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Dual Italian Citizenship

European Passport for U.S. Citizens of Italian descent

As a Dually qualified Italian Attorney in New York, I receive many inquiries by American citizens of Italian ancestry that wish to obtain Italian American Dual Citizenship.

Italian citizenship law is based on the jus sanguinis principle (citizenship by blood), and anyone with an Italian ancestor can claim Italian citizenship.

Under the jus sanguinis principle, any person of Italian descent can claim his or her citizenship, and it will be considered citizenship at birth. The process consists in claiming the right of Italian citizenship.

One crucial step of the process is the documents procurement.

Italian citizenship can be claimed in different cases; below you can find the most common:

CASE #1: Your father was an Italian citizen at the time of your birth and you never renounced your right to Italian citizenship.

CASE #2: Your mother was an Italian citizen at the time of your birth, you were born after January 1st, 1948 and you never renounced your right to Italian citizenship.

CASE #3: Your father was born in the U.S., your paternal grandfather was an Italian citizen at the time of his birth, and neither you nor your father ever renounced your right to Italian citizenship.

CASE #4: Your father was born in the U.S. after January 1st, 1948, your paternal grandmother was an Italian citizen at the time of his birth, and neither you nor your father ever renounced your right to Italian citizenship.

CASE #5: Your mother was born in the U.S., your maternal grandfather was an Italian citizen at the time of her birth, you were born after January 1st, 1948, and neither you nor your mother ever renounced your right to Italian citizenship.

CASE #6: Your mother was born in the U.S. after January 1st, 1948, your maternal grandmother was an Italian citizen at the time of her birth, and neither you nor your mother ever renounced your right to Italian citizenship.

Please note that prior to the year 1992, ALL Italian citizens that naturalized as U.S. Citizens AUTOMATICALLY lost their Italian Citizenship, and no formal renunciation was required.

People that qualify for citizenship jus sanguinis, have a great advantage over those that do not have Italian descents, and have to go through the naturalization process. Italian law states that a foreigner must live in Italy for 10 years, and meet many other requirements in order to naturalize as an Italian citizen.

U.S. law does not formally recognize dual citizenship, but it does not prohibit it either; after 1992, Italy allows dual citizenship with the United States. Therefore, Italian Citizenship for Americans is completely legal to have.

Getting Dual Italian Citizenship means being able to enjoy the advantages of obtaining an Italian Passport. An Italian passport holder can enjoy the advantages of travelling, working, and retiring in Italy as well as any State of the European Union without all the complicated bureaucracy that would be otherwise required to an American citizen.

Even if you do not qualify for Italian Citizenship, you may be eligible for an Italian Visa.

Contact my office today for more information about Dual citizenship for Americans