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Citizenship by marriage: update



Citizenship by marriage: update

As of 4th December 2018, legislation on the acquisition of Italian citizenship by marriage has been updated as follows:

  • the fee to be paid has been increased to 250 euro;
  • all applicants are required to exhibit a B1 or higher certificate of CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for languages) for proficiency in Italian language;
  • the time-frame for the process to be finalized by Italy’s Ministry of Home Affairs has been extended to 4 years;
  • once citizenship is granted and prior to swearing the oath of allegiance, all applicants are required to exhibit:
    1. a recently issued National Police Certificate (for each of the countries of permanent residence since the application was lodged);
    2. a recently issued marriage certificate. If this certificate cannot be obtained, both spouses are required to sign a certified statement at the Consulate as proof of existence of their marriage bond.

Both certificates require no translation and no legalization or apostille. They will be returned after swearing the oath.