Italian citizenship is based on Jus Sanguinis (literally “right of the blood”, birth right), whereby Italian citizenship is transmitted from parent to child; it is important to be aware that Italian women transmit the Italian citizenship only to children born on or after 1st January 1948 as per a specific Constitutional Court ruling.
The Italian law regulating citizenship is n.91 of 5th February 1992. In contrast with the previous law, the current law reassess the importance of individual intention in the acquisition or loss of citizenship and admits the right to holding more than one citizenship simultaneously, subject to the provisions of international agreements.
It will not be possible to reply by email or by telephone to general requests of information on the procedures or the necessary documents in order to submit an application for Italian citizenship. We advise all applicants to carefully check the information contained in the citizenship web pages.
As per ministerial instructions, all correspondence and contacts with the applicants of Italian citizenship by marriage (according to articles 5,6,7 8 of Law 91/1992) can be made only through the Ministero dell’interno web site CIVES and not by email or telephone/other.
IMPORTANT, please read: Information on the protection of individuals with reference to the processing of personal data for the purposes of recognition of Italian citizenship jure sanguinis or of its acquisition by naturalization (articles 5 and 7, as well as article 9, paragraph 1, letter c, and paragraph 2 of Law no. 91/1992) (General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679, art. 13) Click HERE
- Citizenship by marriage/civil partnership with an Italian citizen
- Citizenship by birth right – Jure Sanguinis
- Citizenship following recognition of paternity/maternity
- Citizenship by adoption
- Citizenship by residence in Italy
- Citizenship by declaration of intent
- Citizenship by birth in Italy
- Re-acquisition of lost Italian citizenship
- Renunciation to Italian citizenship