Date: 2006 – Istria, Fiume, and Dalmatia

Law no. 124 of 8 March 2006, provides for recognition of Italian citizenship for Italian nationals resident in Istria, Fiume and Dalmatia from 1940 to 1947, whose property was confiscated and ceded to the Yugoslav Republic by the Treaties of Paris of 10 February 1947 and Osimo of 10 November 1975, and their descendents.

Claims must be submitted to the Italian diplomatic-consular authorities if the claimant resides abroad, or to the municipal authorities of their Italian city of residence, along with the following
documentation.

Persons subject to article19 of the Paris Peace Treaty, so as to prove the existence of the requirements stated in art. 17 bis, par. 1, lett. a) of Law no. 91/92, must attach the following documentation to their claims:

  • a) birth certificate, international if possible;
  • b) certificate verifying foreign citizenship;
  • c) certificate verifying current residence;
  • d) certificate or other documentation proving residence before 10 June 1940 in the territories ceded to the former Yugoslav Socialist Federal Republic;
  • e) proof that the claimant was an Italian citizen on 15 September 1947- the date the Paris Peace Treaty took effect – or other equally valid documentation such as certificate of military service, passport, etc.;
  • f) written confirmation from any Italian clubs, associations or communities located in the foreign country of residence proving claimant’s membership, usual language used and any other element proving his/her knowledge of the Italian language;
  • g) any other documentation proving the claimant’s knowledge of the Italian language (e.g. copy of certificate of attendance of Italian-speaking schools, report cards, etc. ).

Children or direct descendents of persons subject to art. 19 of the Paris Peace Treaty, intending to avail themselves of art.17-bis, par. 1, lett. b), must attach the following documentation to their claims for recognition of Italian citizenship:

  • Certification or other documentation from which it results that claimant’s parent(s) or direct ancestor(s) were in possession of the requirements stated in points d-e-f-g above;;
  • Certificate of birth confirming the claimant’s relationship with parent(s) or direct ancestor(s);
  • Certificate proving claimant’s foreign citizenship;
  • Written confirmation from any Italian association or community in the claimant’s foreign country of residence proving the claimant’s knowledge of the Italia language and culture;
  • Any other documentation proving the claimant’s knowledge of the Italian language and culture.

Persons subject to the provisions of art. 3 of the Treaty of Osimo, former residents of Area B of the former Free Territory of Trieste, intending to avail themselves of art.17-bis, par. 1 lett. a), must attach the following documentation to the claims for recognition of Italian citizenship:

  • a) Birth certificate, international if possible;
  • b) Certificate verifying foreign citizenship;
  • c) Certificate verifying current residence;
  • d) Proof that the claimant was an Italian citizen on 3 April 1977- the date the Osimo Peace Treaty took effect;
  • e) Written confirmation from any Italian clubs, associations or communities located in the foreign country of residence proving claimant’s membership, usual language used and any other element proving his/her knowledge of the Italian language;
  • f) Any documentation proving that the claimant belonged to an ethnic Italian group as specified in art. 3.

Children or direct descendents of persons subject to art.3 of the Osimo Treaty intending to avail themselves of art.17-bis, par. 1, lett. b), must attach the following documentation to their claims for recognition of Italian citizenship:

  • Certification or other documentation from which it results that claimant’s parent(s) or direct ancestor(s) were in possession of the requirements stated in points d-e-f- above;
  • Certificate of birth confirming the claimant’s relationship with parent(s) or direct ancestor(s);
  • Certificate proving foreign citizenship;
  • Written confirmation from eventual Italian associations or communities in the claimant’s foreign country of residence proving the claimant’s knowledge of the Italian language and culture;
  • Any other documentation proving the claimant’s knowledge of the Italian language and culture.

An inter-ministerial commission set up at the Ministry of the Interior decides whether to issue clearance for recognition of citizenship.

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