What are the advantages of being Italian?


The new law reforming citizenship law came into force on January 1, 2002. With the amendment of the Aliens Act, the naturalization procedure was also made easier. The most important changes for Italians are as follows:

Children born in Germany to foreign parents
All children of foreign parents who are born in Germany after January 1st, 2000 are automatically given German citizenship if at least one parent is present
- has been permanently based in Germany for 8 years and
- the residence permit or has had an unlimited residence permit for at least 3 years.
If the child has another nationality, it must choose a nationality when it reaches the age of majority and at the latest when it is 23 years old. If they do not make a declaration, they automatically lose their German citizenship.

Applying for German citizenship
On the basis of a bilateral agreement between Italy and Germany, Art. 87, Paragraph 3 of the German law on the reform of citizenship law has been in effect since December 22, 2002, now § 12 of the Nationality Act (StAG) (last amended by the Immigration Act on January 1, 2005 came into force and ultimately through Article 6 No. 9 of the law of March 14, 2005, Federal Law Gazette I p. 721), according to which citizens of the European Union can acquire German citizenship while retaining their original citizenship, in compliance with the principle of reciprocity. Therefore, a German can keep his German citizenship when acquiring Italian citizenship.

An Italian citizen acquires German citizenship while retaining Italian under the following conditions:
The subject:
- must have been legally resident in Germany for 8 years;
- must admit to respecting the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany;
- must not engage in activities contrary to constitutional principles;
- must be able to support himself and his dependent family members without using benefits according to the second or twelfth book of the social security code;
- must not have been convicted of a criminal offense (with the exception of minor offenses);
- must have sufficient knowledge of the German language.

The German law also provides that German citizenship can also be granted to family members of the Italian citizen who wants to acquire German citizenship in addition to the above-mentioned requirements, in particular:
- The foreigner's spouse and minor children can also be naturalized in accordance with Section 10 (1) StAG, even if they have not been lawfully resident in Germany for eight years.
The basic requirement for obtaining German citizenship is sufficient knowledge of the German language. This knowledge is checked by the responsible German authorities. You have to apply for German citizenship at the competent German authorities (in most cities it is the immigration office). They check whether the above conditions are met and provide further information and information. Naturalization is subject to a fee.