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Reacquisition of Italian citizenship


Reacquisition of Italian citizenship

Reacquisition of Italian citizenship

According to Italian law, individuals born in Italy, who automatically lost their Italian citizenship by acquiring U.S. citizenship before August 16th, 1992, are eligible, under certain conditions, for reacquisition of Italian citizenship by establishing their residency in Italy for a period of up to one year. The application may be submitted directly to the City Hall (Comune) in the town in which he/she eshtablises residency.

The Consulate is responsible for sending to the City Hall (Comune) the following documentation provided by the applicant:
• Form "Scheda di rilevazione della naturalizzazione" filled out and signed;
• Proof of residency in the jurisdiction of this Consular Office (driver's license and electricity bill or other utility);
• Birth certificate;
• Marriage certificate and divorce decree if occurred prior to the naturalization (if they occurred in the United States, please, check the Vital Records webpage office for requirements);
• Copy of Italian passport (if available);
• Certificate of naturalization (original plus a photocopy);
• U.S. passport or valid photo ID;
• Receipt of payment of €250.

The fee of €250 must be paid prior to the appointment, through international bank transfer, using the following bank account details:
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 RIACQUISTO CITTADINANZA DI [full name of the applicant (maiden name for women)]".
Should you need to shorten it, please use the following form: “IST. RIACQU. CITT. [full name of the applicant (maiden name for women)]".

Once the documents have been processed by the Consular Office:
• You may apply at the Italian Consulate in Detroit and sign a declaration of intent to reacquire Italian citizenship.
If your declaration is presented at the Consulate of Italy, you will have to acquire residency in Italy within one year from the date of the declaration;
• You may apply at the local City Hall (Comune) in Italy, in the town of your choice, and sign a declaration of intent to reacquire the Italian citizenship.

No visa is necessary for an application for reacquiring the Italian citizenship. Once submitted to the Comune the processing takes less than 90 days, but as a foreign national you must comply with the following requirements:
• As you enter Italy you must sign a Form ("Dichiarazione di presenza") allowing you to be registered as a resident at the City Hall (Comune). The Forms are available at the Port of Entry and/or at the local Prefettura;
• You must report to the City Hall (Comune) and obtain the “Iscrizione anagrafica”, in order to process reacquisition of citizenship during your stay in Italy.