Re-acquisition of Italian citizenship
Double citizenship: allowed
Length of the procedure: 1 year
Citizenship for children: yes
Italian language test: no
Criminal record: not an impediment
Italian healthcare: for residents only
Residence during the procedure: Italy
Taxation in Italy: residents only
Conditions of eligibility for the program
Previous possession of the Italian citizenship
Financial means € 6.000,00 (for 1 person)
Transfer of the residence to Italy
Services provided by Aprigliano Law Firm
Assistance with the translation and legalization/apostille of documents
Assistance with the recovery of Italian certificates
Assistance with the correction of wrong information in certificates
Assistance with the transcription of the loss of Italian citizenship
Assistance with the transfer of residence to Italy
Assistance with the residence permit application for non-EU nationals
Assistance with the filing of the application
Complete assistance with the whole re-acquisition procedure
Tax number application (where applicable)
Aire registration (where applicable)
* Provided by third-party professionals.
Italian Law provides the possibility of being nationals of more than one country, i.e. the right to double or multiple citizenship. Said double citizenhsip has several advantages, such as the possibility of living in two different countries and enabling people to travel more freely around the world. The features above are even more advantageous for nationals of countries where an entry visa is required in order to be allowed to enter third countries. Not all passports are the same. Some passports, including the Italian passport, grant entry to most countries without the need of a specific visa, whereas other passports do not provide such privilege.
According to the annual ranking which measures passports on the basis of the number of countries they offer visa-free access to, the Italian Passport ranks No. 3, granting entry to 175 countries without obtaining an advance visa (No 1 grants entry to 177 countries). The Italian passport enables nationals to travel and settle in any EU State without unnecessary formalities.
There are several ways to acquire the Italian citizenship: by marriage, by residence or for reasons of descent from an Italian citizen. Acquiring the Italian citizenship guarantees the right to vote and to stand as a candidate in elections, to perform activities that are reserved to Italian citizens, and to turn to the Italian embassy in any other country in case of necessity.
Before listing other rights and duties arising from the acquisition of the Italian citizenship, a distinction between Italian nationals residing in Italy and Italian nationals residing abroad must be made.
It must be specified that, as regards tax matter, Italian Law adopted the “World Wide Taxation” principle and the “territoriality” of income principle. According to the World Wide Taxation principle, all incomes earned in Italy and abroad by a resident national shall be subject to taxation in Italy, whereas Italian nationals established abroad shall pay taxes on incomes earned in Italy only.
Italian Healthcare provides free medical care to all Italian nationals residing in Italy. Such nationals are issued the Italian Health Insurance Card which grants access to medical care. Italian nationals residing abroad are not issued said Health Card, and have access to Italian health care in the case of an extreme emergency only.
Grounds for denial
The granting of the Italian citizenship by marriage or residence is subjected to the discretion of public administration, which can deny it in the event the foreign national has a criminal record. Such provision does not apply to applicants for Italian citizenship by descent and to nationals re-acquiring citizenship.
The present legislation provides for different time frames for the purpose of requesting the Italian citizenship. In the event of application for re-acquisition of citizenship, the foreign national can apply for an Italian passport immediately after having reacquired the Italian citizenship.
Children and spouse
Children of the foreign national applying for the re-acquisition of the Italian citizenship, if minor and living with the parent when citizenship is granted, automatically acquire Italian citizenship. The spouse can apply for Italian citizenship by marriage.
A foreign national who has held Italian citizenship in the past can at any time apply for re-acquisition. The applicant is required to transfer his/her residence to Italy.
The procedure consists of 3 steps:
- Step 1. Transfer of residence to Italy
- Step 2. Application for re-acquisition of the Italian citizenship before the Municipality of residence
- Step 3. Termination of the procedure and declaration of re-acquisition of the Italian citizenship before the Civil Registrar
The procedure is usually handled in 6/8 months after the transfer of residence.
Aprigliano is a leading Italian Immigration and Citizenship Law boutique offering a wide range of integrated services tailored to the needs of each Client.
We can assist our Clients with the citizenship application all over Italy.
We do not believe that achieving the Client’s desired outcome is enough; what we aim for is exceeding our Client’s expectations by taking care of every single detail. We see our Clients as people, not numbers, with different cultural backgrounds, personalities and expectations. Our goal is to understand each person’s needs in order to provide a tailored service that will make the application process positive and stress-free.
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