In 2017 I decided to apply for Italian citizenship for myself and for our children. I was able to do this because my husband was born in London but his parents are from Sicily, and therefore he’s both British and Italian. This means that our kids and I, all of us British and born in England, are, in theory entitled to Italian citizenship.
However, the process of actually obtaining Italian citizenship is very complicated, takes years, and is different for each of us. I’m applying for Italian citizenship through marriage, our daughter’s application is through birth and our son’s is through adoption. We submitted our applications in 2018 and 2019 and we’re still waiting for citizenship as I write this at the end of 2020. As it’s so convoluted, I decided to share our experience of the process here, in case it’s helpful to others going through the same thing*.
Here are the posts which I’ve published so far about how to apply for Italian citizenship:
Why I decided to apply for Italian citizenship (spoiler alert – it was Brexit).
How to get original birth certificates, adoption orders and marriage certificates from the UK General Register Office.
How to get an apostille for your birth certificates, adoption orders and marriage certificates from the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office Legalisation Office.
When to update details on the online register of Italian citizens living abroad (known as AIRE).
How to legalise a UK Adoption Order and Adoption Certificate.
How to get UK marriage certificates, birth certificates, adoption orders and adoption certificates translated from English into Italian by an approved translator.
How to register a marriage with the Italian Consulate in London.
How to register a birth with the Italian Consulate in London.
How to register an adoption with the Italian Consulate in London.
What it’s like to visit the Italian Consulate in London.
How the process for applying for Italian citizenship through birth is different once you’re over 18.
How to book an appointment at the London Italian Consulate using the Prenota online system.
What it’s like to go to the Citizenship Office at the Italian Consulate in London to register your birth if you’re over 18.
How to get confirmation from Italy that a marriage is registered at the local comune.
The introduction of the Italian language exam requirement for citizenship by marriage.
How to prepare for the Italian language exam for Italian citizenship.
What it’s like to take the language exam for Italian citizenship.
How to apply for a UK Criminal Records Certificate (a ‘Police certificate for immigration purposes’) from the Criminal Records Office.
How to get a UK Criminal Records Certificate legalised and translated.
How to get a detailed receipt for the Italian citizenship application fee.
How to create a single PDF file for multiple documents.
How to create a PEC secure email address.
How to get an Italian tax code.
To be continued……
Over to you
Do let me know if you have any comments about these posts. Many people have been contacting me about what we’re doing, and it’s really interesting to hear about different experiences. Good luck to anyone else who’s going through the process!
For up to date requirements from the Italian authorities, go to the Italian Consulate website.
* Please be clear that I’m not a lawyer and I have no prior experience of any of this, so don’t rely on me if you’re making your own application!