n November 27, 2018 the Chamber of Deputies approved the Salvini Decree. 396 members were favourable, 99 contrary.
The conversion law no. 132/2018 came into force Dec 4, 2018.
The Salvini Decree brought several changes in the Italian citizenship law n. 91 of 1992, as:
- to acquire citizenship through marriage or residence in Italy it is necessary to have an adequate knowledge of the Italian language level B1 (art. 9.1), certified by a public or equivalent school which has been approved by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research
- The fee for citizenship by marriage or residence in Italy increased to 250 euros (art. 9-bis)
- Proceedings for granting citizenship by marriage or by residence in Italy may now last 48 months (see art. 9-ter) and this applies to current proceedings (art. 10-bis, par. 2)
- Citizenship awarded because of marriage or residence in Italy might be revoked by the Italian State in case the person commits some crimes listed by the provision (art. 10-bis)
- To get birth and marriage documents from the Italian city halls the waiting time may be up to 6 months (art. 10-bis, par. 2-bis)
There is much concern especially for the language requirements. A circular of the Ministry of the Interior is expected to clear how this provision is will be applied.
Read the Official Journal Gazzetta ufficiale n. 281 del 3.12.2018 – excerpt