Born in Ukraine, lived in Italy for 22 years: unable to obtain citizenship due to an incredible bug on the Viminale web platform

Born in Ukraine, lived in Italy for 22 years: unable to obtain citizenship due to an incredible bug on the Viminale web platform
Born in Ukraine, lived in Italy for 22 years: unable to obtain citizenship due to an incredible bug on the Viminale web platform

“In my country, citizens are registered with their name, surname and patronymic” explains Mrs. Skirdova to ilfattoquotidiano.it. When issuing a passport, however, Ukraine does not indicate the patronymic. As a result, “all my documents Italian identities produced by the Ministry of the Interior do not contain the patronymic, because by law they have to rewrite the data in the passport”. However, when he applied for Italian citizenship through the web platform of the Ministry of the Interior, he had to enter the patronymic as a middle name , while he couldn’t insert it in the forms of the other documents because they don’t report it, and this blocked everything

Lydia Skirdova is a female Ukrainian resident for 22 years in Italy, where she also got married. For three years she has been asking for the citizenship Italian by naturalization without success, for an incurable bureaucratic short circuit of our Ministry of the Interior linked to yours platform request website. “In Ukraine at birth citizens are registered with name, surname and patronymici.e. the identifier of the person’s paternity relationship” explains Mrs. Skirdova a ilfattoquotidiano.it. However, when issuing a passport, Ukraine does not indicate the patronymic as a middle name, next to the personal name, completely omitting this personal data. As a result “all my documents of identity products produced by the Italian Ministry of the Interior through the registry offices and the Police headquarters – clarifies Lidiya Skirdova – they do not contain the patronymic, because by law they have to rewrite the personal data present in the passport”. However, when Lidiya Skirdova applied for Italian citizenship via the web platform of the Ministry of the Interior, she had to insert the patronymic as a middle name, when completing the form linked to his birth certificate – where the patronymic is indicated – while he was unable to insert it in the forms of the others documents (passport, identity card etc…) because they don’t report it. “This produced an anomaly in my application – explains Skirdova a ilfattoquotidiano.it – and from there it all stopped”.

Although the fact is trivial, described by the lady herself in the notes, at the time of to analyze his request for Italian citizenship in fact the Prefecture of Pistoia was adamant: either the lady had the patronymic put on her passport or identity card, or according to the Ministry of the Interior it was not the same person as the certificate of birth. “I was assisted by six lawyers, they wrote to the Prefecture but nothing to do. So I went to theUkrainian Embassy who wrote to me on a document that the birth certificate and passport identify the same person, that is me. But nothing to do anyway and this story has been going on for three years” declares Skirdova, now exasperated. The Prefecture of Pistoia, most recently with a note dated November 2022, remains on the point, ignoring the document of the Ukrainian embassy. He maintains that the circular of the Ministry of the Interior n. 462 of 2019 and that the Lady he should have his patronymic reported in his Italian identity card as a “middle name”, thus making himself identical to whom he describes his Ukrainian birth certificate. But no registrar can do what the Prefecture asks, because he must only transcribe what is indicated in the passport. And in Ukraine, the passports do not bear the patronymic, as clarified by the country’s embassy itself of Zelensky.

According to the latest data made public by Keep them in mind in Italy there are 121,457 new citizenships granted to foreign citizens, 69.9% of which for naturalization. Italian citizenship is therefore acquired seven times out of ten at the request of those who are married to a citizen Italian or has lived continuously in the country for more than ten years. However, it is not enough to possess these two requirements to obtain Italian citizenship. A request must be submitted to the Ministry of the Interior which by law enjoys ample discretion in deciding whether to grant it or not. This discretion, however, linked to reasons of public order and strengthened by a sentence of the Council of State, has become capable of you hesitate paradoxical, like that of Lidiya Skirdova, after the introduction of the ministerial web platform for requests. In fact, the foreign citizen who wants to apply to the Ministry of the Interior for Italian citizenship by naturalization is required to access it with SPID or THERE IS and from there to enter your identification data (name, surname, date and birth place etc.) contained in five different documents, despite i authentication systems SPID and CIE are born precisely to avoid al citizen to repeat the same personal data in the forms of the Public administration. The repetition of the same identification data in five different documents – birth certificate, Italian identity card, passport, residence permit and criminal record from the country of origin – presents a fundamental problem. Just a little difference between these, such as a trivial dash posted by a registry officer to divide first and middle name just as the passport of the citizen indicates them as one after the other (“Anna-Maria” instead of “Anna Maria” for example), to be rejected the request of citizenship. The same happens with the names of places of birth, where applications reporting the same municipality but indicated in the birth certificate with an accent and in the Italian identity card with an apostrophe (“Mbacké” for example compared to “ Mbacke'”).

This discretion of the Ministry of the Interiorresting in these cases on the algorithmic rigidity of its web platform for collecting applications from Italian citizenship by naturalization, it produces the refusal of about 10% of requests. In numbers, in 2020 alone the same Keep them in mind censuses 12,478. And those where the same embassies of the countries are multiplying foreigners they feel their acts denied legitimacy by ours Prefectures. As happened in the Ukrainian embassy in the case of Lidiya Skirdova.

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