Citizenship office in Rome will be moved from piazza Tommaso De Cristoforis 3 to via Ostiense 131/L on 18th July 2012. From that date, all applications for citizenship will have to be submitted at the new office.
Acquisition of Italian Citizenship
Italian citizenship can be automatically acquired:
- By birth to an Italian parent in line with the principle of jus sanguinis.
- By birth in Italy to stateless parents, to unknown parents, or to parents who cannot transmit their nationality to their children; this is partially consistent with the principle of jus soli.
- With the acknowledgement or legitimation of an Italian mother or father.
Through special application:
- For an individual whose parents were Italian citizens born outside Italy but at least one of their grandparents was an Italian citizen born in Italy. The applicant must have served in the Italian military or civil service or have resided for two years in Italy after reaching the age of majority.
- For individuals who were born in Italy to foreign parents but who have resided in Italy continuously from birth to adulthood.
- Foreign women who married an Italian citizen before 27 April 1983, were automatically granted Italian citizenship.
- After 2 years legal residence in Italy, or 3 years living abroad. This time will be reduced by half if the couple have children (natural or adopted). The spouse of an Italian citizen can apply for Italian citizenship through naturalisation.
- A person who has been legally resident in Italy for at least ten years may apply for and be granted naturalisation as an Italian citizen if he or she does not have a criminal record and has sufficient financial resources. The residence requirement is reduced to three years for descendants of Italian citizen grandparents and for foreigners born in Italy, four years for nationals of EU member states, five years for refugees or stateless persons, and seven years for someone who was adopted as a child by an Italian citizen.