The current coronavirus pandemic in Italy and elsewhere has had some implications on wait times for Italian dual citizenship. This means that there will be Covid-19 related delays for Italian dual citizenship. In order to help combat the spread of the virus, the Italian government has instituted new measures and issued new decrees. Here is what this may mean for your application.
Find out how long your application may potentially be delayed below.
1948 cases – possibly delated until June 2020
Currently, civil hearings in Italy have been suspended until April 15th, 2020. All hearings not making the cutoff will be postponed until after that date (Article 83). However, in order to combat the spread of Covid-19, chiefs of each court have been given the right to postpone hearings to after June 30th, 2020.
There is a possibility that in order not to lose too much time, hearings may be carried out remotely (Zoom, Skype, etc.). This will, of course, depend on the infrastructure available in each single courthouse and organizational plans adopted by each subsequent chief of court. Nevertheless, if your hearing is to be held remotely, it will not be postponed.
Administrative citizenship – delayed until April 2020
According to Decree no. 18 of March 17th, 2020, administrative proceedings have been suspended as of February 23rd through April 15th, 2020. This will affect those seeking citizenship through descent, residence, and marriage.
Various delays at U.S. vital records agencies and government offices
In the United States, some government offices are experiencing longer than normal turnaround times. This is due to social distancing measures, closedowns, reduced hours, and reduced staff. Each state follows their own procedures and thus no one specific timeframe for Covid-19 related delays for Italian dual citizenship can be predicted if you are in the document gathering stages.
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