Italy changes the territorial jurisdiction for the lawsuits regarding Italian citizenship of people residing abroad

Jun 28, 2022

New legislation regarding Citizenship (art. 36 law 20/2021) has been introduced.

From June 22, 2022, judicial claims for the obtainment of Italian citizenship shall be submitted to the relevant district Court of the Italian ancestor’s native town/village.

Especially, (in accordance with the national provision of 26th November 2021, n. 206) when the claimant resides abroad, claims concerning the determination of the status of Italian citizenship will be assigned to the Court (where the Court of Appeal that has jurisdiction over the district where the place of birth of the Italian ancestor is located).

This is a significant change that has been implemented in order to reduce the workload of the Court of Rome.

It must be noted that the pending cases and those already registered by the Ordinary Court of Rome will be evaluated and processed at this forum. The new legal provision will be applied only for the judicial cases submitted from the date indicated above.

With our Multilingual Service Desks with native English, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish and Portuguese speaking associates serving as a contact point, we offer a dense network of lawyers specialized in citizenship law registered at all 26 Italian Courts of Appeal where cases will be rooted.  

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