How to Get Italian Citizenship by Marriage
There’s nothing more exciting than marrying into an Italian family, except the fact that you may be able to legally become an Italian citizen. If you want to learn more about getting Italian citizenship by marriage, you’ve come to the right place. Our team offers comprehensive consults so that we can help you pave the path to your Italian citizenship.
Guidelines for Italian Citizenship by Marriage
Just marrying an Italian citizen doesn’t automatically make you a citizen as well. There are many documents you’ll need to provide in order to submit a citizenship application. As the spouse of an Italian citizen, you are eligible to apply for Italiancitizenship after being married for at least two years and residing in Italy.
If you live abroad, you and your spouse must be married for at least three years. In this situation, you’ll need to submit a request for naturalization. The above periods are reduced by half if the spouses have biological or adopted children.
All citizenship applications must be submitted online with digital copies of each of the required documents. The application is then sent to the Minesterodell’Interno. You must also apply through the consulate in which your Italian spouse is registered.
Along with your application, there are other documents you’ll need to provide during the process of becoming an Italian citizen. These documents include:
- Marriage certificate issued by the Italian Commune
If you were married outside of Italy, the certificate needs to be presented to a consular authority so that the certificate can be registered (obtain the estratto per riassunto dell’atto di matrimonio)
- Valid passport or photocopy of passport
- CILS certificate
- Birth certificate
- Your spouse’s certificate of citizenship
- Certificate of criminal records (Police clearance)
- FBI clearance
If your spouse resides outside of Italy, he/she must be registered at the A.I.R.E department at an Italian Embassy or Consulate.
Once you have all of these documents, the next step is submitting an application. Italian citizenship applications can be submitted entirely online. This saves you time and money and is much more convenient.
Applications can take up to 48 months to be reviewed and approved.
Let Us Help Make the Application Process Easier
Applying for an Italian American dual citizenship is no easy process. With so many documents to submit and other information, it helps to have an experienced team at your side. Our staff at the Italian American Citizenship Assistance Program makes getting your citizenship through marriage hassle- and stress-free.
We work with each of our clients to identify their exact needs, along with a report that includes a project plan, cost analysis, and a schedule.