Children's Carnival for Rights, Ius Soli and Citizenship in Naples' Rione Sanita. February 9, 2018 | Photo: ANSA / CIRO FUSCO
Children's Carnival for Rights, Ius Soli and Citizenship in Naples' Rione Sanita. February 9, 2018 | Photo: ANSA / CIRO FUSCO

The Italian government has activated three telephone numbers for foreigners that have submitted a request for Italian citizenship and want information on the status of their procedure.

The Italian interior ministry on October 21 activated three telephone numbers for people who have filed a request for Italian citizenship and want information on what point their file has reached in the procedure.

The numbers can be reached between 10 am and 12 pm. They are:

  • 06/46539955 on Monday and Wednesday
  • 334/6909996 on Wednesday
  • 334/6909859 on Friday

*If you are calling from outside Italy, add the prefix (+39) at the beginning.

Timeline for citizenship

According to the Integrazione Migranti website of the Italian interior ministry and Law 91/1992 on citizenship regulations, requests can take up to 48 months to process from the date they are filed.

The new decree law on immigration (DL 130/2020), currently being converted into law by the parliament, has lowered this to 36 months for citizenship requests filed starting from the date that the law being converted comes into force.

2019 figures

According to the latest figures from the national statistics institute ISTAT, there were 127,000 people who were granted Italian citizenship in 2019 compared to 103,000 in the previous year.

Nine out of ten of the ''new Italians'' in 2019 were from outside the EU.

Among the non-EU nationals, the Albanian, Moroccan, and Brazilian communities were the largest. However, those that experienced the largest increase compared with the previous year were the Macedonian, Pakistani, and Ecuadorian communities.

 

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