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How to apply for citizenship if you fulfil the requirements stated in law no.124 of 8 march 2006 (recognition of Italian citizenship for nationals of Istria, Fiume, and Dalmatia and their descendants)

Law no.124 of 8 March 2006 provides for recognition of Italian citizenship to Italian nationals resident in Istria, Fiume and Dalmatia between 1940 and 1947 when those territories were given to the Yugoslavia by the Treaties of Paris of 10 February 1947. This allows individuals who were Italian citizens residing in those territories at the time of their cession to reacquire their Italian citizen status.

Claims must be submitted to this Consulate if you are a resident of this jurisdiction, or to your Italian Comune, and must include the following documentation:

  • your birth certificate, preferably in an international format;
  • a certificate that confirms your current foreign citizenship;
  • a certificate that confirms your current residency;
  • a certificate, or other official document, which states that, on or before 10 June 1940, you were a resident of one of the territories that were handed over to the former Yugoslav Socialist Federal Republic;
  • an official document that shows the claimant was an Italian citizen on 15 September 1947- the date the Paris Peace Treaty came into effect – or other equivalent certification (such as a passport, army or armed forces certificate etc.);
  • a letter from a local Italian association, club or community center stating the claimant’s effective membership, language, and/or any other useful requisite that can testify to their knowledge of the Italian language;
  • any other official document that can vouch for the claimant’s knowledge of the Italian language and culture (e.g. a copy of their attendance records at an Italian-speaking school, school report cards, etc.).

Children or direct descendants of the above former nationals who intend to apply for recognition of Italian citizenship (pursuant to art.17-bis, par. 1, lett. b), must submit the following documentation:

  • a certification that shows that your parents, or other direct ancestors, were in possession of the requirements in the above points 4,5,6 and 7;
  • your birth certificate, confirming your relationship with an eligible parent(s) or direct ancestor(s);
  • an official certification that proves your current citizenship;
  • a letter from a local Italian association, club or community center in the country of residence stating the claimant’s effective membership, language, and/or any other useful requisite that can testify to their knowledge of the Italian language;
  • any other official document that can vouch for the applicant’s knowledge of the Italian language and culture;

Law no.124 of 8 March 2006 also provides for recognition of Italian citizenship to Italian nationals who, until 1977, were resident of the former Free Territory of Trieste (Area B) when the territory was given to the Yugoslav Republic by the Treaty of Osimo, signed on 10 November 1975. This allows individuals, who were Italian citizens residing in that territory at the time of their cession, to reacquire their Italian citizen status.

Claims must be submitted to this Consulate if you are a resident of this jurisdiction, or to your Italian Comune, and must include the following documentation:

  • your birth certificate, preferably in an international format;
  • a certificate that confirms your current foreign citizenship;
  • a certificate that confirms your current residency;
  • a certificate, or other official document, that states you were a resident of this territory on or before 3 April 1977, when the Treaty of Osimo came into effect;
  • an official document that shows the claimant was an Italian citizen on 3 April 1977, or other equivalent certification (such as a passport, army or armed forces certificate etc.);
  • a letter from a local Italian association, club or community center in the country of residence stating the claimant’s effective membership, language, and/or any other official document that can testify to their knowledge of the Italian language;
  • any other official document that can vouch for the claimant’s knowledge of the Italian language and culture (e.g. a copy of their attendance records at an Italian-speaking school, school report cards, etc.) as specified in art. 3 of the Treaty of Osimo.

Children or direct descendants of the above former nationals who intend to apply for recognition of Italian citizenship (pursuant to art.17-bis, par. 1, lett. b), must submit the following documentation:

  • a certification that shows that your parents’ or other direct ancestors satisfy the requirements in points 4,5,6 and 7;
  • your birth certificate, confirming your relationship with eligible parent(s) or direct ancestor(s);
  • an official certification that proves your current citizenship;
  • a letter from a local Italian association, club or community center in the country of residence stating the claimant’s effective membership, language, and/or any other official document that can testify to their knowledge of the Italian language;
  • any other official document that can vouch for the applicant’s knowledge of the Italian language and culture.

Applications will be evaluated by an inter-ministerial Commission appointed by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, which considers and ultimately determines whether to recognize Italian citizenship.