Get dual Italian Citizenship Jure Sanguinis
Your roots are Italian and you are looking to become a citizen. This is the right page to check on your eligibly, order Italian Records and consult our offer to help you fully to succeed in this journey. We operate both in the US and in Italy if you need to apply there or in court (1948 cases). Experts on lead.
You are eligible if you fall under ONE of the categories below:
- Your father was an Italian citizen at the time of your birth.
- Your mother was an Italian citizen at the time of your birth and your ascendant was born after January 1, 1948.
- Your paternal grandfather was an Italian citizen at the time of your father’s birth.
- Your maternal grandfather was an Italian citizen at the time of your mother’s birth and you were born after January 1, 1948.
- Your paternal or maternal great-grandfather was an Italian citizen and was an Italian citizen at the time of your grandparent’s birth.
- Your Italian ancestor was alive on or after March 17th, 1861 (the date of Italy’s unification).
- Your Italian ancestor did not naturalize (become a citizen of the US or elsewhere) before July 1st, 1912. Italian ancestors who naturalized before July 1st, 1912 cannot transmit citizenship (Law n. 555 of June 13th, 1912).
- Your Italian ancestor did not naturalize prior to the birth of his/her descendant or any of the ascendants in the direct line through which you are eligible.
- No one in your direct line has renounced their Italian citizenship.
What is the first step? FIND OUT when and if your Italy-born Ancestor ever became a citizen of the US or another foreign country. Before 1992 there was no such thing as “dual citizenship”; if your ancestor became a naturalized US (or another country) citizen, he would have literally “renounced his Italian citizenship” > it can be reacquired if still alive. Click here
If he or she did it BEFORE the birth of the son or daughter here in the US (or another country) then you do not qualify because the Italian citizenship was “interrupted”.
If your Italy-born Ancestor naturalized prior to July 1st, 1912, you do not qualify for Italian citizenship, even if his or her child was born before this individual naturalized. Prior to this date, when a native-born Italian naturalized in another country, he gave up not only his own Italian citizenship but also that of all of his minor children, regardless of where they were born. This is the law and there is no way around it.
If your Italy-born Ancestor migrated abroad as a “minor” you most likely won’t qualify for Italian Dual Citizenship. Until 1976, the age of the majority in Italy was 21. Minors who emigrated would naturalize concurrently with their parents. If your ancestor was still a minor when his or her parent naturalized, it is likely that he or she also was naturalized at the same time. You will need to provide proof/appropriate documentation if this individual was naturalized at a later date.
If your Italian ancestor was born in the following localities Veneto, Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, or Trentino Alto Adige, in order to apply for Italian citizenship, you must prove that he or she left Italy after July 16th, 1920.
If you are applying through your maternal line, you need to know that the current law granting Italian citizenship jure sanguinis states that women could hold but not pass citizenship to children born before January 1, 1948, the date Italy became a Republic. You may file a motion to appeal the “1948 Rule” through the courts and obtain, if eligible, Italian citizenship. (Click here for info)