How To Get Italian Citizenship by Marriage? 

This is a general question we ask from our Clients and for several different reasons. 

First of all, Italian Citizenship Laws changed several times in the last decade. So it’s complex to understand how to apply for Italian Citizenship by Marriage through these amendments and new rules.

We are here to assist you with Italian Citizenship by Marriage and explain to You all Italian Citizenship by Marriage requirements, with all steps required. 


When it comes to Italian Citizenship by Marriage, we refer to one of the most common applications for getting an Italian Passport and Dual Citizenship.  

This is certainly not the case.

From one side, Italian Citizenship through Marriage is a goal for several families, in which an Italian Spouse married a foreign person.  

And maybe they also have children: if the children, for some reason, didn’t get automatically Italian Citizenship through their Italian Father/Italian Mother, that’s why applying for Italian Citizenship by Marriage is the way to transmit Italian Citizenship to them too.

From the other side, getting an Italian Dual Passport is the best investment You can make for Your family, as it’s currently set at the 4th Most Powerful Passport according to the official Worldwide Passport Index.

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You will understand how to get Italian Citizenship by Marriage, all Italian Citizenship by Marriage requirements, and everything You need to know about Italian Citizenship by Marriage.

The data collected on Italian Citizenship by Marriage acquisitions from the official Italian Government Statistics by Marriage are evident.

Marriage’s demand for Italian citizenship is increasing year by year, and more people are always looking to become Italian citizens through Marriage.

The demands for Italian Citizenship through Marriage are increasing for several different circumstances.

For example, after Brexit, UK Citizens married an Italian spouse.

Or,  think about the new opportunity to get an Italian Passport after some years of applying with the new Golden Visa For Italy.

Italian Citizenship Law and Rules changed a lot in the last decade – That’s also why it’s vital to hire qualified Italian Citizenship Lawyers to have qualified Italian Citizenship Assistance.


Why Do I Have to apply for Italian Citizenship by Marriage?

Italian Citizenship for foreigners regularly residing in Italy – or not residing in Italy – is a fundamental goal.

That’s the case for those married to an Italian spouse, so they aim to get Italian Citizenship by Marriage, mainly as a future investment for their minor children. 

So, do not think about Italian Citizenship by Marriage to get an Italian dual Passport for Yourself (that may be the goal for some people). 

Let’s also think about the future generations – You children, the children of Your children, and so on. 

Indeed, Italian Citizenship can transmit through generations as Italian Citizenship by Descent.

Getting an Italian Dual Citizenship Is an excellent investment for the future: it increases opportunities and quality of life for the Italian Citizenship Applicants and their family members and relatives.

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Full accesso to Free Public Education: free public education is available to children who reside in Italy.

Free Registration with National Health Care Service: the Italian National Health Care covers Italian Citizens without paying anything except for small fees for particular treatments. 
Italian Citizenship entitles a family doctor, access to all specialist tests and visits, admission to the hospital, etc.

Stop Bureaucracy: there is no need to go to the Police Headquarters to renew your permit to stay or think about getting an Italian Visa for coming to Schengen  Europe or Italy. 

Become European Citizen: as an EU citizen, You can live and move all around the EU with all benefits like:

Freedom of movement and residence throughout the territory of the Union;

The right to vote and be elected in municipal and European Parliament elections in the Member State of residence;

The protection by the diplomatic and consular authorities of any Member State in a third country in which the State of which the person in question has citizenship is not represented;

Complete civil and social rights: like the right to vote, to make jobs reserved only to Italians, enjoy political life, enjoy benefits reserved only to Italians, etc.

Benefits for traveling and moving outside the EU.


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Am I Eligible for Italian Citizenship through Marriage?

When people decide to start applying for Italian Citizenship through Marriage with an Italian spouse, they have to pay attention to the requirements

It may be a huge error to think to be eligible just because You are married. A Certificate of Marriage is certainly the basic requirement, but not the only one. 

What is also important is to check if some amount of time has passed from the day You married – and this changes depending on if You’re residing in Italy or abroad.  

So let’s see the Italian Citizenship by Marriage requirements which are relevant for Your eligibility.

A question you have to ask to yourself: How Much Time Has Passed Since The Marriage?

This is a relevant requirement. You have first to check.

Indeed, when You marry an Italian spouse, this does not mean that you can apply for Italian Citizenship by Marriage the day after.

Several months have to pass: 

2 Years

If you are an Italian Resident. 

3 Years

If you are not an Italian Resident. 

Do You have children (biological or adopted)? This may help to cut off by 50% wait times. 

So, if you have children, you will have to wait:

1 Year

If you are an Italian Resident. 

1,5 Years

If you are not an Italian Resident. 


Ok, so you have read why it’s crucial to invest in applying for Italian Citizenship through Marriage.

Now, Let’s see how to apply for Italian Citizenship by Marriage. 

We want to enlist all Italian Citizenship by Marriage requirements and the different ways to apply, depending on whether you live in Italy or live abroad. 

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Italian Citizenship by Marriage allows You to get an Italian Passport simply because  You are married to an Italian spouse. 

Starting from these sentences, You may think it’s pretty easy to get Italian Citizenship in this way, just because you have a Marriage Certificate – unfortunately, it’s not no easy as it seems. 

Why the path of Italian Citizenship through Marriage may be complex? 

The main reason is that this program (like the Italian citizenship through residency program) was amended several times in the last decades, with the previous significant modification in 2018, with Law  No. 132/2018 that introduced the Italian Language requirement and new [longer] processing time (maximum 48 months)

But we also have some great news: in January 2021, the Italian Government introduced some great [positive] amendments to the Italian Citizenship Law, which affected Italian Citizenship by Marriage procedures. 

From one side, the processing time is now reduced to 2 Years as maximum wait time [this means that You can obtain Your Italian Citizenship in few months]. 

On the other side, they also changed the application itself, which is now clearer but more information as requirements

The Italian Citizenship By Marriage Application Process.

To submit a correct Italian Citizenship by Marriage application, several documents to prepare, and some important tips to remember. 

Required Documents for Italian Citizenship by Marriage for foreigners

Important: the list above is not legal advice, and it’s not complete with several requirements requested by the Italian Citizenship Laws, which we will evaluate on a case-by-case basis. Consider it just for informative purposes. 

The application procedure for Italian Citizenship by Marriage if you’re living outside Italy

Step 1. Document Check and Digital ID.

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Before submitting the Italian Citizenship by Marriage application, You have to check Your documents if collected in the right way and register yourself for an Italian Digital ID.

First of all, You have to submit electronically Your Italian Citizenship by Marriage application, with all paperwork scanned and submitted to the Italian Citizenship Department at the Italian Ministry of Internal Affairs.

The procedure was recently amended on this part, as the Italian Government requires a digital identity SPID to be identified as an Italian Citizenship Applicant. 

That’s not an easy process, and that’s why of the many reasons You need an Italian Citizenship Lawyer to assist You during the process.

Step 2. The Italian Citizenship Application.

From January 2021, the Portal for submitting the application for Italian Citizenship by Marriage changed, so beware not to select the wrong one.

Using the SPID ID described in Step 1., You can log in to the Official Italian Government’s Italian Citizenship portal. 

As You may notice, the portal is entirely in the Italian language. 

So, that’s another reason for avoiding self-application but hiring a qualified Italian Citizenship Lawyer to assist You in the process.

After you entered into the Portal, You will have to select the dedicated section for Italian Citizenship by Marriage:


So now You are ready to fill up all the forms with all the information requested, and at the same time, You’ll have to upload a scanned copy of the document You already have, related to that information. 


As you can see from the left menu, there are several steps to fill up a complete Italian citizenship application by Marriage

It’s crucial, for this purpose, to have all documents ready before the application.

Indeed, there won’t be the chance to integrate the documents in a second moment.

As you send the application, the Offices will evaluate Your Italian Citizenship by Marriage application based on these documents You uploaded. That’s it. 

Step 3. The Appointment at the Italian Consulate

After a few weeks or months, the competent Italian Consulate (based on your residence) will contact Youto to bring all paper documents.

Indeed, through the Italian Citizenship by Marriage Portal, you uploaded a scanned version of these. 

So they have to check these documents are not fake, and they fully correspond to the ones uploaded.

As they double-checked the documents, You have to wait for the decision on Your application. 

Important Notes, Pay Attention.

Following the Law, You will never receive communication from the Italian Consulate (like an email). For monitoring Your application, You have to log in to the Portal and check the “Status.”

As we said, the Italian Citizenship by Marriage Application has to be decided in MAXIMUM 2 Years, from the day you submitted Your application.

This means that if You don’t have a decision in 2 years, You can fill out an appeal at the Italian Court, and they will decide Your Application.

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The Italian Citizenship by Marriage application will follow [almost] the same rules and procedure as we described above for the Italian Citizenship through Marriage application for non-Italian residents.

However, what it changes is related is the Step #3 and some other (unwritten) consequences. 

Step 3. The Appointment at the Italian Prefettura.

As an Italian resident, of course, You have not expected to have an appointment at the Italian Consulate but at the Prefettura Office.

The Prefettura is the local representative office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Italy, located in each Italian Province. 

But this may be an advantage for You in certain circumstances. 

It’s a well-known fact that many Italian Consulates cannot process huge numbers of demands, which may be a problem for Your application wait time. 

That’s why it’s important and mandatory to check the 2-years wait time and do not hesitate to submit an appeal at the Italian Court with Your Italian Citizenship Lawyers, is case this time won’t be respected.  


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