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Citizenship

 

Citizenship


VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL CITIZENSHIP APPLICANTS "BY DESCENT" ABOVE THE AGE OF 18

AS OF JULY 8, 2014 THERE WILL BE AN APPLICATION FEE OF 300.00 EUROS, PAYABLE IN US DOLLARS BY POSTAL OR BANK MONEY ORDER ONLY MADE TO CONSULATE GENERAL OF ITALY - HOUSTON. THE CURRENT AMOUNT IS $333.90.

THE FEE WILL HAVE TO BE PAID AT THE TIME OF YOUR APPOINTMENT WITH THE CITIZENSHIP DEPARTMENT.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE APPLICATION FEE IS NON REFUNDABLE, REGARDLESS OF THE OUTCOME OF THE PETITION.

GENERAL INFORMATION

All applications must be submitted in person at the Consulate General.

 
The links below contain all the instructions necessary to apply for Italian citizenship.

The Citizenship Department receives the public BY APPOINTMENT ONLY (NO WALK-INS). The applicant must schedule an appointment online through this website: go to the homepage and choose book online.


We are CLOSED on Wednesday.

 
The general framework governing Italian citizenship is Law 91 of 5 February 1992 as implemented by DPR 572 of 12/10/1993 and DPR 362 of 04/18/1994, and Law n. 94 of 5 July 2009, which, unlike the previous law, re-evaluates the importance of individual desire in the gain or loss of citizenship and acknowledges the right to hold citizenship in more than one country, except in the case of the various provisions of international agreements.

 


Generally speaking, the Italian law now in force allows to hold another citizenship in addition to the Italian one. The statutes on citizenship concern:


- Those who were born Italian citizens but lost their citizenship and now wish to reacquire it;


- descendants of Italian citizens who are eligible for and wish to have their Italian citizenship recognized;


- foreigners who intend to acquire Italian nationality (married with an Italian  citizen for at least 3 years);


The above cases are governed by different articles of the law.


As a general rule, the Law recognizes the possibility to acquire the Italian citizenship to individuals born from a father of Italian citizenship (or from a father who had not yet lost or renounced the Italian citizenship when such individual was born). After the entry into force of the Constitution of 1948, the same criteria apply to those born after January 1, 1948 from a mother of Italian citizenship.

Important Information for All Applicants

 

If you have a family member who had the italian citizenship already granted by THIS Consulate General and you live in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas or Oklahoma and you are interested in applying, please contact the Citizenship Office.


Please,  do not ask for an update on the status of your application: if any relevant fact concerning your application should become evident, you will be notified as soon as your turn comes. There is therefore no need to check on the application.
However, do inform us in writing if your contact details (address, telephone etc.) have changed.
Thank you for your cooperation.

freccetta By Marriage
freccetta By Descent
freccetta To Reacquire Italian Citizenship
freccetta To Renounce Italian Citizenship

freccetta TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT 


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