Reacquisition of Italian Citizenship

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Who is Eligible for Reacquisition of Italian Citizenship?

Currently, Italian citizenship is regulated by Law of February 5th 1991, No. 91, Presidential Decree of 12 October 1993, No. 572 and the DPR of 18 April 1994, No. 362.

In order to apply for the reacquisition of Italian citizenship, there are basically two pathways:

  1. a) if the applicant declares in advance his/her will to reacquire the Italian citizenship and the applicant establishes his/her residence in the territory of the Italian Republic within one year of the concerning declaration.
  2. b) One year after the date on which the applicant establishes residence in the territory of the Italian Republic unless he/expresses to give up the Italian citizenship

Otherwise, it is also possible to apply for the reacquisition of Italian citizenship in the following cases :

  1. c) if the applicant performs effective military service for the Italian Republic and declares in advance his/her will to reacquire the Italian citizenship
  2. d) if in the case, the applicant takes a public job employed by the Italian Republic (even abroad), he/she declares in advance his/her will to reacquire the Italian citizenship
  3. e) if the applicant declares in advance his/her will to reacquire the Italian citizenship, in the specific case where the applicant had lost the Italian citizenship by failing to abandon the employment of another State or an international body (even when requested) and demonstrates that he/she has established residence for the last two years in the territory of the Italian State and proves to have abandoned the employment given by another State.

In cases a), b) and e), the reacquisition of Italian citizenship will have no effect if the application is inhibited by decree of the Minister of the Interior, for serious and proven reasons and in accordance with the opinion of the Council of State.

Inadmissibility of the Reacquisition of Italian Citizenship

It must be clarified that the reacquisition of Italian citizenship is not allowed in the following cases:

  1. . For the revocation of the adoption (requested by the adopted person)
  2. . If the Italian citizen, during the time of the state of war with a foreign State, has accepted or has not abandoned a public job (including military service) for that State without being under obligation, or has voluntarily acquired such citizenship.

Our Assistance for Reacquisition of Italian Citizenship

We provide advice and legal assistance for foreigners who would like to request the reacquisition of the Italian citizenship.

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

Any person who has been Italian in a certain period of his life can request the reacquisition of the Italian citizenship.
It is not necessary to be born in Italy, but your birth should be registered by an Italian town hall and duly updated with your foreign naturalization.
If you were Italian and then decided to renounce your Italian citizenship and have changed your mind you can reacquire your Italian citizenship.
As you are resident abroad, you should request to update your status at the relevant Italian Consulate with jurisdiction over your place of residency. Consequently, the Italian Consulate will update the information on your birth act registered in Italy.
The Italian Consulate abroad can only handle an initial Declaration of intent, but it is necessary you take residency in Italy and submit the request to the relevant town hall.

It isn’t, but it could be very helpful. In fact, in case you have the Consular Declaration, then you can submit the request of reacquisition at the Italian town hall just after the confirmation of residency. Otherwise, you should wait for a year of residency in Italy before submitting the request.
You should prepare all necessary documents, pay a Consular fee and then book an appointment. While at the Consulate, you should sign the Declaration in front of two witnesses.
The Declaration is valid for 12 months only. Within that timeframe, you should move your residency in Italy and submit the request of reacquisition.
Your minor children can apply with you, but they should be resident with you in Italy and be involved in the whole process.
You should first reacquire your Italian citizenship and only then your spouse can submit her/his application for citizenship through marriage – please check our web page for more information on this matter.
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