Italian Citizenship

Italian Citizenship

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Italian Citizenship

From May 18th 2015, applications for Italian citizenship can be submitted online.

From November 2014, there are three certified email addresses available to allow for communication with the Department of Civil Liberties and Immigration, who deal with citizenship. 

From February 13th 2012, all information relating to the procedures to grant Italian citizenship (art 4 and art 9 of legislation 9, 5/02/1992, n. 91 – granting citizenship through marriage or residency) must be requested exclusively at the Multi-Organisation PR Office, on the specific days and hours that they are open to the public. Article 33 of legislation 98/2013 allows for the simplification in the procedure for acquiring citizenship by birth.

Acquisition by birth

The automatic acquisition of citizenship by birth on Italian territory, when both parents being non-Italian citizens, is permitted only: 

  •  if both parents are unknown persons or stateless persons;
  •  if the child does not acquire the same citizenship as his/her parents in accordance with legislation in the parents' country of origin.

A child born outside Italy, to Italian parents, acquires Italian citizenship.

A foreign national who was born in Italy and has always been legally resident in Italy can, between the ages of 18 and 19 years, apply for citizenship, by going to the Civil Status Office. 

The required documents to prove birth and continuous residency in Italy can be for example, medical certificates (vaccination certificates or health service certificates), school certificates and other similar paperwork. 

Furthermore, Civil Status officials, in the 6 month period prior to the foreign national's 18th birthday, must communicate to the interested party that, within one year, he/she can submit the declaration confirming he/she wishes to acquire citizenship. If this information is not communicated officially to the interested party, then application for citizenship can take place after the one year limit.

Acquisition by residency

The foreign national citizen, born and resident in Italy, without interruption until the age of 18 years, can acquire Italian citizenship if, before turning 19 years of age, he/she states that he/she wishes to do so by making a declaration to the Civil Status Office. 

Acquisistion by naturalisation (for foreign national citizens residing in Italy)

Citizenship by naturalisation is granted to the foreign national citizen:

  • who has been legally residing in Italy for 10 years (non-EU citizens)
  • who has been legally residing in Italy for 4 years (EU citizens);
  • who is legally resident in Italy for at least 3 years and who has at least one parent or one first degree relative who has Italian citizenship by birth;
  • who is over the age of 18 years and adopted by an Italian citizen and who is legally residing in Italy for at least 5 years following adoption;
  • who holds the status of stateless person or refugee, after legally residing in Italy for 5 years

The application for acquisition of Italian citizenship can be submitted at the Multi-Organisation PR Office (URP). Applicants can go to their Prefecture's office, if invited, just for notification on the decree for granting citizenship. 

An original certificate that proves the possession of all requisites, must be submitted together with the application for citizenship. 

There is a charge of €250.00 to apply for citizenship.

Acquisition by marriage

The foreign national who marries an Italian citizen can apply for Italian citizenship if, after marriage, he/she legally resides in Italy for at least 2 years or after 3 years, if resident abroad. It is possible to acquire citizenship, when at the time of granting citizenship, there has been no separation, annulment or divorce. Therefore, if after the application for citizenship has been submitted, separation, annulment or divorce takes place, the granting of citizenship will be revoked. 

The terms for acquiring citizenship are reduced by half when there are children involved, including the biological or adopted children of both spouses: 1 year when resident in Italy and 18 months when resident abroad. 

An original certificate that proves the possession of all requisites, must be submitted together with the application for citizenship.

There is a charge of €200.00 to apply for citizenship.

The application for acquisition of Italian citizenship can be submitted at the Multi-Organisation PR Office (URP).

Acquisition of citizenship for descendants of Italian citizens.

The foreign national citizen who is up to 4th degree descendant of an Italian citizen who emigrated abroad, can obtain recognition of Italian citizenship.

Where to go

Stato Civile / Civil Status
Address
Piazza Cardinale Niccolò
, 13
 - 59100
 Prato
 PO
Toll free: 800 732328 (exclusively for birth and marriage announcements)
Switchboard: 0574 1835159
Emailanagrafe@comune.prato.it
PECanagrafestatocivile.prato@postacert.toscana.it
Office hours: Monday to Saturday: 0900-1300
Citizenship, information and issuing of documents: Wednesday and Thursday 0900-1300
Birth and Marriage announcements - by appointment only. Call the free phone number 800 732328, Monday to Saturday 0900-13:00

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16. 06. 2020 - We inform you that, following the partial reopening of the Immigration Office of the Municipality of Prato, starting from Thursday 18 June the accommodation suitability procedure will observe the following organizational methods for the management of the practices:
- Presentation of the issuing applications: by e-mail to the address immigrazione @ comune. meadow. it or by PEC to the general address of the Municipality of Prato; alternatively, exclusively for citizens who have difficulty using one of the previous channels, it is possible to contact the toll-free number 800242525 to book an appointment for the presentation of the application at the Immigration Office in Via Roma 101 at the times made available for this service; however, it is always possible to present the request also at the General Protocol;
- Integration of suspended practices, submission of counter arguments upon notice of denial, submission of requests for extension of the terms of the notice of denial: exclusively by e-mail to immigrazione @ comune. meadow. it or by PEC to the general address of the Municipality of Prato;
- Collection of ready-made certifications: after receiving the notification SMS, exclusively by appointment to be agreed by calling 05741836431-5444-5441.
For information on the procedure, it is possible to contact the office responsible for the investigation at one of the telephone numbers, e-mail and fax numbers of the Immigration Office, agreements with the country of origin.
Servizio immigrazione e cittadinanza / Immigration and Citizenship Services
Address
Via Roma
, 101
 - 59100
 Prato
 PO
Toll free: 800 242525 (switchboard), 800 922912 (conflict mediation helpdesk)
Switchboard: 0574 1835420
Fax0574 1837413
E-mail:immigrazione@comune.prato.it - idoneitaalloggiativa@comune.prato.it

idoneitaalloggiativa@comune.prato.it

Office hours: For information, to make an appointment, suitable housing, SPRAR Project (Protection System for Refugees and Asylum Seekers):
Monday and Thursday 9.00 - 13.00 and 15.00 - 17.00
Tuesday and Friday 9.00 - 13.00
Closed on Wednesday
Mother Tongue Operators:
Albanian: Tuesday 9.00 - 13.00
Arabic: Friday 11.00 - 13.00
Chinese: Monday and Thursday 9.00 - 13.00 and 15.00 - 17.00; Tuesday and Friday 9.00 - 13.00
Urdu: Monday 9.00 - 13.00 and 15.00 - 17.00

From 15 June the office is open by appointment for:
● immigration information (also in Chinese, Albanian, Arabic, Urdu, English and French);
● emergence of employment relationships. Requests can be compiled at the charities (list on www. portalimmigrazione. It) or on the platform of the Ministry of the Interior at the following address nullaostalavoro. dlci. internal. it
● help desk for the protection of victims of exploitation;
● school placement, language courses for foreign minostra.

For information or appointments, call the toll-free number also from mobile 800242525

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31.08.2016 - Hunters residing in the Central District, from the month of September can collect their hunting licenses at the PR Office from Monday to Friday, 0900-1300.
Ufficio Relazioni con il Pubblico / Public Relations Office (URP)
Address
Piazza del Comune
, 9
 - 59100
 Prato
 PO
Toll free: 800 058 850 (accessible only from a landline number)
Phone numbers: 0574 1836096
0574 1836316 (for information on immigration quotas and family reunification)
Fax0574 1837316
E-mail:urpmultiente@po-net.prato.it
Office hours: Monday 09.00-13.00 and 15.00-17.00
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 09.00-13.00.

MicroCredit Helpdesk: 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month 0900 - 1200
Special Needs Helpdesk "ancH'io": Wednesday 09.00 - 13.00
Legal Orientation Helpdesk: Thursday 15.00 - 17.00 (by appointment only)

Hunting Licenses: Monday to Friday 9.00 - 13.00

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Last update: thursday 11 february 2021
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