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Know more about the Jure Sanguinis application.
In order to demonstrate that you have inherited a right to citizenship by descent, you must demonstrate that citizenship was transmitted from your Italian-born ascendant to you.
Italian citizenship was exclusive until 15 August 1992; therefore, the voluntary acquisition of any non-Italian citizenship meant the automatic renunciation of one’s Italian citizenship for people who were born with Italian citizenship. Children born to Italian citizens in the United States or other countries with jure soli, however, acquired their foreign citizenships involuntarily because of their birthplaces. Ergo, these children can claim Italian citizenship by descent if and only if they can prove that their Italian-born ascendant was an Italian citizen at the moment of their birth. Subsequently, they can pass citizenship onto their children, grandchildren, etc., barring a loss of citizenship somewhere along the line.
Italy has been a participant in the Strasbourg convention on the reduction of cases of multiple citizenships. Children born outside of Italy with the citizenship of a member country may not have been able to hold Italian citizenship by birth because of this convention. The convention has also extended the era when Italians could lose citizenship by naturalization in a foreign country to dates later than 14 August 1992, if the naturalization were in a participant country.
There were no Italian citizens prior to 17 March 1861, because Italy did not exist as a nation. Thus the oldest Italian ancestor in any jus sanguinis citizenship application must have been still alive on or after that date.
Any child born to an Italian citizen parent (or parent also with the right to Italian citizenship jus sanguinis) is ordinarily born an Italian citizen, with the following caveats: If the child was born before 15 August 1992, the Italian parent ordinarily must not have naturalized as a citizen of another country before the child’s birth.
Before you can find out if you qualify for Italian citizenship jure sanguinis, you should know:
• The birth dates of every relative in a direct line between you and your ancestor from Italy. It’s OK if you don’t have exact dates right now, but you should at least know the year.
• The date your ancestor from Italy became a naturalized citizen of your country.
Before you start the process of obtaining dual citizenship, you should also find out whether acquiring Italian citizenship will affect your current citizenship. This can be accomplished by checking with the nearest Italian authority and/or consulting the nationality laws of the country(ies) where you hold citizenship.
To qualify for citizenship through ancestry, the applicant and his/her ascendants must meet the following basic criteria:
- A child is born to an Italian citizen parent or a parent with the right to Italian citizenship “jure sanguinis”. Henceforth this parent will be known as the Italian parent.
- If the child was born before August 16, 1992, the Italian parent must not have taken another citizenship by naturalization at the time of the child’s birth.
- When using an Italian-born female ancestor or female intermediate ascendant, the child must have been born on or after January 1, 1948. This rule has been successfully challenged in court in Italy (click here for more information). However, in their capacity to grant Italian citizenship, municipal and consular officials are bound by this restriction.
- Ancestors naturalized before June 14, 1912, cannot transmit citizenship (even to children born before their naturalization). This rule is enforced at all consulates.
Important: The child must not have renounced Italian citizenship. Most commonly, renunciation occurred if the child naturalized as the citizen of another country voluntarily, as an adult, and prior to 15 August 1992.
All conditions above must be met by every person in a direct lineage. While there is no generational limit to claiming Italian citizenship through “jus sanguinis” the ancestor who immigrated from Italy must have died in the Italian Peninsula or abroad after March 17, 1861, according to Italian Ministry of Interior. Any person who died prior to that date was not a Citizen of Italy, because this was before the unification of Italy. Subsequently, that person had no ability to pass on Italian citizenship.
There is no generational limit, except in respect to the date of 17 March 1861.
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