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Italian Citizenship by Marriage

If you are married to or in a civil partnership with an Italian citizen, you may be eligible to apply for Italian citizenship by marriage. Find out the requirements for claiming Italian citizenship by marriage and speak to our specialist advisors about our services today.

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About Italian Citizenship by Marriage

Being married to or in a civil relationship with an Italian citizen makes you eligible to apply for Italian citizenship by marriage so long as you meet the qualifying criteria listed below.

  1. If your spouse or partner is an Italian citizen and you reside in Italy, you can apply for Italian citizenship after 2 years from the date of marriage or civil union. Or it can be reduced to 1 year if you have children.

  2. If your spouse or partner is an Italian citizen and you two reside outside of Italy, you can apply for Italian citizenship after 3 years from the date of marriage or civil union. Or it can be reduced to 18 months if you have children under the legal age of 18.

Before
Beginning
the Process..

  • Your marriage or civil union must have been registered with the relevant Italian municipality; 
  • Your partner or spouse is AIRE registered


* Please note foreign women who married an Italian man before April 26, 1983, obtained Italian citizenship automatically on the date of the marriage. If your case falls under this category, contact us for further information on how to proceed with your application.

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Do you need to speak Italian to
apply for Italian citizenship by marriage?


Yes, being able to communicate in Italian is a requirement to apply for Italian citizenship by marriage.

Please explore your options below:

1) An applicant must pass an Italian language test,. i.e. Your Italian language level must be at least at the B1 level. It represents a low-intermediate level on The Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR) lists.

2) Those, however, (i) who have a long-term EU residence permit (ii) who are already living in Italy and comply with the Integration Agreement provisions, or (iii) who have a qualification from an Italian state school or state-recognised private school are exempt from this requirement.

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Where can you take language exams?

At Palazzo Law Boutique, we have partnered with ‘Just Speak Italian,’ an Italian language school listed on the Italian consulate in London referral database.

Just Speak Italian offers comprehensive courses that prepare you for the B1 level language exam, both online and in-person. Additionally, they provide the option to take the CILS exam for citizenship directly in London through their school, which is certified by the
Università per Stranieri di Siena.

Just Speak Italian - Italian citizenship by marriage

Discover the freedom to stay in the EU, visa-free

Find out the requirements for claiming Italian citizenship by descent and speak to our specialist advisors about our services today.

What We Offer

We provide bespoke assistance to foreigners who want to obtain Italian citizenship by marriage or civil union. Our services include:

We provide certified translations for your Italian citizenship claim.

We help you understand how to follow the instructions provided by the Italian Authorities for the submission of your application through the online platform “ALI”.

We help you collect the documentation needed for your application.

We assist you in challenging unfounded rejections.

We assist you in having your foreign certificates legalised by means of Apostille.

What to Expect as an Italian Citizen

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Visa-free travel

Travel to more than 140 countries without a visa application

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Favorable Taxation

Save foreign income without paying tax

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Work & Live anywhere in the EU

Allowance movement throughout the European Union

Testimonials

What people say?

Great service

I got in touch with Palazzo Law Boutique as I needed help with updating my marriage records in Italy and with with getting an Italian passport for myself and citizenship and passports for my 2 children. Today, just two months after getting in touch with Davide , my daughter and I attended an appointment at the Italian consulate and walked away with our Italian passports. My case was far from simple, but Davide dealt with it with patience and professionalism and kept me updated every step of the way. I highly recommend his services to anyone needing help with Italian citizenship issues.
R. N.

Excellent professional service, highly recommended!

My case was managed by Davide, who was friendly, efficient and professional at all times. He guided me through the bewildering array of paperwork required and covered very possible difficulty that might arise, to ensure that my application would have the best chance. At my appointment with the Consulate the woman dealing with my file said it was one of the best presented sets of paperwork she had seen, she actually said it was 'perfect', and made her job much easier. Thank you Davide for making the process so smooth. Highly recommended, I would definitely use them again.
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FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

It takes up to 2 years from the date of online application submission.

Except for special occasions such as health conditions and job issues, proof of the same address as your Italian spouse is essential.

Yes. The application is submitted online, and the process will be managed by the relevant Italian consulate that has jurisdiction over the applicant’s residency.

Yes. During your appointment at a consulate, the original certificates are required.