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Citizenship by marriage/civil union

 

Citizenship by marriage/civil union

Please note that a new language requirement has been added for Italian citizenship by marriage and civil union applications (review the information in Italian). As of December 4th, 2018 (Law. 132 – Dec. 1st 2018), applicants must be competent in the Italian language at the level B1 (or higher) of the EU Common Language Framework. A certificate of proficiency issued by an approved educational institution will be required at the time of application. While a complete list of such institutions is not yet available, the following are the ones already approved: Università per stranieri di Siena, Università per stranieri di Perugia, Università Roma Tre, Società Dante Alighieri. Certifications issued by such institutions will be accepted for the purpose of this application.

 

Acquisition of Italian citizenship “jure matrimonii” (by marriage) according to Italian Law 1992/91, Art. 5 and by civil union

Please note that while the Italian Emabssies and Consulates around the world receive applications for Italian citizenship through marriage/civil union, ultimately, the naturalization process is determined by the Ministry of the Interior. These instructions apply to foreign citizens who have married an Italian citizen after April 27, 1983. The couple must have been married for at least 3 years (or 2 years if they have resided legally in Italy). This residency terms are halved when the couple has biological or adopted minor children.

The Italian spouse must be registered with the Consulate. Please see the AIRE section of our website. The marriage MUST have been registered in Italy at the Comune (municipality). For instructions on how to register your marriage occurred abroad, please visit the Vital Records section of our website. You may not apply for citizenship through your spouse if you have divorced from him or her, or if he or she passed away.

Foreign citizens who have married an Italian citizen before April 27, 1983 should get in touch with the citizenship office of this Consulate in order to apply through a different procedure.

Before starting the process and after reading these instructions, it is recommended that you get in touch with the citizenship office for an appointment or a phone conversation in order to review the list of required documents and the details of the procedure. 

The application processing time is 48 months (4 years) starting from the day on which the last required document is accepted.

INSTRUCTIONS and DOCUMENTS:

Please register at this link: https://nullaostalavoro.dlci.interno.it/Ministero/registrazione_user
This webpage is in Italian only. 

A. Fill out the AE Form (Modello AE). Applicants need to make sure to

  1. complete it with the name of the applicant as it is indicated in his/her birth certificate;
  2. include all their addresses of residence since age 14.

B. Applicants should upload all the documents listed in this section only once they have been authenticated by this Consulate 
where necessary.

  1. ITALIAN LANGUAGE CERTIFICATION – Obtain this document BEFORE you obtain any other document indicated below. The Italian language proficiency may be demonstrated in ONE of the following ways:
    • A DEGREE issued by a public institution or equivalent in Italy or abroad, recognized by the Ministero dell’Istruzione dell'Università e della Ricerca, and by the Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale,
      OR,
    • A CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY IN ITALIAN LANGUAGE AT LEVEL B1 (or higher), issued by one of the following institutions:
      • Università per stranieri di Siena
      • Università per stranieri di Perugia
      • Università Roma Tre
      • Società Dante Alighieri
        • In Detroit, it is possible to take the B1 exam at the Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan that has a PLIDA  agreement with the above mentioned Italian Ministries. For further information please review the Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan website or get in touch with them:
          Address: 4050 W. Maple Road Suite 250, Bloomfield Hills, MI
          48301.
          Telephone: 248-250-8928
          Email: info@dantemichigan.org 
          Website: www.dantemichigan.org
           
  2. BIRTH CERTIFICATE – This document must be in "long form", apostilled (see Apostille section), and translated into Italian (do not translate the apostille); finally, the original with apostille and translation must be authenticated at our office, but only if the Certificate was issued in the United States. For the authentication process, please get in touch with the citizenship office

    Please note that if the Certificate was issued in another Country, it must be authenticated, translated, and legalized for use in Italy in the Country of origin. Our recommendation is to get in touch with the Italian Authority (Consulate or Embassy) in the Country in which the certificate was issued to learn about the specific authentication process.

  3. A. POLICE RECORD issued by the Department of Justice of the State where you reside (in original, with official seal and an official’s notarized signature) translated into Italian. If, beginning at age 14, you have legally resided in other locations outside the State in which you currently reside, you will need a criminal record from each State or Country (except for Italy: such a record will be retrieved automatically with the application) of previous residence; finally, each original background check must be apostilled (see Apostille section), translated (do not translate the apostille) and presented to our office (only if issued in the United States) for authentication. For the authentication process, please get in touch with the citizenship office

    Please note that the validity allowed for this Certificate is 6 months. If your application is NOT submitted AND considered complete within this time, you will need to re-submit this Certificate again.

    Please note also that if the Certificate was issued in another Country, it must be authenticated, translated, and legalized for use in Italy in the Country of origin. Our recommendation is to get in touch with the Italian Authority (Consulate or Embassy) in the country in which the certificate was issued to learn about the specific authentication process.

    B. FBI Clearance (Finger Print Form) to be requested from the address below. Please consult https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/identity-history-summary-checks for instructions on how to request it. 

    FBI-Criminal Justice Information
    Service division D2, 100 Custer Hollow Rd.
    Clarksburg, West Virginia 26306

    It must then be apostilled (by the Department of State in this case) and translated into Italian (do not translate the apostille); finally, the original with apostille and translation must be authenticated at our office. For the authentication process, please get in touch with the citizenship office

    Please note that the validity allowed for this Certificate is 6 months. If your application is NOT submitted AND considered complete within this time, you will need to re-submit this Certificate again.

  4. MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE (Atto integrale di matrimonio) obtained from the Comune (municipality) in Italy in which your Marriage was registered. You may NOT request this certificate through the Consular Office.

  5. US CITIZENS: COPY OF PASSPORT FOR US CITIZENS and COPY OF DRIVER’S LICENSE or utility bill as proof of residence within this Consular Jurisdiction.

    CITIZENS OF OTHER CONUTRIES: COPY OF PASSPORT, COPY OF PROOF OF LEGAL RESIDENCE (PERMANENT RESIDENT CARD, aka Green Card, or VISA), and COPY OF DRIVER’S LICENSE or utility bill as proof of residence within this Consular Jurisdiction.

  6. PROOF OF PAYMENT: you must provide proof of payment made as per the instructions below. On July 15, 2009 a new Law n.94, regarding citizenship, was enacted in Italy, which states that effective August 8, 2009, prior to presenting applications to request Italian citizenship through marriage or renunciation of Italian citizenship, you are required to make a wire transfer, directly to the Ministry of the Interior in the amount of 250 EUROS (net amount after all fees), using the following bank account details:

    Beneficiary
    : CONTO CORRENTE POSTALE “MINISTERO DELL’INTERNO D.L.C.I. - CITTADINANZA"
    Bank: Poste Italiane SPA / BancoPosta
    Bank address: Viale Europa 175, Roma ITALIA
    Forward to: 34429
    IBAN code n.: IT54D0760103200000000809020
    BIC/SWIFT Code of Poste italiane:  
    - for International transfers: BPPIITRRXXX  
    - for Eurogiro operations : PIBPITRA (only if performing bank transaction within Europe)

    Reference of payment: Please indicate: “ISTANZA DI CITTADINANZA PER MATRIMONIO DI [full name of the applicant (maiden name for women)]".

    Should you need to shorten it, please use the following form: “IST. CITTAD. MATR. [full name of the applicant (maiden name for women)]".
    NOTE: When using the IBAN number, no further recipient information is necessary.

Finally, when uploading the documentation, please keep in mind that you only have a limited number of slots in which to upload the requested documents. We suggest you scan more than one document into one digital file when necessary so that you upload all of the documents requested above, for example #2a and #2b could be combined together.

AFTER THE SUBMISSION

Once uploaded, the documentation will be reviewed by this Consulate. If the application is accurate and complete, you will be summoned via the portal or by email to present all of the original documentation to the Consular Office (review the list below). On the day of the appointment, the applicant will be asked to sign on the application in front of the Officer.

List of Documents to Bring to the Consulate on the Day of the Appointment

  1. A current identification document (passport or driver’s license).
  2. The documents included in the list above and that have been uploaded in the portal.
  3. A printout of the AE Form.
  4. Marriage certificate from the Comune (municipality) in Italy in which your Marriage was registered. You may NOT request this certificate through the Consular Office of the Embassy.
  5. A money order addressed to the Consulate of Italy in Detroit or exact cash for the payment of Consular fees. The amount to be paid will be indicated when scheduling the appointment.

In case more documentation needs to be uploaded or if your application was rejected and needs re-submission, you will be notified via the portal.

 


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