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Italy sets up phone numbers for information on citizenship applications

The Italian government has activated three telephone numbers for foreigners that have submitted a request for Italian citizenship and want information on the status of their procedure the Italian news agency ANSA has reported.

The Italian interior ministry is reported to have on 21 October activated three telephone numbers for people who had filed a request for Italian citizenship and wanted information on what point their file had reached in the procedure.

The numbers can be reached between 10 am and 12 pm. They are:

06/46539955 on Monday and Wednesday
334/6909996 on Wednesday
334/6909859 on Friday
*If you are calling from outside Italy, add the prefix (+39) at the beginning.

Timeline for citizenship

According to the Integrazione Migranti website of the Italian interior ministry and Law 91/1992 on citizenship regulations, requests can take up to 48 months to process from the date they are filed.

The new decree law on immigration (DL 130/2020), currently being converted into law by the parliament, has lowered this to 36 months for citizenship requests filed starting from the date that the law being converted comes into force.

According to the latest figures from the national statistics institute ISTAT, 127,000 people were granted Italian citizenship in 2019 compared to 103,000 in the previous year.

Nine out of ten of the ”new Italians” in 2019 were from outside the EU.

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Among the non-EU nationals, the Albanian, Moroccan, and Brazilian communities were the largest. However, those that experienced the largest increase compared with the previous year were the Macedonian, Pakistani and Ecuadorian communities. Italian nationality law governing the acquisition, transmission and loss of Italian citizenship. Like many continental European countries it is largely based on jus sanguinis (descent).

Moreover, a person who has been legally resident in Italy for at least ten years may apply for and be granted naturalisation as an Italian citizen if he or she does not have a criminal record and has sufficient financial resources. The residence requirement is reduced to three years for descendants of Italian citizen grandparents and for foreigners born in Italy, four years for nationals of EU member states, five years for refugees or stateless persons, and seven years for someone who was adopted as a child by an Italian citizen..

Adira Kallo with ANSA report

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