How Long Does It Take To Get Italian Citizenship?

The processing time for Italian citizenship applications depend on several factors. Below some general information to help you shed some light on the timescale for the most common application processes. 

Italian Citizenship By Marriage Processing Time – Residence In Italy

Under Law Degree n. 113 of 2018, The Office of Ministry of Interior Office has 48 months to process applications for citizenship (previously 730 days). If you get divorced, have the marriage annulled or dissolved or your Italian spouse dies during the application processing time, the process becomes interrupted. Interruption of the process also occurs in the event that the Consulate/Prefettura is unable to reach the applicant for any official communication; for this reason, it is of vital importance to keep the Consulate/Prefettura informed about any change of address.

When applying online, be prepared to receive no response from the Italian Autjorities immediately. You may wait up to 1 year, or 18 months in some circumstances, to know if your application has been accepted or denied. 

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Waiting Time For Italian citizenship Jure Sanguinis 

The processing time for Italian citizenship Jure Sanguinis applications has not been affected by the law of December 2018. Subject to the relevant Italian consulate or municipality, the process should take no longer than two years as of the submission of your documents. Of course, bigger and busier the Consulate is, the more likely it is that you will face a long waiting period, so be prepared and patient. 

Processing Time When Applying for Italian citizenship in Italy

If you want to considerably speed up the process, then applying for Italian citizenship directly in Italy may be the solution. The timescale may be substantively reduced, ranging from just a few months to no more than one year.

Please be advised, the content of this page is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. It doesn’t substitute bespoke legal advice.

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