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New requirements for Italian citizenship application by marriage



New requirements for Italian citizenship application by marriage

The D.L. 4 October 2018, n.113, converted to law  on 1 December 2018, n.132, introduced changes to the law of February 5, 1992, n.91 regarding citizenship. In particular, the granting of Italian citizenship pursuant to article 5 (citizenship by marriage) and 9 (special cases) is subject to possession of an adequate knowledge of Italian, not lower than level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for knowledge of languages ​​(CEFR).

The assessment of this requirement must be carried out through the acquisition of:

- A qualification awarded by a public or equivalent educational institution; or

- A certification issued by a certifying body

At present the following can be considered certifying bodies:

- the University for Foreigners of Siena

- the University for Foreigners of Perugia

- the Roma Tre University

- the Dante Alighieri Society.

To obtain this certification in South Africa and for assistance to learn Italian you can contact the Dante Alighieri Society Committees in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Pietermaritzburg or contact the Italian Institute of Culture in Pretoria.

You can check your knowledge of the Italian Language:

Other news that should be noted is that the procedural deadline for naturalization applications has been increased to 48 months from the date of application presentation.