Granting of Italian citizenship to persons resident in Italy

The application must be submitted online via the website https://nullaostalavoro.dlci.interno.it/Ministero/Index2; the dedicated portal will automatically assign the application to the competent Prefecture, based on the place of residence of the person concerned.

Citizenship acquired through marriage to an Italian citizen

A foreign or stateless spouse of an Italian citizen can acquire Italian citizenship once he or she has lawfully resided in Italian territory for at least two years following the marriage, or after three years from the date of the marriage if resident abroad. In both cases, at the time of issue of the decree, the marriage must not have been dissolved or annulled or the civil effects of the marriage must not have been terminated, and the spouses must not have separated.

The above time periods are reduced by half if the married couple has children, whether natural or adopted.

Prefects have powers to adopt measures regarding the granting or denial of citizenship to foreign citizens who are married to Italian citizens residing in Italy.

If, on the other hand, the foreign spouse resides abroad, those powers lie with the Head of the Department for Civil Liberties and Immigration.

The application must be submitted online via the website https://nullaostalavoro.dlci.interno.it/Ministero/Index2; the dedicated portal will automatically assign the application to the competent Prefecture or Consular Representation, based on the place of residence of the person concerned.

Relevant legislation

Legislative Decree No 113 of 4 October 2018, converted by Law No 132 of 1 December 2018

Law No 94 of 15 July 2009, Financial intermediaries regulation

Law No 91 of 5 February 1992, New rules on citizenship

Presidential Decree No 572 of 12 October 1993, Implementing Regulations

Presidential Decree No 362 of 18 April 1994, Regulations on procedures for acquiring Italian citizenship