- The newly approved Legislative Decree No. 69/2013 contains an article that simplifies the procedures for acquiring citizenship for children born in Italy of immigrant parents.
Integration Minister Cécile Kyenge strongly pushed for the inclusion of Article 33 which specifically removes the obstacles that prevented many children born here from applying for citizenship.
Under the Decree which already entered into force on 22nd June 2013, children born in Italy of immigrant parents will not be denied a chance of applying for citizenship when they turn 18 because of failures of parents or public administration to carry out certain tasks.
They’ll also be allowed to use several other documents to prove that they have been residing legally and uninterruptedly in the country from birth up to the legal age, should it happen that they were not registered as residents.
At times parents fail to register their children at the Office of the Registrar at their City Council of residence, or they do so late.
Previously children born here were required to submit the historical certificate of residence to prove they had been residing legally and uninterruptedly in the country from birth up to the legal age. Now, in case the historical certificate of residence can’t prove that the children had been living here legally since they were born, they’ll be able to use educational certificates, vaccination certificates or any other medical certificates.
It will therefore be impossible to deny such children citizenship simply because they were not registered as residents.
The Decree also requires the Office of the Registrar at the children’s City Council of residence to notify them when they turn 18 that they can apply for citizenship within their 19th birthday.
Should they fail to do so, the children will be entitled to apply for citizenship even after turning 19 years old. The Decree basically makes it a responsibility of the City Councils to inform the second generation immigrants of their right to apply for citizenship.
By Elvio Pasca