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Citizenship - General information from the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Citizenship application through marriage to Italian citizens.


• legal residency in Italy for a period of at least two years after the marriage, or three years if residing abroad; these periods are reduced by half in the presence of children born or adopted by the spouses;
• validity of the marriage at the time of granting nationality;
• absence of criminal convictions;
• absence of obstacles linked to national security.

The application for the acquisition of nationality, for foreign citizens residing in Italy, must be addressed to the Ministry of the Interior and must be presented to the Prefecture of the Province of residence.

Application procedure