Since January 2024 Italy is discussing changes to how people can get dual citizenship by descent. This means that it may become harder to prove you’re connected enough to Italy to become a citizen. For all descendants a pivotal requirement is the demonstration of proficiency in the Italian language at the B1 level. And if you’re further removed than that, you might also need to live in Italy for a year. But what does this mean for current applications?

Applications with Court Judgments:

Applications that have been processed in the Italian courts and concluded with a judgment will remain unaffected. This stability is a testament to the legal principle that respects the finality of judicial decisions.

Pending Applications:

For applications currently under review until a court issues a decision, the Italian Civil Code provides a safeguard: laws apply to the future, not the past. Specifically, Article 11 of the Preliminary Provisions of the Italian Civil Code clarifies that laws are not retroactive. This means that new laws generally do not impact actions or applications that occurred before the law was enacted. This principle ensures fairness and stability, protecting ongoing applications from being affected by newly passed laws, thereby offering a measure of security during uncertain times.

However, if new legislation is passed without transitional measures to specifically protect ongoing applications, the result of an application can still be uncertain.Therefore, it is highly recommended to consult with a knowledgeable attorney who can ensure that your application remains unaffected by any changes in the law, securing your rights and ensuring adherence to current legal standards.

Future Applicants:

Those who are yet to initiate their journey towards Italian dual citizenship may face the full brunt of the new requirements, should the law be enacted as proposed. The specific impact, however, hinges on the legislative process’s outcome and whether transitional provisions are put in place for ongoing applications.

Final Thoughts

The idea of these changes might seem worrying, especially if you’re planning to apply for Italian dual citizenship. But it’s important to remember that these changes are still just being talked about. Nothing is set in stone yet.

Having an attorney to guide you through this process can be really helpful. They can keep you updated on any changes and help you understand what the best steps are for your situation.

Applying for dual citizenship in Italy is a big deal, and it’s understandable to want everything to go smoothly. Staying informed and getting good advice are key to making sure you’re on the right track, no matter what changes come along.

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