LIVING IN ITALYItalian Citizenship and
Italian Dual Citizenship
for living in Italy
as an Italian.
We can do it
for You.

All You have to know before applying,
with Frequently Asked Question.

CITIZENSHIPWhy would I become Italian?

Italian Citizenship for foreigners regularly residing in Italy is a very important goal: after having lived many years in the territory of the state, many want to shake off the label of “stranger” and finally feel like others, both from the point of social view than in the enjoyment of civil and political rights.

Citizenship also increases opportunities and quality of life, for the Applicant and for his/her family.

We assist You on all Citizenship Program set by Italian Government, such as  Italian Dual Citizenship, Italian Citizenship by Ancestry, Italian Citizenship by jus sanguinis, and more options, that can be more suitable for You case.

CITIZENSHIPWhich benefits can I have?

  • Full accesso to Education: free public education is available to children who reside in Italy.
  • Registration with National Health Service: citizens are totally covered by Italian National Health service without paying anything else except for little fees for special treatments. Citizenship entitles to have a family doctor, access to all specialist tests and visits, be admitted to hospital, etc.
  • Stop bureaucracy: there is no need to go to the Police Headquarters for the renewal of you permit to stay.
  • Become EU citizen: as an EU citizen, You can live and move all around EU with all benefits like:
    • Freedom of movement and residence throughout the territory of the Union;
    • The right to vote and be elected in municipal and European Parliament elections in the Member State of residence;
    • The protection by the diplomatic and consular authorities of any Member State in a third country in which the State of which the person in question has citizenship is not represented;
    • the right to petition the European Parliament.
  • Full civil and social rights: like the right to vote, to make jobs reserved only to Italians, enjoy politic life, enjoy benefits reserved only to Italians,etc.
  • Benefits for traveling and moving outside EU.

Read more about Benefits in this Article

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Italian Citizenship can be claimed having an Italian Heritage, both from Male Descent and Female Descent.
We provide full assistance on Italian Citizenship by Descent Application
We talked about in some Articles like here and here


Italian Citizenship can be claimed having an Italian Heritage, but with attention at the 1948s Cases (Female Ancestor), that requires a special procedure.
We provide full assistance on Italian Citizenship by Descent Application for 1948s Cases
We talked about in some Articles like here and here


Italian Citizenship can be claimed after some years of Residency in Italy.
We provide full Assistance on this procedure, both for Citizenship Application and for finding Residency solution with a VISA.
For Residency solutions, You can visit Elective Residence Visa and Investor Golden Visa sections.


Italian Citizenship can be claimed with Marriage.
We provide full Assistance on this procedure, both for Citizenship Application and for preparing all documents related.
We talked about in some Articles like here and here

WHAT WE DOHow to obtain your
Italian CItizenship

Requirements & Procedures


  1. According to the ius sanguinis or jure sanguinis (by birth, recognition or adoption, by even one parent Italian citizen), or according to ius soli (only born in Italy by stateless parents or by known parents whose legal system of origin does not contemplate the ” ius sanguinis “);
  2. For having served military service or civil service;
  3. By election, if you are born in Italy from foreign parents and you are legally and uninterruptedly living up to 18 years; the declaration must be made within one year of reaching the age of majority;
  4. After 10 years of legal residence in Italy, on the condition of absence of criminal records and the presence of adequate economic resources. The term is reduced to 3 years for former Italian citizens and their immediate descendants (ius sanguinis) and for foreigners born in Italy (ius soli), 4 years for citizens of other countries of the European Union and 5 years for stateless persons and refugees.
  5. For marriage or civil union (paragraph 20 of Law 76/16) with an Italian citizen, after 2 years of legal residence in Italy or after 3 years of marriage or civil union if residing abroad (terms reduced by half in the presence of children born or adopted by spouses), provided there are no criminal records. (Foreign women, marrying Italian citizens before April 27, 1983, automatically acquired Italian citizenship.)


The List below is not completed neither fills with all Citizenship Application Cases.

The documents for the most frequent requests (residence and marriage) are indicated below.
For other cases, information will be provided by the Law Firm only after the power of attorney has been conferred.

1. Application form.
We prepare and forward it to the competent office.

2. Birth certificate (translated)
The extract of the birth certificate must contain all the details of the applicant.
This document must be translated and legalized by the Italian diplomatic or consular authority present in the state of origin of the citizen.

WARNING: for foreign citizens who have acquired the surname of the husband it is important to verify that the birth certificate contains both the maiden name and the married one.

3. Criminal certificate
This is the criminal certificate of the country of origin. This certificate is not necessary if the citizen was born in Italy or if he / she resides in our country from before the age of 14 (the certificate must be legalized and translated as occurred for the birth certificate).

In addition to the criminal certificate of the country of origin, a certificate of the judicial register and of the pending charges in Italy is required.

ATTENTION: if the applicant has also resided in other countries it is necessary to present the criminal certificate for each of these countries.

4. Photocopy of the passport
A phoocopy of the valid passport is required.

5. Photocopy of the residence permit
A photocopy of a valid residence permit is required.

* citizens coming from the EU will have to request and present the permanent residence certificate (issued by the municipality of residence).

6. Residence
Full documentation of residence certificates with the history (the discontinuity of residence is one of the reasons why applications are often rejected).

7. Model CU, Unico and model 730
Depending on the employment position of the applicants, Model CU, Unico and Model 730 will be presented on the income received in the last 3 years.

Maid, carers and domestic workers will have to present the INPS statement.

In the event of the impossibility or inadequacy of the income of the last three years, it is sufficient that the current income is adequate.

8. Copy of the contribution of € 250.00
We need to make a payment of € 250.00 on the current account number 809020 payable to: Ministero Interno D.L.C.I. citizenship – with the causal: citizenship – contribution as per art. 1 co. 12, law 15 July 2009 n. 94. A copy of the payment receipt must be attached to the documentation.

9. Family Status Certificate.
Only if you live with your family and/or other certificate people like that.

10. (Only for Citizenship for marriage/civil Union) Authenticance Certificate of Marriage / Civil Union.

If it’s a Certification from foreign State, it must be registered in Italy before using it.

Special cases: 1948s cases

As we previously described here,  Do You have an Italian Parent born from female descendant before 1948? Pay attention.

Under the 1912 Italian Citizenship law, only men were able to transfer Italian citizenship to their children (born in Italy or abroad) on the condition that, at the time of their children’s birth, they were Italian citizens.

Italian-born women and women born abroad who held Italian citizenship, instead, were discriminated against, and under the 1912 Italian law, they were NOT able to transfer Italian Citizenship to their children.

Only after the promulgation of the Italian constitution, which stated that men and women have equal rights, were Italian women able to transmit Italian citizenship to their sons and daughters, but only to those children born after January 1st 1948.

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Consequently, Italian consulates deny all Italian Citizenship Ancestry applications in which the applicant is using an Italian-born female ancestor or female ancestor born abroad, whose child was born prior to 1948.

We can assist You on this cases, as You mandatory need to open a judicial procedure in order to gain and claim Your Italian Citizenship by ancestry.

F.A.Q.Frequently Asked Questions

Within how long my Citizenship Application must be processed?

Until September, 5th 2018,  Government had to process all application in 730 days.

Now, as statued by the new Immigration Decree (Decreto Sicurezza), the term is extended up to 4 years, from the day of the application.

I want to obtain Citizenship by jure sanguinis. Can you proceed that?

Yes, we can assist You from the first advices (we have to check if the jure sanguinis line wasn’t broken for any circumnstances).

Can I ask for a resident permit during my wait for Citizenship?

Yes, we can assist You if you need to apply on that.

Every applicant, that is waiting for the the acceptance of their Citizenship Application, has the right to obtain a Permit to Stay.

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