ANNOUNCEMENT 15 Jul 2009In July 2009, the government of Italy announced a change for the labour market access of foreign workers.
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Documents of the Deputees Chamber: http://www.camera.it/522?tema=72&Cittadinanza+e+integrazione+degli+stranieri
On 15 July, 2009, the Italian government approved a decree on public safety including various legislative amendments (from penal and civil codes to traffic laws).The decree also deals with aspects of immigration. It introduces more restrictive requirements to which a foreign national must comply in order to acquire the Italian citizenship.
After the marriage with an Italian national, a foreign citizen can apply for the acquisition of the Italian nationality if:
i) he/she had been living in Italy for the two years prior the marriage (six months were enough under the previous law);
ii) he/she has been living in Italy for at least three years after the marriage (the previous legislation also required a three year time span from the marriage, but it did not require the spouse to reside in the country during that time).
The above mentionned requirements are halved in presence of a natural or adopted child.
Since Italian citizenship confers the right to work within the EEA then changes in the citizenship requirements have economic implications for foreign workers currently based in Italy and for labour market conditions throughout the EEA.