he Salvini Decree has the go-ahead from the Senate (one of the two houses of the Italian Parliament). The Senate voted for converting the decree into law on November 7, 2018. However, some changes were made to the initial text of the decree. Here are the changes:
- (new) To acquire citizenship through marriage or residence in Italy it is necessary to have an adequate knowledge of the Italian language
- (new) To get birth and marriage documents from the Italian city halls the waiting time may be up to 6 months
- The rule of 48 months for citizenship jure sanguinis involving events prior to 1948 has been deleted
The deletion of the 48 month provision for citizenship jure sanguinis is a good thing. The 6 month waiting time for documents from Italian city halls constitutes a new issue that hopefully will be resolved by Parliament with a cancellation of this new provision.
The definitive text of the Salvini Decree will be the one eventually approved by the Chamber of Deputies. We await the approval of this law by December 4 to find out what are the final legislative changes regarding Italian citizenship.