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Citizenship by marriage-new rules


Citizenship by marriage-new rules

With effect from 5th October 2018, according to article 14 of D.L. 4th Oct 2018 law no. 113, which became law no. 132 on 1st Dec 2018, there is a fee of € 250 for each application or declaration of intent, acquiring, reacquiring or renouncing Italian citizenship.

With effect from 4th December 2018, law no. 132, in order to be recognised as an Italian citizen, according to articles 5 (Italian citizenship by virtue of being married to an italian citizen) and 9 (in case of employment by the Italian Government, in Italy or abroad, for at least 5 years) of law no. 91/92, the applicant must possess an adequate knowledge of the Italian language (B1 level and above of CEFR - Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

The knowledge of the Italian language has to be certified:
•either with a certificate or diploma issued by an Italian state school or recognized private school (scuola pubblica o paritaria);
•or with a certificate of Italian as a foreign language issued by an approved institute.

Currently these istitutions, belonging to the CLIQ system (Certificazione Lingua Italiana di Qualità), are:
• Siena University for foreigners;
• Perugia University for foreigners;
• University of Roma Tre;
• Dante Alighieri Society.

The level of the knowledge of the italian language has to be not less than B1.

Please follow the link for the list of institutes in Australia that can issue the requested certificate (in Brisbane there is the Comitato Dante Alighieri).

Please note that according to art. 5 of Law 91/1992, the spouse of an Italian citizen living outside of Italy can apply for Italian citizenship 3 years after the date of the marriage or after 18 months if the couple has children. Provided there is no separation or divorce, citizenship will be granted if the marriage lasts until the signing of the Decree.

Starting from 11th February 2017 those who entered into a civil union with an Italian citizen, after it has been registered at the Italian Municipality, can submit an application for Italian citizenship according to Art. 5 of Law 91/1992.

Since August 1st 2015, applications for Italian citizenship by virtue of marriage (art.5 law 05.02.1992, n.91, can ONLY BE SUBMITTED ONLINE by applicants legally registered as resident in Australia, whose Italian spouse is registered with AIRE in this Consular area through a dedicated web portal managed by Ministero dell’Interno
Please note: the website is in Italian. This Consular office cannot provide technical assistance or translations.