Dual Italian Citizenship
European Passport for U.S. Citizens of Italian descent
As a Dually qualified Citizenship Lawyer in New York, I receive many inquiries by American citizens of Italian ancestry that wish to obtain Italian American Dual Citizenship.
Jus Sanguinis Italy
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, anyone of Italian descent can claim his or her citizenship. It will be considered citizenship at birth, and no pledge of allegiance will be required. The process consists in claiming the right of Italian citizenship.
One crucial step of the process is the documents procurement. Also, when there are discrepancies in the documents, a One and the Same Court Order is often required by Italian Consulates.
Getting all your ancestors’ records is something that you might be able to do on your own. In that case, you can find all the instructions on the Italian Consulate’s website. We are a law firm and we charge legal fees
Dual Citizenship Italy USA
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. This is only available through a judicial action in Italy.
CASE #5: Your grandfather was born in the U.S., your paternal great grandfather was an Italian citizen at the time of his birth, and neither you nor your father 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.
To find out whether you qualify or not for Dual Italian Citizenship, it is often necessary to conduct a comprehensive Genealogy Search.
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.
Does US allow Dual Citizenship?
U.S. law does not formally recognize dual citizenship, but it does not prohibit it either. According to the U.S. State Department website, federal law “does not mention dual nationality or require a person to choose one citizenship or another.”
Does Italy allow Dual Citizenship?
After 1992 Italy allows dual citizenship with the United States. As long as you can prove your Italian ancestry, you can become an Italian citizen. Italy does not require you to renounce other citizenships when you claim your Italian citizenship.
Therefore, Italian Citizenship for Americans can be lawfully pursued.
After obtaining Dual Italian Citizenship, it is possible to get 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 a Dual Citizenship Lawyer today to find out if you qualify for Italian Citizenship.