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Citizenship granted to minors as a result of adoption

A foreign minor adopted by an Italian citizen acquires Italian citizenship by decision of the Italian Judicial Authority or, in the case of an adoption decided abroad, by decision of the foreign Authority made effective in Italy by an order (issued by the Juvenile Court) for registration in the civil Registry.

If the adoptee is of age, he/she may acquire Italian citizenship by naturalization after 5 years of legal residence in Italy following the adoption.