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New regulation relating to the acquisition of Italian citizenship based on marriage to an Italian citizen.

Date:

01/09/2019


New regulation relating to the acquisition of Italian citizenship based on marriage to an Italian citizen.

Law n. 132 (December 1, 2018) introduced some news concerning citizenship in particular regarding the linguistic requirement. The new law (in force since 4 December 2018) introduced the art. 9.1 to the law of 5 February 1992, n. 91.
This provision provides, as a condition for the recognition of citizenship pursuant to arts. 5 ("Citizenship through Marriage or Same-Sex Union") and 9 of the aforementioned law, possession of an adequate knowledge of Italian, not less than level B1.
The assessment of this requirement must be carried out through the acquisition of:
- qualification awarded by an Italian public or equivalent Italian educational institution; or
- certification issued by a certifying body.
Certification bodies, belonging to the CLIQ unified certification system (Certificazione Lingua Italiana di Qualita'), are:
- Universita' per stranieri di Siena
- Universita' per stranieri di Perugia
- Universita' Roma Tre
- Societa' Dante Alighieri
Certifications of a level not inferior to B1 issued by the aforesaid entities (eventually in collaboration with the local Italian Cultural Institutes) may be considered valid.


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