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Italy - April 2021

It is now possible to obtain Italian citizenship in shorter time

It is now possible to obtain Italian citizenship in shorter time.
The Law Decree n. 130/2020, entered into force on October 22nd 2020, has reduced the time needed to define the procedures in order to obtain the Italian citizenship for reasons of marriage or residence. These procedures, in fact, must now be concluded within 36 months from the date of submission of the application, instead of the 48 months previously provided for.

The term of 48 months for the definition of these procedures had been introduced in 2018 by the so-called “Salvini Decree”, concerning immigration and public security measures. This 48-month deadline remains in any case applicable to applications submitted before October 22nd 2020, as the new timeframe applies only to applications submitted from October 22nd 2020 onwards.

The Decree Law n. 130/2020, however, did not introduce any amendment with respect to the requirement of knowledge of the Italian language introduced by the “Salvini Decree”. Therefore, in order to obtain Italian citizenship, it is in any case necessary a knowledge of the Italian language equal to at least a B1 level, duly attested by institutions recognized by the competent Ministries.

Lorenzo Bacciardi, LL.M. and Chiara Marracino – Global Mobility Area

This article was produced by CELIA member firm Bacciardi and Partners.