I thought that it was about time that I updated you on our tortuous family quest to remain European. My husband is Italian and British, while our daughter, son and I are British. Because of Brexit, we’re applying for Italian citizenship for me and the kids. I’ve been sharing the details of the application process, because people have been asking me about it. You can read my previous posts about our applications here. I hope that they’re helpful – but remember that I’m not a lawyer and I’m no expert in this process, I’m just sharing how we’re doing it.
Last time I wrote about this (in Applying for Italian citizenship – part 4), my husband and I had just been to the Italian Consulate in London to make the application for our adopted son. The documents to register our marriage had been sent by the Consulate to the authorities in Italy, and the documents to register our daughter’s birth had been returned to us (because she’s over 18 and therefore has to visit the Consulate in person and pay 300 euros rather than registering for free by post). This is what happened next.
Our daughter made an account with the Consulate’s ‘Prenota online‘ system so that she could book an appointment to go there and apply to the Citizenship Office in person. Appointments are released online at 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and you have to be very determined and organised in order to get one. The first few times that she tried to book, the appointments were all gone within seconds of becoming available. Eventually she managed to book a slot for three months’ ahead. It meant a trip to London from university during term time, but she was very relieved to have finally got an appointment.
She was worried about going to the appointment on her own (‘What if they ask me stuff in Italian?’), and so my husband took a day off work to go to the Citizenship Office with her.
On the day of the appointment my husband and our daughter set off for London bright and early. They queued up outside the Consulate. Once inside, my husband was told that he’d have to wait outside the building while our daughter went alone to the Citizenship Office, because she’s an adult.
Although she’d been worried about the appointment, she says that it was actually fine. She presented her form and documents and was asked some details about her Sicilian grandparents. Everything was in order and when it was time to pay the 300 euro fee, my husband was allowed back inside the building so that he could make the payment by debit card.
The Consular official told my daughter that she’ll definitely get Italian citizenship, but it will probably take two years because of a backlog in London. Apparently she will eventually receive an email telling her that she’s an Italian citizen.
The documents to register our son’s adoption have been sent by the notary from the Italian Consulate in London to a local Court in Sicily. The notary says that she’ll let us know when she has confirmation that the adoption has been registered in Italy. Once this happens, our son will be an Italian citizen.
I’m still waiting for our marriage to be registered with the authorities in Sicily. Once that’s happened, I can apply for Italian citizenship by marriage. I understand that this application is a long and bureaucratic process which is likely to take at least two years.
What happens next?
Here are the next instalments:
The previous parts of this story are here: