
Applicants should submit all original certificates during the appointment at the Prefettura.

Time frame

Italian authorities should make a decision within 4 years of the online application.
There is no way to expedite the process. It is advisable to prepare all necessary documents in order to avoid possible delays during the process.

Requirments & Documentations

Applicants should produce criminal records for all countries of past and present residencies in order to prove they have no criminal charges.
Italian criminal records won’t be necessary because Italian authorities will make these checks with the local Procura.
Italian authorities only request tax forms for the last 3 years of residency, even if all requirements should remain valid until the end of the process.
You can attend a language school in Italy or abroad, however, it should be an official Institution listed by the Italian Ministry for citizenship applications.
If you have an EU long-term residence permit, you comply with the Integration Agreement provisions or you own a qualification issued by Italian public schools or state-recognised private ones, you are exempt from procuring a language certificate.
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