CITIZENSHIP BY MARRIAGE TO AN ITALIAN CITIZEN
The foreign spouse of an Italian citizen may apply for Italian citizenship after 2 years of marriage if they reside in Italy and after 3 years of marriage if they reside abroad. Such terms are halved in case of offspring from the marriage. After the application is submitted, the Ministry of Interior takes about 2 years to issue a decree either granting citizenship or denying it.
Two basic requirements must be met prior to submitting the application:
1. The marriage must have been already registered at the Comune in Italy;
2. The Italian spouse must be registered at the Consulate as an Italian Citizen Residing Abroad (A.I.R.E.).
The foreign spouse must fill out the APPLICATION FORM in advance and sign it at this Consulate General. The application must be accompanied by the following documents:
BIRTH CERTIFICATE OF THE APPLICANT. For requirements and procedures please refer to section A.
CRIMINAL RECORD FROM THE POLICE AUTHORITIES OF APPLICANT'S PLACE OF BIRTH AND OF EACH US STATE/COUNTRY WHERE HE/SHE RESIDED AFTER THE AGE OF 14 (see Instructions below)
MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE “ESTRATTO DEL CERTIFICATO DI MATRIMONIO” ISSUED BY THE COMUNE IN ITALY WHERE THE MARRIAGE WAS REGISTERED (REMEMBER IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO REQUEST IT FROM THE ITALIAN COMUNE WHERE IT WAS SENT BY THE CONSULATE).
PROOF OF BANK TRANSFER OF 200 EURO TO MINISTERO DELL’INTERNO
The Consulate will issue a certificate of citizenship for the Italian spouse and a certificate of ‘Stato di Famiglia’. In particular, Applicants who live/have lived in the U.S. must provide:
7. Criminal record issued by Federal Bureau of Investigation, CJIS Division- Attn. SCU-MOD/D2 – 1000 Custer Hallow Road, Clarksburg, West Virginia 26306 – Tel (304) 625-3878 (YOU SHOULD REQUEST SUCH CERTIFICATE AT LEAST 6 MONTHS IN ADVANCE ON THE DATE OF THE APPOINTMENT)
8. Criminal record issued by the Central Police Office of each State of residence.
For Florida the certificate must be requested at the following address: Department of Law Enforcement (Tel.:305-4705500; www.fdle.fl.us )
For US States outside this Consulate General’s jurisdiction or for foreign countries, please refer to the Italian Consulate competent for that area (check on the internet)
3. Non-EU citizens who have lived in Italy for at least six months must also submit:
“Certificato Generale del Casellario Giudiziale” issued by Tribunale di Roma;
“Certificato dei Carichi Pendenti” issued by Procura della Repubblica presso il Tribunale competent for place of residence
European Union citizens only may sign an affidavit declaring that they have no criminal issues pending in Italy (this declaration can be made at the Consulate in front of an official). Note: All criminal record documents require the Apostille (for information see above) except for the FBI documents. All documents must be submitted with translation into Italian. For documents issued out of the U.S., please refer to same in section A, under “IMPORTANT”. Duties for legalization/issuing of some of the required documents shall be paid in cash or money order on the day of the appointment. The exact amount ($100,oo aprox) shall be calculated at that time.
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