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By reacquiring lost Italian Citizenship

 

By reacquiring lost Italian Citizenship

Since 16th August 1992 (introduction of law 91/92), obtaining another citizenship does not imply losing Italian citizenship.

 

1) RECOVERING THE RIGHT TO ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP LOST BECAUSE OF NATURALISATION BEFORE1992.

Italian nationals born in Italy who naturalised British before 16th August 1992 lost the Italian citizenship. It is possible to regain the Italian citizenship, and still maintain the British citizenship, by transferring the legal residency in Italy.

They may regain Italian citizenship:

1) Automatically after having transferred their residence formally in Italy for one year

2) By signing a declaration (Declaration) in compliance with art.13, comma 1, lett. C della Legge 5 febbraio 1992, n.91 at the Italian Consulate and taking up residence in Italy no later than one year from the date of the declaration. Before going to Italy, applicants must inform the Municipality that they lost the right to Italian citizenship by bringing to this Consulate or sending by post the following documents:

  • Certificate of British naturalisation, apostilled by the “The Legalisation Office” Norfolk House (West) 437 Silbury Boulevard Milton Keynes MK9 2AH Tel. 037 00 00 22 44 Fax.01908295122 e-mail: Legalisationoffice@fco.gov.uk web-site: www.fco.gov.uk/legalisation and translated into Italian. The translation must be certified by this Consulate before submission (see HERE)
  • Italian full extarct of the birth certificate (Atto integrale di nascita) issued by the Italian Municipality of birth registration;
  • British passport;
  • Last Italian passport (if applicable);
  • RECEIPT OF PAYMENT OF 250 EURO FEE. THE FEE CANNOT BE PAID AT THE CONSULATE BUT MUST BE PAID BY BANK TRANSFER. The bank transfer receipt must list:

- Beneficiary Account Name: “MINISTERO DELL’INTERNO D.L.C.I. – CITTADINANZA”; address: Via Cavour 6, 00184 ROMA

- Reason for payment: Citizenship Application name and surname of the applicant;

- International Bank Account Number (IBAN code): IT54D0760103200000000809020;

- Receiving Bank Name: POSTE ITALIANE S.P.A.

- Receiving Bank BIC/SWIFT code: BPPIITRRXXX.

Only after having obtained all the above mentioned documents it will be possible to contact the Citizenship office of the Italian Consulate General to book an appointment. Please email: cittadinanza.edimburgo@esteri.it, specifying “Recovery of Italian citizenship lost because of naturalisation before 1992” in the subject line.

It is not possible to book an appointment by phone.

In Italy applicants will have to apply for a “permesso di soggiorno” (residence permit) specifically for the purpose of recovery (Riacquisto) of Italian citizenship at the relevant Questura. Once the above mentioned “permesso” has been issued, applicants will
be able to apply to be registered with the Municipality of choice.

 

2) RECOVERING THE RIGHT TO ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP LOST AFTER MARRYING A UK CITIZEN PRIOR TO 01.01.1949 (British Nationality and Status of Aliens Act, 1914)

Italian women who, by virtue of a marriage to a British national before 01.01.1949 were automatically and unintentionally naturalised British, may apply to the Italian Consulate for recognition of uninterrupted possession of Italian citizenship in compliance with artt. 46, 47 DPR 445/2000, by signing an application (Application) and submitting the following documentation:

  • Italian full extarct of the birth certificate (Atto integrale di nascita) issued by the Italian Municipality of birth registration
  • Marriage certificate, apostilled by the “The Legalisation Office” Norfolk House (West) 437 Silbury Boulevard Milton Keynes MK9 2AH Tel. 037 00 00 22 44 Fax.01908295122 e-mail: Legalisationoffice@fco.gov.uk web-site: www.fco.gov.uk/legalisation and translated into Italian. The translation must be certified by this Consulate before submission (see HERE);
  • British passport (original and photocopy)
  • Photocopy of your husband's British passport

Only after having obtained all the above mentioned documents it will be possible to contact the Citizenship office of the Italian Consulate General to book an appointment. Please email: cittadinanza.edimburgo@esteri.it, specifying “Uninterrupted possession of Italian citizenship lost by marrying a British citizen prior to 01.01.1949” in the subject line.

 

3) ITALIAN WOMEN WHO MARRIED AFTER 01.01.1949 AND INTENTIONALLY ACQUIRED BRITISH CITIZENSHIP HAVE LOST THE ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP (see point 1)

 

 


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