I’ve got a few Italian citizenship updates to share with you.
As of today, there is a new website to check on the status of your citizenship applications.
If you had checked your website the past few weeks, there was a notification that they were updating the website and details. This was due to a nationwide system over-hall to make government websites more secure and up-to-date, part of the national digitization project.
If you are a resident in Italy and already a SPID, you can login with the SPID credentials as before. For all those with applications who reside abroad and do not have a SPID, you will need to create a new account, as your previous details have not migrated. With the new account, you will need to link your application with your new details. To do this, once you log in, visit Associa Pratica.
New Law regarding citizenship via marriage (Jure Matrimonii aka JM) over the past few months.
Back in October 2018, the then Ministero dell’Interno Matteo Salvini made some significant changes to the JM application, known as the Salvini Reform. A B1 language requirement was added and the wait-time for citizenship increased from 2 years to 4 years. While the B1 language requirement did not apply to applications submitted prior to the reform, all pending applications (including mine) were under the new wait-time.
There has been a lot of discussion to changing this reform and finally in December 2020, the government voted to accept a new law that changed the wait time back to 2 years (with a possibility of extension to 3 years). However, this new law is not retroactive, so only new applications submitted after 20 December 2020 can enjoy a shortened wait time. All other pending applications (including mine), are subjected to the 4 year wait time under the Salvini Reform.
Many have asked why the Salvini Reform wait times were retroactive while this new law is not and the website Cittadinanza Italiana explains it well. It’s in Italian and you can read more about it there, but I will summarize it for you here. Basically, it’s down to legal nuance. A reform to a law can be applied retroactively to all applications that fall under that law, while a new law has power only on applications submitted when that new law has been put into effect. Sadly, for all of us that are still waiting, this new law does not have any effect on our pending applications.
Update on my citizenship application
Over the years, my post about applying for Italian citizenship has received a lot of comments from others who are going through the same process and we’ve all been keeping track of each other’s applications and helping each other with questions and answers. It’s been a lot of fun over the years to read about everyone’s experiences.
To give you a recap of my application process:
In December 2016, I submitted my application online. In October 2017, I had an appointment to submit the original paperwork at the Italian Consulate in London. I moved to Venice in November 2017 and the London consulate transferred my application to the Prefettura di Venezia which oversaw my application. In February 2020, I changed my residency from Venice to Naples and my application was transferred to the Prefettura di Napoli.
From October 2017 to September 2020, there was no change to the status of my citizenship. I checked almost daily and it was always at the first stage. Finally at the end of September, the status was updated to stage 5 — La procedura relativa alla pratica in questione è conclusa ed il relativo provvedimento è stato inviato agli Organi competenti per i conseguenti adempimenti e determinazioni. Meaning that my citizenship application has been approved and is now waiting for a signature. Wow-wee!!!
I continue to check every day and it hasn’t changed in these past four months, but it feels close. Anyway, my four year wait time is coming up this year, so it should happen at some point soon and I can wait. One of the ways that living in Italy has changed me is that I am a lot more patient.
If you’d like more info on the details of the application process and what I submitted (I was not required to submit a B1 language certificate), you can read that post here.
Good luck to everyone with their citizenship process!