So, you want Italian citizenship but aren’t sure how to get it? Read on to find out more how you can obtain an Italian passport.
Perhaps more than any other European county, Italy makes it relatively easy for you to obtain citizenship.
Like many other countries in Europe, Italy’s citizenship laws are based on the concept of jure sanguinis–that’s Latin for “right of the blood.” Unlike the U.S. which gives citizenship to all those born there, in Italy you can only be born with citizenship if one or both of your parents are Italian citizens.
If you are seeking Italian citizenship, read on for more information.
1. You were born to Italian parents
This is the easiest category. If you were born to Italian parents, your parents simply register your birth and voilà–you’re an Italian citizen!
2. You qualify for Italian citizenship jure sanguinis (Italian dual citizenship)
This is the second easiest category and one that potentially millions of people in the United States fall into. If you are of Italian heritage and were born in a country whose citizenship you obtained at birth (i.e. a non jure sanguinis country), you may qualify for Italian dual citizenship. We’re specialized in helping people obtain Italian citizenship this way, so read here and here for more information about what it takes to qualify.
There is no generational limit. You can go as far back as you need to your last Italian-born ancestor to get your passport as long as you qualify.
3. You’ve married an Italian.
If you marry an Italian citizen, you can obtain Italian dual citizenship. With the new Salvini Decree in effect, it now takes 4 years for your citizenship to process as the spouse of an Italian citizen. Additionally, you’ll also need to be conversant up to a B1 level (according to the European Framework on languages) in Italian.
4. You’re a legal resident of Italy.
You can obtain Italian citizenship as long as you’ve been a legal resident for the times prescribed by law. These vary according to whether you are of Italian descent (and don’t otherwise qualify for Italian dual citizenship jure sanguinis), whether you are an EU citizen, whether you are a stateless person, or whether you are an extra-EU citizen.