Marriage

DO YOU QUALIFY FOR YOUR CITIZENSHIP BY MATRIMONY?

Qualify by matrimony

Would you like to check if you qualify to become an Italian citizen by matrimony? Let’s see the Italian law! The automatic Italian citizenship after marriage (Law no. 123) for women ended on April 27, 1983. After this date, foreign persons – men or women – receive equal treatment. They do not receive automatic Italian citizenship when they marry an Italian resident. If you are married to an Italian and you have been resident in Italy for the last 2 years from your marriage/civil union then, you are eligible for Italian citizenship. Should you have children, the waiting time is of one year only.

If you are not an Italian resident, you must wait for 3 years – from the date of your marriage/union – before you can apply for Italian citizenship by marriage. Should you have children, the waiting time is of 18 months.

Prerogative: you have to pass the B1 language test. Any applicant seeking Italian citizenship must have sufficient knowledge of the Italian language and obtain a B1 level certification, which the Italian Ministry of Education (MIUR) or Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAECI) must certify.

PREREQUISITES OVERVIEW

  • Please note that all criminal background checks and marriage certificates have a six-month validity period; therefore, please submit your citizenship applications within this period
  • Verify Italian comune has marriage record on file
  • If living abroad, the spouse has to properly register at the AIRE
  • Consulate records reflect the current resident’s address

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR DOUBT IF YOU QUALIFY BY MATRIMONY,
PLEASE GET IN TOUCH.


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