Regain Italian Citizenship: All You have to know for Reacquiring 2

Regain Italian Citizenship: All You have to know for Reacquiring

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I lost (or my Ancestor lost) my Italian citizenship in the past.  Can I regain the Italian citizenship?


Since you lost your Italian citizenship, you are entitled to a quicker and smoother process to gain it back.

Why is that so important? 

Let’s think about people that want to apply for Italian Citizenship by Descents – as decribed in Our past articles here and here, the Italian bloodline must be uninterrupted.
So, if a descent is still alive and he/she lost Italian Citizenship (i.e. for naturalization), he/she can regain it and the bloodline will be repaired.

Let’s see how it’s possible to Require Italian Citizenship

Find below 2 options that might be applicable to your case to regain Italian citizenship:


  • By application –
    Main requirement: Application + Italian residence registration.

    a) You shall file an application for Italian citizenship either
    (i) with the Italian Municipality you intend to become a registered resident of; or
    (ii) with the Italian Consulate competent based on your current home residence.
    b) The application shall include the commitment to move to Italy and to become an Italian registered resident within 1 year.

Timing: Options 2 would be considerably faster to require italian citizenship.

In particular, you would not be required to keep your status as an Italian resident for a minimum amount of time.
You could apply at the Italian Consulate this month and go to Italy to register as a resident right after that.
At that point you would be an Italian citizen within weeks or a few months.
Should then your plans change and should you move elsewhere after your Italian resident registration, you would still keep your Italian citizenship.

We can assist You step-by-step, in order to get Residency, and Claim Italian Citizenship

Let’s simplify more with some regular Questions submitted by Our past Clients.

Question Answers Explanation
Can I request the reacquisition of my Italian citizenship if I was Italian at birth? YES Any person who has been Italian in a certain period of his life can request the reacquisition of the Italian citizenship.
Is it necessary to be born in Italy? NO It is not necessary to be born in Italy, but your birth should be registered by an Italian town hall and duly updated with your foreign naturalization.
Can I apply if I voluntarily renounced my Italian citizenship? YES If you were Italian and then decided to renounce your Italian citizenship and have changed your mind you can reacquire your Italian citizenship.
Can I request the registration of my naturalization directly at the town hall in Italy? NO As you are resident abroad, you should request to update your status at the relevant Italian Consulate with jurisdiction over your place of residency. Consequently, the Italian Consulate will update the information on your birth act registered in Italy.
Can I apply at the Italian Consulate abroad? NO The Italian Consulate abroad can only handle an initial Declaration of intent, but it is necessary you take residency in Italy and submit the request to the relevant town hall.
Is the Declaration of Intent mandatory at the Italian Consulate to reacquire the Italian citizenship? NO It isn’t, but it could be very helpful. In fact, in case you have the Consular Declaration, then you can submit the request of reacquisition at the Italian town hall just after the confirmation of residency. Otherwise, you should wait for a year of residency in Italy before submitting the request.
Should I book an appointment at the Italian Consulate to make the Declaration of Intent? YES You should prepare all necessary documents, pay a Consular fee and then book an appointment. While at the Consulate, you should sign the Declaration in front of two witnesses.
Does the Declaration expire? YES The Declaration is valid for 12 months only. Within that timeframe, you should move your residency in Italy and submit the request of reacquisition.
Can my children apply with me? YES Your minor children can apply with you, but they should be resident with you in Italy and be involved in the whole process.
Can my spouse apply for Italian citizenship with me? NO You should first reacquire your Italian citizenship and only then your spouse can submit her/his application for citizenship through marriage – please check our web page for more information on this matter.
Is the Consular Declaration the only certificate I need to prepare for the request in Italy? NO You should prepare documents showing your past Italian citizenship and your foreign naturalization. We will guide you through the whole process, including the preparation of documents.
Do I need to have all documents ready before the application? YES All documents should be ready before the application. This applies to all processes when requesting Italian citizenship.
Does the town hall confirm the reacquisition as soon as I take residency? NO The Italian part of the reacquisition could take several months, because the town hall should evaluate all documents and the application. We will also handle any communications with the Citizenship office.
Can I choose the Italian city where I prefer to reside? YES You can choose the Italian city where you prefer to take residency and apply for the reacquisition of your Italian citizenship.
Do I need a permit of stay? YES If you are a Non-EU citizen, you need a permit of stay to reside in Italy. We will guide you through the process of obtaining an Italian permit of stay while the citizenship process is on-going.
Can my family come with me to Italy? YES In case of Non-EU family members, they can come with you and apply for a permit of stay for family reasons.
Should I remain resident in Italy after I have reacquired my Italian citizenship? NO After the reacquisition, you can decide to move your residency as you please.


Do You Think to be eligible for regain Italian citizenship?  or through a judicial 1948 case?  or through naturalization by way of marriage or residency?

Contact Us! 


We assist EU and non EU citizens with immigration and visa matters, as well as  residence registrations.

We offer a comprehensive service tailored to the needs of each case. All cases listed here

Our services include advice on immigration law, cross-border implications related to Italian Dual Citizenship, Investor Golden Visa Italy,(See also here for Investor Golden Visa benefits)  preparation of visa, permit to stay and residence applications, tax aspects, avoidance of dual taxation, (more informations also here)

2 thoughts on “Regain Italian Citizenship: All You have to know for Reacquiring”

  1. Enzo Casullo

    I was born in Italy and migrated to Canada in 1969, in 1974 I became a canadian citizen and now I am no linger eligible to renew my Italian passport

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