BRITISH CITIZENSHIP

Posted by on Jan 17, 2019 in LEGAL UPDATES | 0 comments

Application for British Citizenship: There are different ways to apply for British citizenship based on your circumstances. Current residence: If you moved to the UK you may apply for ‘naturalisation’ as a British citizen if: you moved to the UK on a visa you are from a EEA country or Switzerland If you have lived in the UK for the last 5 years you may be able to: apply if you’ve had indefinite leave to remain for the past year apply if you’re from the EEA and you’ve had permanent residence status for the past year You may be...

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Italian language test for citizenship

Posted by on Dec 13, 2018 in IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY LAW UPDATE, LEGAL UPDATES | 0 comments

A new language test for Italian citizenship has recently been added in an amendment to the immigration and citizenship law D.L. n. 91 of 5th February 1992. Last month  amendment 14.7 of the Decreto Sicurezza was approved in the Camera, confirming the requirement that all those applying for Italian citizenship under Article 5 of the 1992 law (marriage grounds) and Article 9 (residence grounds) must pass an Italian language test to the minimum level of B1 (pre-intermediate). Article 9 of D.L. n. 91/1992 has now been amended to include...

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“Codice rosso” new law on domestic violence

Posted by on Nov 29, 2018 in LEGAL UPDATES | 0 comments

New draft legislation making its way through the Italian Parliament, nicknamed “Disegno di legge Codice Rosso”  modifies the existing provisions of the codice penale. The new law provides for new training for police and carabinieri and fast-tracking of police reports by victims of domestic violence, which will need to be submitted immediately to the prosecutor’s office. There will also be  speedier access to justice for victims through the courts, particularly in urgent cases, for example where an injunction is needed....

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Recognising overseas birth certificates

Posted by on Nov 29, 2018 in Immigration and Italian Citizenship, LEGAL UPDATES | 0 comments

With the ever-looming enforcement of Brexit in March 2019 and the Decreto Sicurezza*  (D.L. n. 113/2018) which came into force on 5th October 2018, there has been an influx of British citizens making applications for Italian citizenship (on the grounds of residency, marriage or ius sanguinis) with the aim to protect their rights as European citizens. Recently we have received enquiries from British clients in relation to what form of birth certificates would be considered  acceptable in the citizenship application. The online application...

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Incoterms in international contracts

Posted by on Nov 8, 2018 in COMMERCIAL LAW UPDATES | 0 comments

What are Incoterms and why are they relevant in relation to international contracts? Incoterms are international commercial clauses published by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and are referred to in international contracts for the sale of goods. They provide specific rules in relation to the buyer and seller’s responsibilities when dealing with loss, damages and the costs of transport. In fact, they are only commercial in nature, and  are used widely during international commercial transactions, so they do not constitute any...

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Decreto Salvini – Legge 113/2018 – changes to law on Italian Citizenship

Posted by on Oct 30, 2018 in IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY LAW UPDATE | 0 comments

Changes to Italian Immigration and Citizenship rules (Decreto Salvini) came into force on October 5th 2018 with Decreto Legge 113/2018. Article 14 of this new law changes the current rules on applications for Italian citizenship. These new rules affect a number of our clients, in particular British citizens hoping to obtain Italian citizenship before the UK leaves the EU in order to safeguard the rights associated with European citizenship. The main changes are the increase in time in which the Home office must make a decision and the increase...

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Permanent residence certificate

Posted by on Oct 23, 2018 in IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY LAW UPDATE | 0 comments

Permanent Residence: Following 5 years of continuous legal residence in Italy, an EU citizen* can apply for permanent residence. This is a certificate issued by the Comune known as the “Attestato di soggiorno permanente“. The right to obtain the Attestato di soggiorno permanente is provided in the Directive on Free movement (2004/38/CE) and is incorporated into Italian law no. 30 of 2007 (see articles 14- 16). Art. 14. Diritto di soggiorno permanente 1. Il cittadino dell’Unione che ha soggiornato legalmente ed in via continuativa per...

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Three years of the new EU Succcession Regulation

Posted by on Oct 6, 2018 in SUCCESSION LAW UPDATES | 0 comments

Choice of Law Clause in Wills The EU Succession Regulation (650/2012) came into force in August 2015, with the intention of simplifying and clarifying succession procedures and applicable laws, for Europeans living in different countries than that of their origin, and owners of property in multiple cities. Currently the applicable law to a succession, in accordance with this Regulation, is that of an individual’s “habitual residence”, of which there is no definition.  The interpretation of “habitual residence”, three years on,...

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How can criminal convictions affect Italian Citizenship Applications?

Posted by on Sep 14, 2018 in IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY LAW UPDATE, LEGAL UPDATES | 0 comments

We have been receiving an increase in enquiries in relation to past criminal convictions (which can include cautions) and what the Italian law states in relation to criminal convictions when making an application for Italian citizenship on the basis of marriage or residency. Citizenship on the basis of marriage: Applying for Italian citizenship on the basis of marriage is an automatic right. Citizenship on the basis of marriage can only be denied to those who have a criminal record for a serious crime committed either in or outside of Italy....

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INTERNATIONAL CONTRACTS – CHOICE OF APPLICABLE LAW

Posted by on Aug 23, 2018 in COMMERCIAL LAW UPDATES, LEGAL UPDATES | Comments Off on INTERNATIONAL CONTRACTS – CHOICE OF APPLICABLE LAW

INTERNATIONAL CONTRACTS: ARE THERE LIMITS TO THE PARTIES’ POWER OF CHOICE OF APPLICABLE LAW?  (EU regulation Rome I, Nikiforidis, necessary application of rules, lois de police (rules of application)) 1) How do you identify the law applicable to an international contract? When there is a foreign element in the creation of a contract (i.e. one of the parties is foreign, there is a foreign object or the execution of the contract could potentially be carried out in accordance with foreign law) national law cannot always be said to be...

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CASELAW – ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP – MARRIAGE TO FOREIGN NATIONAL

Posted by on Aug 23, 2018 in IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY LAW UPDATE, LEGAL UPDATES | 0 comments

RIGHT TO CLAIM FOR ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP BY DESCENT VIA FEMALE LINE, WHERE CLAIMANTS MOTHER HAD AUTOMATICALLY LOST HER CITIZENSHIP ON MARRIAGE TO FOREIGN NATIONAL Corte di Cassazione, judgment of  5 November 2015 n. 22608   FACTS: An Italian citizen married her Egyptian citizen husband in 1950 and settled in Egypt.  She became an Egyptian citizen automatically following her marriage.  The Claimant, her son, applied to the Tribunale di Roma in relation to his application for Italian citizenship on the basis of iure...

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CASELAW – ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP – DELAY IN DECISION BY CONSOLATO ITALIANO

Posted by on Aug 23, 2018 in IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY LAW UPDATE, LEGAL UPDATES | 0 comments

DELAY BY CONSOLATO ITALIANO IN PROCESSING APPLICATION  (AND RIGHT AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO APPLY TO THE COURTS IN ITALY EVEN THROUGH THE MALE LINE). Ordinanza del Tribunale di Roma 18 April 2018 FACTS: The Claimants were the grandchildren of an Italian citizen (BG) born in Italy in 1879, who had emigrated to Brazil, where he died without ever renouncing his Italian citizenship.  His descendants made an application for Italian citizenship by descent at the Italian Consulate at Porto Alegre, Brazil in 2016, claiming that via ius sanguinis he...

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CASELAW – ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP – DE FACTO SEPARATION

Posted by on Jul 30, 2018 in Immigration and Italian Citizenship, LEGAL UPDATES | 0 comments

Corte di Cassazione, judgment of 17 January 2017 n. 969 FACTS: A Tunisian national made an application for Italian citizenship on the basis of her marriage to an Italian national. Following submission of her application for Italian citizenship she had then separated from her spouse. This was however a personal/de facto separation and not a judicial one. ISSUES: The First Tier Tribunal and the Court of Appeal both ruled stating that the Applicant was in possession of the required legal requisites for acquisition of Italian citizenship and had...

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Disposizioni Anticipate di Trattamento – the right to choose

Posted by on Jul 30, 2018 in LEGAL UPDATES, SUCCESSION LAW UPDATES | 0 comments

Disposizioni Anticipate di Trattamento – the right to choose Following considerable public interest and pressure, the Italian government has now approved the proposed Law on Living Wills. (See also article of 4 April 2017, “Living Wills in Italy- Il Testamento Biologico”, published by Jessica Zama). Law n.219 of 22 December 2017 is now in force, and means that any individual in Italy, who is over 18 and has mental capacity, can now specify in advance, via a “Living Will” (called “Disposizioni Anticipate di Trattamento”, or...

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CASELAW – ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP – LAWFUL RESIDENCE UP TO AGE 18

Posted by on Jun 11, 2018 in IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY LAW UPDATE, LEGAL UPDATES | 0 comments

DEFINITION OF “LAWFUL RESIDENCE” Right to Italian citizenship at age 18 where born in Italy Cassazione Civile Sent. Sez. 1 Num. 12380 del 17 May 2017 FACTS The Claimant (a minor) was born in Italy on 5 June 1991 to immigrant parents from Former Yugoslavia. The Claimant’s father had a permesso di soggiorno valid until 1999. The Claimant’s mother had requested permesso di soggiorno in 1992. A request to register the Claimant at the anagrafe was made on 14 September 1995, four years after the child was born. There were various...

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Take a moment to read our updated Privacy Policy

Posted by on Jun 4, 2018 in LEGAL UPDATES | 0 comments

This challenging piece of legislation is going to set the standards for privacy law in the world for years to come, since revelations about the use of Facebook have shown very recently how data breaches and fraudulent use of data can even manipulate the modern political process. We take this new law very seriously and we have carefully reviewed how we as lawyers can improve the guarantees we offer our clients of a very high standard of privacy and confidentiality. Privacy Policy

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Italian citizenship – the sad fate of Alfie Evans

Posted by on May 3, 2018 in IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY LAW UPDATE, LEGAL UPDATES | 0 comments

The sad fate of 23 month old Italian citizen Alfie Evans who never managed to arrive in Italy. Alfie Evans was granted Italian citizenship on 24 April 2018 on the basis of Article 9(2) Act No. 91 of 5 February 1992, which states that: ‘By decree of the President of the Republic, having heard the Council of State and following a decision by the Council of Ministers, upon a proposal of the Minister for the Interior, in consultation with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, citizenship may be granted to aliens where they have rendered an...

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“British in Italy – Rights of British citizens in the EU post-Brexit”.

Posted by on Apr 27, 2018 in IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY LAW UPDATE, LEGAL UPDATES | 0 comments

MEETING IN ROME NEXT WEEK WEDNESDAY 2ND MAY AT 2.30PM All Saints Church, Via del Babuino (St Thomas Room in the Crypt – access from Via Gesù and Maria) Speakers will be Gareth Horsfall, Charlotte Oliver and Alison Jamieson of British in Italy Please confirm you will definitely be attending with your full name and a contact cell no, either on Facebook page or to email address britsinitaly@gmail.com. The church has allowed space for 50 attendees in total so first come first served!

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International succession dispute – Johnny Hallyday

Posted by on Apr 27, 2018 in LEGAL UPDATES, SUCCESSION LAW UPDATES | 0 comments

Lawyers in France and the US are embroiled in the latest high profile international succession dispute, attempting to untangle the complex estate of Johnny Hallyday, the iconic French singer who died in December 2017 leaving four children and his wife Laeticia. We thought it would be interesting to look at the scenario, as it is similar to that which often affects international clients with assets in Italy, and give our thoughts on the issues of cross-border succession law and perhaps even predict a possible verdict in the case. Johnny...

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Italian citizenship – proof of legal residence

Posted by on Apr 26, 2018 in IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY LAW UPDATE, LEGAL UPDATES | 0 comments

Applications under article 9 of the Italian citizenship law of 1992 require proof of “legal residence”. The period must be uninterrupted, and can vary from three years in the case of a person who has a parent or grand-parent who was born Italian, to a maximum period of 10 years which needs to be proved by a non-EU national. In  law  n. 572/1993, which gives guidance on the new citizenship law, legal residence was defined as: “a person shall be consisdered to be legally resident in Italy if they have satisfied the conditions...

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