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Citizenship

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GENERAL 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 by marriage;
  • persons born Italian who have lost their citizenship and wish to reinstate it;

 

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.

The more requested citizenship applications processed by this office refers to:

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