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Acquisition of Italian citizenship by marriage –New regulation

As of 4 december 2018, following the approval of the new Italian Government Law, n.132 of 1 December 2018, the following amendments to the Italian Citizenship Act n. 91/1992, in particular with regard to naturalizations, have been introduced:

Duration of the administrative procedure
The deadline for the completion of the administrative procedure, from the time of application to the granting of the Italian citizenship, has been adjusted to 4 years;

Language requirements
An adequate knowledge of the Italian language has been introduced as a requirement. The minimum qualification requested is level B1, which refers to a scale of competence set by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The requirement is ascertained by means of certification such as:


- A degree awarded by an Italian public educational institute or an officially recognized private institute
- A certification issued by certification authorities
The current certification authorities, members of the unified certification system CLIQ “Certification of Italian Language quality” are:
- University for foreigners of Siena
- University for foreigners of Perugia
- University of Rome Tre
- Societa' Dante Alighieri

For general information about regulations relating to citizenship consult the appropriate section of the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Please note: all documents submitted to the Embassy of Italy in relation to citizenship, except those issued by Italian authorities, must be translated into Italian by one of the translators known to the Embassy. Both originals and translations must be legalized by the Italian consular office in the country that issued the act. Israeli documents must bear the apostille of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel.

Please find here below information on the following citizens applications:

A. Recognition of Italian citizenship by descent    (update site)(heb - ita)

B. Acquisition of Italian citizenship by marriage

C. Re-acquisition of lost Italian citizenship by marriage

D. Re-acquisition of citizenship lost for the purchase of foreign citizenship

To book an appointment for citizenship, send an e-mail to: