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Italian Citizenship


Italian Citizenship

For general information on Italian citizenship and the different ways to obtain it, please visit the website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Concerning the jurisdiction of the Consular Office in Washington D.C., we would like to highlight the following:

  • Recognition of Italian Citizenship “jure sanguinis” (by descent):
    • The Citizenship Office receives only by appointment all new applicants wishing to acquire Italian citizenship jure sanguinis as per Italian Law 555/1912, Art. 7. To contact the Office in charge, please click here.
    • Applications must be submitted in person. No individuals representing the applicants or agencies are recognized by the Consular Office to act as intermediaries. Applicants may choose, at their own expense and under their own responsibility, to hire said agencies or third parties only to gather the necessary documentation.
    • Only those residing within our consular jurisdiction may apply. Please verify which Italian Consulate has jurisdiction over your residence on our consular network page.
    • Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
    • Visit the following page for further information about eligibility rules, documentation required, and to download an application form.
    • In order to submit your citizenship application, you may set an appointment at the Embassy of Italy by using the online booking system.
    • On the date of the appointment please bring the application form completely filled out.


  • Acquisition of Italian citizenship “jure matrimonii” (by marriage):
    • Since April 27, 1983 (date when Italian Law 123 of 1983 came into force, subsequently repealed by Italian Law 91 of 1992) the foreign spouse of an Italian citizen may request to acquire Italian citizenship after the marriage and after having resided legally in Italy for at least 2 years or abroad for at least 3 years. If the couple has children, whether biological or adopted, these terms are halved.
    • Beginning August 1, 2015 applications for Italian citizenship by marriage (as per Italian Law 1992/91, Art. 5 and further amendments) must be submitted exclusively online. Please follow the instructions at this link: Eligibility rules, documentation required and application.
    • As of December 4th, 2018 (Italian law No. 132, of December 1, 2018) a requirement for being granted Italian citizenship pursuant to art. 5 and 9 of Law 91/1992, is adequate knowledge of the Italian language. Adequate knowledge is defined to be no less than level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
      Fulfillment of this requirement is met by the acquisition of a title/certification issued by an institution of public education/educational institution or a certification issued by an authorized/recognized certifying body.
      Consequently, certifications for B1-level and above may be considered valid for purposes of the aforementioned Italian language requirement.
      Please note that your B-1 language certification MUST be presented together with the rest of the documentation required to apply.

      List of Certifying Institutions.

    • Those who married before April 27, 1983 should contact the Citizenship Office as the procedure to follow is different from the one described via the page linked above.
    • In order to apply at the Citizenship Office in Washington, both the applicant and the spouse must live within our consular jurisdiction to apply. Please verify which Italian Consulate has jurisdiction over your residence on our consular network page.

For further information on Italian citizenship and on the different ways to obtain it not described above, please visit the website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and contact the Citizenship Office at the Embassy of Italy in Washington.


Information on the protection of individuals with reference to the processing of personal data for the purposes of recognition of Italian citizenship jus sanguinis or of its acquisition by naturalization