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New Changes for Dual Citizenship Now in Effect

New Changes for Dual Citizenship Now in Effect, ouritalianjurney.com

New Changes for Citizenship

New changes for dual citizenship with Italy went into effect on December 4, 2018. Ones of these changes include linguistic criteria.


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I can’t tell you how lucky I feel to have received my citizenship prior to this change. Of course, I want to learn the language but I want to do it on my terms.



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Linguistic Criteria

People applying for citizenship by marriage or residency must prove that they have reached the B1 (QCER) level of Italian language knowledge. There are two main ways for applicants to prove their Italian skills. Either they obtain a school qualification or they get a certificate from a school that is approved by the Ministry of Education. The qualification can also be by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Education.



Citizenship Application Fees

Another new change is the application fees have increased from €200 to €250 for citizenship acquired by marriage or naturalization.


Application Timeframe

The amount of time to process and finalize an application has been extended from 18 months to 48 months. Of course, this is funny because it took us 36 months to finalize our application and receive our citizenship. The law when we began in 2015 was 24 months.



Of course, none of this will make a difference if you have the desire and determination to acquire dual citizenship with Italy. For those that know our story with all its ups and downs, I will say it is worth the journey. Easy to say now that we have our citizenship and living in Italy for a year to determine if we want to retire here.

One reason we don’t put step-by-step directions on how to obtain citizenship is the fact that Italian law is always changing. These new criteria could also be incorrect in a few months. It is always best to seek the advice of an Italian immigration lawyer and also consult the proper Italian websites and consulates.

We know these new criteria will affect so many people that will come after us in this quest. Best advise I can give is be patient and allow for the bureaucracy you know will be part of your journey.




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  • Reply
    Michele Avila
    June 29, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    Hi, I am interested in obtaining dual citizenship do you suggest I contact the Italian consular in California for the application?
    But I was actually going to submit my application for the NIE Number to purchase property. What are your thoughts….

    • Reply
      June 30, 2020 at 8:11 am

      Hi Michele! You need to make sure you are eligible for dual citizenship. There is a company we highly recommend on our main page, IDC. They have helped many people with their applications. We do not aware of a NIE number. I assume they can answer that question too. Hope that helps!

  • Reply
    November 23, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    Hi, it took me a year to gather documentation, have transcripts translated, make the appointment … I got there a few days late and was told that I needed to produce a B1 certificate within ten days or start again. Imagine my disarray. I speak French, am a French teacher and love languages, so had already started learning Italian. Ten days; however, was beyond me and completely broke me. What was even harder was that the Consulate representative knew all of this and still made me pay all the fees (including the increased 250 euro).

    • Reply
      November 24, 2020 at 7:59 am

      I’m so sorry to hear this Catherine. May I ask what consulate you went through? Just curious. I can only imagine your despair. I feel your pain and would 100% feel the same. I’m not sure why you were a few days late but please email us.

  • Reply
    Donna Clark
    February 2, 2021 at 10:28 am

    Hi Ilene and Gary,
    I am ready for my appointment Oct 27, 2021 but I am now trying to get my sister an appointment in Philadelphia through Prenota Online. The Italian Consulate website for Philadelphia says that they are taking appointments but when I go into the Prenota calendar there are no appointments available at all. I have sent them an email but no response. Do you know anything about the Philadelphia site?

    • Reply
      February 2, 2021 at 10:34 am

      Hi Donna – I will email you directly and we have a few ideas!

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