It is now possible to obtain Italian citizenship in shorter time

Posted on 4th January, 2021

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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. For further information or if you have any queries relating to the content of this communication, please contact us. CELIA Alliance CELIA Alliance members are identified here. Members of the CELIA Alliance are each independent law firms and do not practice law jointly with any other member of the CELIA Alliance. "CELIA Alliance" and "CELIA" are not trading names. For more information about the CELIA Alliance click here. Disclaimer Content is for general information purposes only. The information provided is not intended to be comprehensive and it does not constitute or contain legal or other advice. If you require assistance in relation to any issue please seek specific advice relevant to your particular circumstances. In particular, no responsibility shall be accepted by the authors or by Abbiss Cadres LLP for any losses occasioned by reliance on any content appearing on or accessible from this newsletter. For further legal information click here. Circular 230 disclosure To ensure compliance with requirements imposed by the IRS and other taxing authorities, we inform you that any tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments) is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties that may be imposed on any taxpayer or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction or matter addressed herein. Copying If you would like to copy or otherwise reproduce this article then you may do so provided that: (1) any such copy or reproduction is for your own personal use or if it is made available to any third party it is done so on a free of charge basis; and (2) the article is reproduced in full together with the contact details, disclaimer and any logos as they appear on each article.