Italian citizenship applications are suspended in the period between February 23, 2020 and April 15, 2020

Mar 30, 2020

I. Italian citizenship applications by marriage and by residency

All Italian citizenship applications by marriage and by residency already pending at the date of February 23, 2020 or filed after that date are suspended in the period between February 23, 2020 and April 15, 2020. This means that all the applications will not be processed in the period between February 23, 2020 and April 15, 2020.

As a consequence, 4 years processing time required to finalize citizenship applications by marriage and by residency is extended for the corresponding period. Applicants are suggested to monitor any communication on the dedicated portal.

In addition, it is to be noted that the validity of all permits, authorizations, certificates, clearances with an expiry date between January 31, 2020 and April 15, 2020 has been extended until June 15, 2020. Therefore, residence permits, criminal records, marriage certificates and many other documents with an expiration date between January 31, 2020 and April 15, 2020 will be valid until June 15, 2020.

The validity of Italian identification documents (identity cards, passports etc.) expiring at March 17 or after that date is extended until August 31, 2020.


II. Italian citizenship applications by bloodline (ius sanguinis)

As of March 18, activities of Italian Town Halls and Italian Consulates abroad – including Italian citizenship ius sanguinis applications- are reorganized in compliance with the Ministerial Decrees for the containment of Coronavirus infections. Most Italian Consulates abroad and Italian Town Halls have temporarily suspended in-person services, such as personal invitations and oaths.

To find out the measures adopted by each office, it is advisable to contact the relevant Consulate or Italian Town Hall at the addresses provided in their web sites. Emergency services are however granted.


III. Italian citizenship through judicial ruling

All hearings related to Italian citizenship requests – including law suits for those descending to an Italian female before 1948 – scheduled in the period between March 9, 2020 and April 15, 2020 are postponed to a future date to be decided by the Judge after April 15, 2020 Italian Courts will notify the new hearing date to appointed lawyers.

(Law decree March 17 2020, no. 18 )

(Latest update: Mar 30, 2020)

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Giuditta De Ricco

Attorney at law since 2006, specialized in real estate law, inheritance, citizenship and corporate law.

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