There are three main paths to dual Italian citizenship for those who want to move to “the old country.” Find out what they are and whether you qualify for them below.
Italian-Americans are notoriously proud of their heritage.
However, for some Italoamericani, pride in their Italian ancestry is insufficient. Many people wish to return to their homeland and become Italian citizens.
Italy began allowing dual citizenship in 1992. Becoming an Italian no longer requires you to give up your identity or legal status as an American.
Of course, not every American with Italian ancestors is eligible for dual citizenship. Determining whether you meet the requirements can be complicated and daunting. However, free eligibility assessment services such as Italian Dual Citizenship. It can assist Americans in determining whether they are eligible to claim it. While there are several ways to obtain an Italian passport, the most common path follows one of three paths.
By descent, you have Italian citizenship (Jure Sanguinis)
The first, and most popular among Italian-Americans, is claiming the right to Italian citizenship through descent. This path to becoming an Italian is based on the legal principle of jure sanguinis (Latin for “right of blood”). It is all about proving that you inherited the right to citizenship from your ancestors. The key to obtaining citizenship this way is being able to obtain the necessary legal documents to demonstrate that you meet the requirements.
You’ll need to be able to document the dates and locations of your Italian ancestors’ births, marriages, and deaths.
You’d need to collect and translate a lot of documents, si this can quickly become a time-consuming process. Besides, the requirement of being certified as “long-form” copies with an affixed “apostille” that verifies their authenticity can make it even harder. Many prospective Italians can and do handle this onerous task on their own. Italian Citizenship Assistance can however assist in cutting through the red tape. If the prospect of tracking down multiple generations’ worth of paperwork is too daunting, there is also a “Full-Service Package” that handles the process from beginning to end.
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