You may apply for citizenship in Italy by residency with these easy steps.
Filipinos are scattered around the globe. In every country that you might explore, there is a big chance that you’ll encounter a Filipino. Many are staying overseas for work, and some have acquired residency and citizenship permits. A lot of nations have opened their doors to other races in terms of being a naturalized citizen through a few options.
Italy is one of the gracious countries that finally paved its way in giving opportunities to foreigners. Their government approved Article 9 of the Republican Act No. 91/98. This law gives a chance for other nationalities that lived there for years to apply for citizenship, provided that they have the following qualifications:
- Europeans who have lived in Italy for 4 years or more.
- Non-Europeans who have resided in Italy for at least 10 years.
- People who are from stateless countries should have lived in Italy for at least 5 years.
Aside from this great opportunity, they also made the steps of application easy. Last May 18, 2015, the Italian government launched an online application on the Ministry of Interior website. Filipino applicants must fill up the form and submit the scanned copy of the requirements such as:
- Permesso di soggiorno
- Authenticated birth certificate with legalized translation attached
- Authenticated NBI clearance with legalized translation
- Payment receipt
- Serial number of the e-stamp worth 16 euros
- Certificate of compensation
Once the decreto di cittadinanza has been received, you will be notified within 90 days if your application is approved. You are then given 6 months to report in the Municiple for your oath taking to the Republic. If you fail to report, you would have to re-apply after 6 months. The whole process can take up to 2 years upon submission of your documents.
If you prefer to process it manually, your documents must be submitted and will be assessed by the Perfecture. After the initial screening, it will be forwarded to the Ministry of Interior. For more information, you may visit: