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Italian citizenship

 

Italian citizenship

stemmaGENERAL INFORMATION

Italian citizenship is currently regulated by Law no. 91 February 5th 1992 (and regulation for its implementation: specifically DPR no. 572 of 12th October 1993 and DPR no. 362 of 18th April 1994). The law underlines the importance of individual’s will to gain or lose Italian citizenship and it gives the right to hold more than one citizenship simultaneously.

In general, Citizenship legislation applies to

  • descendants of Italian citizens claiming citizenship;
  • foreigners applying for Italian citizenship, mainly through marriage;
  • persons born Italian who have lost their citizenship and wish to reinstate it;

For a complete overview about how Italian citizenship can be recognized or obtained, please refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation website

CLAIMING/APPLY FOR THE ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP IN NEW ZEALAND

As the process to apply or claim the Italian citizenship can take up to 48 months, the Embassy of Italy in Wellington will process the citizenship applications lodged exclusively by New Zealand resident citizens and/or foreign permanent residents of New Zealand which hold an indefinite re-entry New Zealand visa.

For more information on citizenship applications please refers to:

  1. Citizenship by descent (Iure sanguinis) and
  2. Citizenship through marriage or civil union (same-sex-marriage) 

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