IMMIGRATION LAW AND ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP
1. VISAS AND RESIDENCE IN ITALY
NON-EU NATIONALS – VISAS AND RESIDENCE
On the following pages we provide further information for non-EU nationals on making certain types of applications for visas and residence in Italy. The immigration law in force now in Italy which contains most provisions in force for non-EU nationals is the “Testo unico immigrazione – decreto legislativo n.286/1998“.
EU NATIONALS – RESIDENCE IN ITALY
The Directive of Free Movement applies to all EU nationals and was implemented in Italy in Law no. 30 of 2007, this is useful to refer to when making an application for residence at the Comune as staff can sometimes misapply the rules.
These rules currently applies to British nationals but only until the date in which membership of the EU will end (29th March 2019), unless a Withdrawal agreement contains provisions for a transitional period and specifically adopts the current rules.
2. APPLICATIONS FOR ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP
We provide assistance to both EU and non-EU nationals who wish to apply for Italian citizenship on the grounds of the length of their residence in Italy, on the grounds of marriage to an Italian national, or due to Italian descent.
- APPLICATIONS BASED ON RESIDENCE
EU nationals are eligible to apply for Italian citizenship after continuous residence of more than 4 years.
Non EU nationals may apply on the basis of continuous residence of at least 10 years in Italy.
Continuous lawful residence must be proved in both cases by demostrating registration at the Anagrafe of the Comune of residence, for at least the required period. In the absence of this (for example employees of UN organisations based in Italy who are exempt from registration as resident in Italy) residence is proved by demonstrating the periods during which they held the relevant permit issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or a permesso di soggiorno (non EU residents only).
- APPLICATIONS BASED ON MARRIAGE TO AN ITALIAN NATIONAL
- APPLICATION BASED ON DESCENT