Italian Dual Citizenship

Congratulations on deciding to begin the process of applying for Italian Dual Citizenship! This is the only place where you will find FREE tools to help you determine whether you qualify or not, detailed information on the requirements for Italian citizenship based on the current law and guidance on the necessary documentation that needs to be gathered. You will also be able to read about the experience that some of our customers, who went through the whole process, kindly shared with us. So, let's get started!

 

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A person with dual citizenship is a citizen of two countries at the same time. While the United States allows dual citizenship without necessarily promoting it, not all countries do. Fortunately, Italy, along with Australia, Canada, UK, Ireland and a few others allow dual nationality without any restrictions. 

There are several ways to obtain dual citizenship with Italy: 

1. Through Ancestry, i.e. jure sanguinis (by right of blood)

2. Through Marriage

3. Legally residing in Italy for a certain number of years

But why would somebody go through this lengthy and expensive process? There are obviously numerous advantages to having a dual passport:

- Residing in Italy without the need of a long-stay visa, quite desirable if you are planning to retire there

- Attending school at the local tuition rate

- Working in Italy or in any European Union country without the need of applying for a work permit

- Minor children automatically become Italian citizens when you apply

- Reconnecting to your Italian Roots by immersing in the culture of your Ancestors and learning the Italian  language (NOTE: Speaking the Italian language is not a requirement to apply for Italian Dual Citizenship jure sanguinis)

Having said that, if you are thinking of applying for Italian Dual Citizenship, you need to be aware that you will be bound by the laws of both Italy and the US. Fortunately, Italy does not have mandatory military service anymore. 

For issues regarding double taxation, Italy and the US have income tax treaties to avoid just that. More HERE. However, because tax laws are complicated and can change often, you should consult with a qualified tax accountant.  

If you are a US national, Italy does not require citizenship to own a property there.  Also in this case, it is advisable you seek professional help, if you are planning to purchase a home in Italy. 

Finally, it is always best to learn the pros and cons before pursuing your dream of becoming an Italian Dual Citizen. Remember, once you choose to move forward, whether you are just getting started, or need help getting to the finish line, sign up for a TELEPHONE CONSULTATION  with us, and we can answer your questions and get you started right away! 

Qualification Requirements: your father or mother(*) was born in Italy, was an Italian citizen at the time of your birth, and neither you nor your parent have ever renounced Italian citizenship.   

(*) Additional Requirements: if you are using your mother, you must be born ON or AFTER January 1, 1948.

Documentation Needed: if eligible, you must obtain the following documents (newly issued in long form, certified, apostilled and translated to Italian):

  • Your father's birth record
  • Your mother's birth record
  • Your parents' marriage record 
  • The applicable parent’s record of naturalization, or proof that he/she never naturalized
  • Death record for the parent through whom you are seeking citizenship
  • Your birth record
  • Your marriage record
  • Divorce decrees for you and/or your parents (if applicable)
  • Records of additional marriages for you and/or your parent through whom you are seeking citizenship (if applicable)

In addition, you will have to provide a copy of your passport, driver's license and one utility bill to confirm your actual residence AND you will have to fill out up to four (4) application forms, stating that neither you nor your ascendants ever renounced Italian citizenship before any Italian authority, listing all the places of residence:

Form 1 – Application of Italian Citizenship
Form 2 – Application of Italian Citizenship 
Form 3 – Application of Italian Citizenship (for any living ascendants)
Form 4 – Application of Italian Citizenship (for ALL deceased ascendants)
AIRE Form - Census for All Italian Citizens Residing Abroad
NOTE: You don’t need to have these forms notarized with the exception of Form 3. 

All US vital records must be issued in "LONG FORM" and have to be in "CERTIFED COPY". You must request the Vital Statistics Authority to state the CITY OF BIRTH, listing only the "County" of birth will not be accepted.

If you qualify through one of your Italy-born parents, we can assist you with your application from Start-to-Finish or by choosing from our "à la Carte" menu. Get Started Now!

Qualification Requirements: Your father or mother was born in the US or a country other than Italy, his or her parent (your grandparent) was born in Italy and was an Italian citizen at the time of your parent’s birth (*), and neither you nor your parent ever renounced Italian citizenship.

(*) Additional requirements: If you are using your father's mother, your father must be born ON or AFTER January 1, 1948. If you are using your mother's mother, your mother must be born ON or AFTER January 1, 1948. 

Documentation Needed: if eligible, you must obtain the following documents (newly issued in long form, certified, apostilled and translated to Italian):

  • Your grandfather's birth record
  • Your grandmother's birth record
  • Your grandparents' marriage record
  • The applicable grandparent’s record of naturalization, or proof that he/she never naturalized
  • Death certificate for the grandparent through whom you are seeking citizenship
  • Your father's birth record
  • Your mother's birth record
  • Your parents' marriage record
  • Death certificate for the parent in your direct line of eligibility
  • Your birth record
  • Your marriage record
  • Divorce decrees for you and/or your parents and/or your grandparents (if applicable)
  • Records of additional marriages for you and/or the parent and/or the grandparent through whom you are seeking citizenship  (if applicable)

In addition, you will have to provide a copy of your passport, driver's license and one utility bill to confirm your actual residence AND you will have to fill out up to four (4) application forms, stating that neither you nor your ascendants ever renounced Italian citizenship before any Italian authority, listing all the places of residence:

Form 1 – Application of Italian Citizenship
Form 2 – Application of Italian Citizenship 
Form 3 – Application of Italian Citizenship (for any living ascendants)
Form 4 – Application of Italian Citizenship (for ALL deceased ascendants)
AIRE Form - Census for All Italian Citizens Residing Abroad
NOTE: You don’t need to have these forms notarized with the exception of Form 3. 

All US vital records must be issued in "LONG FORM" and have to be in "CERTIFED COPY". You must request the Vital Statistics Authority to state the CITY OF BIRTH, listing only the "County" of birth will not be accepted.

If you qualify through one of your Italy-born grandparents, we can assist you with your application from Start-to-Finish or by choosing from our "à la Carte" menu. Get Started Now!

Qualification Requirements: Your grandfather or grandmother was born in the United States or a country other than Italy, his or her parent (your great-grandparent) was born in Italy and was an Italian citizen at the time of your grandparent’s birth (*), and neither you, your parent, nor your grandparent ever renounced Italian citizenship.

(*) Additional Requirements: if you are using your Italy-born Female Ancestor, you have to make sure the next in line was born ON or AFTER January 1, 1948.

Documentation Needed: if eligible, you must obtain the following documents (newly issued in long form, certified, apostilled and translated to Italian):

  • Your great-grandfather's birth record
  • Your great-grandmother's birth record
  • Your great-grandparents' marriage record
  • The applicable great-grandparent’s record of naturalization, or proof that he/she never naturalized
  • Death certificate for the great-grandparent through whom you are seeking citizenship
  • Your grandfather's birth record
  • Your grandmother's birth record
  • Your grandparents' marriage record
  • Death certificate for the grandparent through whom you are seeking citizenship
  • Your father's birth record
  • Your mother's birth record
  • Your parents' marriage record
  • Death certificate for the parent through whom you are seeking citizenship
  • Your birth record
  • Your marriage record
  • Divorce decrees for your you, and/or your parents, and/or your grandparents, and/or your great-grandparents (if applicable)
  • Records of additional marriages for you, and/or your parent, and/or your grandparent, and/or your great-grandparent through whom you are seeking citizenship  (if applicable)

In addition, you will have to provide a copy of your passport, driver's license and one utility bill to confirm your actual residence AND you will have to fill out up to four (4) application forms, stating that neither you nor your ascendants ever renounced Italian citizenship before any Italian authority, listing all the places of residence:

Form 1 – Application of Italian Citizenship
Form 2 – Application of Italian Citizenship 
Form 3 – Application of Italian Citizenship (for any living ascendants)
Form 4 – Application of Italian Citizenship (for ALL deceased ascendants)
AIRE Form - Census for All Italian Citizens Residing Abroad
NOTE: You don’t need to have these forms notarized with the exception of Form 3. 

All US vital records must be issued in "LONG FORM" and have to be in "CERTIFED COPY". You must request the Vital Statistics Authority to state the CITY OF BIRTH, listing only the "County" of birth will not be accepted.

If you qualify through one of your Italy-born great-grandparents, we can assist you with your application from Start-to-Finish or by choosing from our "à la Carte" menu. Get Started Now!

 

Qualification Requirements: Your great-grandfather or great-grandmother was born in the United States or a country other than Italy, his or her parent (your great-great-grandparent) was born in Italy and was an Italian citizen at the time of your grandparent’s birth(*), and neither you, your parent, your grandparent, nor your great-grandparent ever renounced Italian citizenship.

(*) Additional Requirements: if you are using your Italy-born Female Ancestor, you have to make sure the next in line was born ON or AFTER January 1, 1948.

Documentation Needed: if eligible, you must obtain the following documents (newly issued in long form, certified, apostilled and translated to Italian):

  • Your great-great-grandfather's birth record
  • Your great-great-grandmother's birth record
  • Your great-great-grandparents' marriage record
  • The applicable great-great-grandparent’s record of naturalization, or proof that he/she never naturalized
  • Death certificate for the great-great-grandparent through whom you are seeking citizenship
  • Your great-grandfather's birth record
  • Your great-grandmother's birth record
  • Your great-grandparents' marriage record
  • Death certificate for the great-grandparent through whom you are seeking citizenship
  • Your grandfather's birth record
  • Your grandmother's birth record
  • Your grandparents' marriage record
  • Death certificate for the grandparent through whom you are seeking citizenship
  • Your father's birth record
  • Your mother's birth record
  • Your parents' marriage record
  • Death certificate for the parent through whom you are seeking citizenship 
  • Your birth record
  • Your marriage record
  • Divorce decrees for you and/or your parents, and/or your grandparents, and/or your great-grandparents, and/or your great-great-grandparents (if applicable)
  • Records of additional marriages for you/the parent/grandparent/great – grandparent/great-great-grandparent through whom you are seeking citizenship  (if applicable)

In addition, you will have to provide a copy of your passport, driver's license and one utility bill to confirm your actual residence AND you will have to fill out up to four (4) application forms, stating that neither you nor your ascendants ever renounced Italian citizenship before any Italian authority, listing all the places of residence:

Form 1 – Application of Italian Citizenship
Form 2 – Application of Italian Citizenship 
Form 3 – Application of Italian Citizenship (for any living ascendants)
Form 4 – Application of Italian Citizenship (for ALL deceased ascendants)
AIRE Form - Census for All Italian Citizens Residing Abroad
NOTE: You don’t need to have these forms notarized with the exception of Form 3. 

All US vital records must be issued in "LONG FORM" and have to be in "CERTIFED COPY". You must request the Vital Statistics Authority to state the CITY OF BIRTH, listing only the "County" of birth will not be accepted.

If you qualify through one of your Italy-born great great grandparents, we can assist you with your application from Start-to-Finish or by choosing from our "à la Carte" menu. Get Started Now!

The 1948 Rule

If you are applying for Italian Dual Citizenship through the "female" line, you may fall in the category of those born to an Italian female ancestor before 1948. For example: your mother's father was born in Italy; he did not become a naturalized US citizen before her birth which fulfills one of the qualification requirements, but because you were born before 1948, you do not qualify. Another common example:  you are starting with your grandmother’s father, then if your father (or mother) was born before 1948, you do not qualify. There is a way to overcome this and successfully apply. 

The problem all began with the 1912 Italian Citizenship Law (No. 555) granting Italian citizenship jure sanguinis stating that women could hold but not pass citizenship to their children.  However, in 1948 when Italy became a Republic, the newly written Constitution did allow for women to pass on citizenship but only to children born AFTER January 1, 1948.

Several years ago, the Italian Supreme Court held that this provision is contrary to the Constitutional principles, particularly to the principle of equality between men and women (Judgement No. 4466/2009). Thus, also children who are born before 1948 to an Italian mother may file a motion to appeal the "1948 Rule" and obtain, if all other qualification requirements are met, Italian citizenship.

NOTE: Even though the Italian Supreme Court ruled against the 1948 Rule, the Italian government has not yet chosen to modify or amend the current law. US Italian Consulates and other Italian Consulates outside of Italy strictly adhere to the current 1948 Rule and will probably continue to do so until the law is amended. Thus, if you fall into this category, the legal action to be filed at the Court House in Rome is your only way to obtain citizenship.

Additional Resources are available HERE

Several Consulates located in the United States have announced an upgraded booking system for their services and will offer Visa, Passport, and Citizenship appointments.  While you may be familiar with the former ‘Prenota OnLine,’ this new portal has proven to be more versatile, user friendly, and secure.  Listed below are the locations which have already adopted this new booking system:

·         Italian Consulate General of New York

·         Italian Consulate General of Philadelphia

·         Italian Consulate General of Detroit

·         Italian Consulate General of Los Angeles

·         Italian Consulate General of Miami

·         Italian Consulate General of Boston

·         Italian Consulate General of San Francisco

·         Italian Embassy in Washington D.C.

If you are worried that your upcoming appointment might be canceled or deleted, rest easy knowing that “The new portal will progressively replace the current Prenota OnLine portal, which will remain active until the appointments already set are exhauted,” according to the ministry’s announcement.  Thus, your booked appointment will be honored.  NOTE: In New York specifically, bookings created in June and July will be honored, but starting August 1, all new appointments must be created with the new system.

A foreign woman who married an Italian citizen before April 27, 1983 automatically acquired Italian citizenship. (Law n. 555/1912 granted Italian citizenship by marriage to women only). Law n.91 of February 5, 1992 states that the male or female (foreign or stateless) spouse of an Italian citizen may apply for Italian citizenship after he/she has legally resided in Italy for at least six months, or after three years from the date of marriage if he/she resides abroad.

There are two procedures depending on the sex of the applicant and the marriage date:

1. FOR WOMEN MARRIED TO ITALIAN MEN BEFORE APRIL 27, 1983

This case follows a simplified procedure and requires only the following:

  • APPLICATION, with a copy of the passport and driver’s license
  • BIRTH CERTIFICATE of the applicant. If the applicant was born in the United States this must be a  “certified copy” (“long form” or “full form”) with an Apostille from the Secretary of State of the State where it was issued + Translation to Italian 
  • Affidavit of no divorce/separation

You can only apply with the Italian Consulate that has jurisdiction over the State where you reside. 

NOTE: As of July 8th, 2014 all applications for the recognition of the Italian citizenship Jure Sanguinis (by descent) and Jure Matrimonii (in case of foreign national whose husband is an Italian citizen married prior to April 27, 1983) are subject to the PAYMENT OF A € 300 FEE (Law n. 66 April 24th, 2014 and modifications Law n. 89 June 23rd, 2014 art. 5-bis, comma 1). The application fee is NON REFUNDABLE, regardless of the outcome of the petition.

Having trouble making an appointment with your Italian Consulate? You may find this ARTICLE helpful!

Fast-Track Applications are a great way to acquire your Italian Dual Citizenship; cut the wait time in half and enjoy living in Italy while your application is processed at the Italian municipality. 

What is Fast-Track?

There is an alternative way of applying for your Italian Dual Citizenship directly in Italy rather than at one of the Italian Consulates in the country where you are currently a resident.  For example, if you are faced with a long wait time for your appointment at your US Consulate, you can travel to Italy and apply in person.  Of course, there are several rules and procedures that apply to allow this “Fast Track Application” process to work in your favor.

You are about to embark on the journey to Italian Dual Citizenship, but before getting started you are wondering about the costs involved. Wise thinking!

The cost varies based on how many generations exist between you and your Italian ancestor who emigrated to your country.  For instance, these are the costs that you will likely incur:

1. You will need your Italian ancestor’s birth, marriage and death certificates, as applicable.

2. A certified copy of your Italian Ancestor's Naturalization papers or, in case he or she was never naturalized, you will need to perform some additional research in the Census Records and with the National Archives.

3. New official and certified copies of birth, marriage divorce and death records of all your ancestors in your lineage from your native/current country, including your own.  These are usually ordered from your State or Province vital statistic offices.

4. You will need to have your State or Province provide you with an International Apostille or legalization for each document.

5. These non-Italian documents (with the exception of the Naturalization documents and Apostilles) will need to be translated to Italian.

6. The Italian Consulate where you will officially apply for citizenship will charge you an application fee. As of July 8th, 2014, all applications for the recognition of the Italian citizenship Jure Sanguinis (by descent) and Jure Matrimonii (for foreign national whose husband is an Italian citizen married prior to April 27, 1983) are subject to the PAYMENT OF A € 300 FEE (approx  $340)  Anyone over the age of 18, asking to be recognized as an Italian citizen, is subject to pay the consular fee. The fee is subject to change depending on the exchange rate. The application fee is NON-REFUNDABLE, regardless of the outcome of the petition.

7. Eventually, when you receive your citizenship, you will incur fees to order your Italian Passport, which is approximately $145 for five years.

Finally the cost differs GREATLY if you do it yourself (with some help), versus hiring a company or a law firm that will do it for you.

To learn if you qualify or for more information, visit our ITALIAN DUAL CITIZENSHIP Section

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The length of time it takes to reach a goal should always be compared to a similar process. With that in mind, do you know how long it takes to obtain US citizenship for a foreigner? It's an average of about four to thirteen years or longer. So when you ask yourself the question: how long does the process of obtaining Italian Dual Citizenship jure sanguinis (by right of blood) take? The answer is WAY LESS than thirteen years, in fact, in most cases, less than four.

Let's analyze the process step by step:

1. Gathering Italian vital records to prove your Ancestor(s) was indeed born in Italy and if applicable, married there - An average of two (2) months.

2. Gathering of US Naturalization Records or proof of No-Naturalization which also includes certified copies of US Census records - An average of three (3) months.

3. Gathering of all US Vital records, issued in the correct format, with certification - The range is extremely wide based on where the request is sent, i.e. state level, township level, and of course which state and which township, but overall it can take an average of six (6) months. If US Vital records need to be amended to correct name or date errors, tack on another two (2) months.

4. Gathering the Apostilles or legalization of all US Vital Records (which sometime also includes Naturalization Records) - An average of one (1) month or less.

5. Translating all the US documents to Italian (depending on the translator) - An average of one (1) month or less.

Of course some steps may be taken at the same time: for instance since Apostilles do not need to be translated to Italian, you can start the translation of your US vital records to Italian while they are out for Apostille. 

So overall, the process of gathering documents is about six to twelve months, if you take into consideration that some documents may need to be amended.

There are many of you out there who were born in Italy, came to this country and naturalized before August 16, 1992, the date Italy allowed for Dual Citizenship. If that is the case, it means that you renounced your Italian Citizenship when you became a US citizen.  But fear not, because there is a way to regain it, although it involves you going back to Italy and reside there for some time. 

The requirements to apply for the Reacquisition of your Italian citizenship are:

- Having been an Italian citizen in the past. 
- Having the foreign naturalization duly registered on your Italian birth record. 
- Establishing your residency in Italy for a certain period (up to one year).

Please note that the process consists of two (2) main STEPS:

1) Official Declaration of Intention to reacquire Italian citizenship to be filed at the Italian Consulate in your country of residency (i.e. here in the US - Preferred) OR at the Italian Town Hall where you will be establishing residency. 

2) Residency registration in Italy and submission of the application to reacquire Italian citizenship at the local Italian Town Hall.

What if your parents were born in Italy, migrated to the US, and lost their Italian Citizenship before your birth? You would think you did not qualify for Italian Dual Citizenship because they had already renounced their Italian citizenship (by becoming US Citizens) by the time of your birth, and you were born before August 16, 1992. While this is correct, there is a positive loophole. 

Pursuant to art. 14, the Italian Citizenship Law No. 91/1992 reads “Minor children of people who acquire or re-acquire Italian Citizenship, if cohabiting with them, acquire Italian Citizenship as well; once they become adults (i.e., 18 years and older), they can renounce it, if in possession of another citizenship”. 

So, if your parents learned about this opportunity and applied to re-acquire their Italian Citizenship while you were still a minor, you may be in luck. But only if the following conditions are met:

- You were 17 or younger at the time of their re-acquisition,

- You were cohabiting with your parent(s) who re-gained the Italian Citizenship,

- You were already in possession of the citizenship of another country (US citizenship by birth), and when you became an adult, you did not officially renounce your Italian Citizenship.

What’s next? Determine where your parent or parents went through the process of regaining their Italian Citizenship; was it at the Italian Consulate that had jurisdiction over the State where they resided here in the US or was it in Italy? If it was here in the US, contact this Italian Consulate to see if your parents registered your birth at the time. If they did you are an Italian Dual Citizen, and you can apply for a passport.  If not, you will have to make an appointment to formally apply for citizenship. 

For more information, SCHEDULE A TELEPHONE CONSULTATION with us!

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Dual citizenship (also known as dual nationality) is allowed in the UK. This means you can be a British citizen and also a citizen of other countries.

British citizens over 18 born in the UK to Italian nationals registered with the Italian Consulate

Applicants over 18 years old born in the UK to Italian nationals registered with the AIRE office and with an Italian passport issued before 05.02.1992, whose birth certificate has never been registered in Italy, need to produce the following:

• An application form DULY COMPLETED AND UNSIGNED. The application must be signed in front of the officer during the appointment at the Consulate.

• Full birth certificate, Apostilled by the “The Legalisation Office” (Norfolk House (West) 437 Silbury Boulevard - Milton Keynes MK9 2AH - Tel. 037 00 00 22 44 - Fax: 01908295122 E-mail: [email protected]  Web-site: www.fco.gov.uk/legalisation) and translated into Italian.

• Proof of address (utility bill, bank statement etc)

• Current passport and a photocopy of it

• Consular fees of € 300,000 (at the amount in GBP based on the current exchange rate - cash or British debit card only) to be paid at the cashier's desk of the Consulate General. Payment information will be provided on the day of the appointment.

For more information, to download an application, or to make an appointment, please visit: http://www.conslondra.esteri.it/Consolato_Londra/Menu/I_Servizi/Per_i_ci...

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December 05, 2021
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Having an Ancestor who was born in Italy is not the only eligibility requirement for Italian Dual Citizenship: you have to make sure your Italian born Ancestor did not become a U.S. citizen before the birth of his/her son or daughter here in the United States. NOTE: if your Italian Ancestor took the oath before July 1, 1912, his or her descendants are not eligible.

November 15, 2021
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For those of you who are lost in translation (!), AIRE may sound a little complicated; it is not. It stands for “Anagrafe Italiani Residenti all’Estero” or Registry of Italian Citizens residing Abroad.

Who needs to register with AIRE? 

1. All Italian citizens who are relocating abroad for more than 12 months.

2. Italian citizens who already reside abroad, either because they were born abroad, or because they have acquired Italian citizenship for multiple reasons, e.g., by right of blood, by marriage, etc.

October 25, 2021
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This is an interesting question that has multiple answers based on your residency and your Italian family lineage.

September 16, 2021
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This is a great question; the rising number of applicants and the delays caused by the Pandemic are part of the reason why appointments for Italian Citizenship by Descent are so difficult to find. In addition, many of you who have already submitted your application, may still be waiting for a response from the Italian Consulate after two years.

July 25, 2021
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There are several reasons as to why having Italian citizenship is worthwhile the investment: 

It allows you to live, work and study not just in Italy, but in all the other 26 countries that are part of the European Union, including Spain, Germany, France, and Ireland, without the need of an extended visa. Plus, an Italian passport promises uncomplicated travel to 190 other countries and this year it was ranked the 4th most powerful passport in the world. 

June 16, 2021
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Several Consulates located in the United States have announced an upgraded booking system for their services and will offer Visa, Passport, and Citizenship appointments.  While you may be familiar with the former ‘Prenota OnLine,’ this new portal has proven to be more versatile, user friendly, and secure.  Listed below are the locations which have already adopted this new booking system:

·         Italian Consulate General of New York

June 13, 2021
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Scenario: What if your Italian born “female” ancestor married her Italian born husband and became a US citizen concurrently with her husband before Sept 22, 1922? 

April 25, 2021
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What if your parents were born in Italy, migrated to the US, and lost their Italian Citizenship before your birth? You would think you did not qualify for Italian Dual Citizenship because they had already renounced their Italian citizenship (by becoming US Citizens) by the time of your birth, and you were born before August 16, 1992. While this is correct, there is a positive loophole. 

March 09, 2021
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We always talk about the time it takes to find an appointment with the Italian Consulate where you will be applying; on average if you book an appointment today, it will be two years out. This is great because it will give you plenty of time to put together your document portfolio; making sure it is complete and with the least number of discrepancies.

February 06, 2021
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In partnership with the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America (OSDIA), last February 10 we had a live conversation about Italian Dual Citizenship & Genealogy.  

With OSDIA's Mark DeNunzio and Miles Fisher, we discussed qualification requirements and common roadblocks that make this journey to Italian Citizenship so much fun (!) & also provided tips to help you with the research of your Italian Roots. 

November 18, 2020
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If you are starting the journey to Italian Dual Citizenship, you are faced with a big decision to make: who should I hire to take me to the “Finish” Line? This is a great question; if you are too busy you can use a service company that specializes in Italian citizenship, but you should look for a Company that has a “physical” and “legal” presence in both the U.S. AND Italy. Here is why:

October 25, 2020
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There are many of you out there who were born in Italy, came to this country and naturalized before August 16, 1992, the date Italy allowed for Dual Citizenship. If that is the case, it means that you renounced your Italian Citizenship when you became a US citizen.  But fear not, because there is a way to regain it, although it involves you going back to Italy and reside there for some time. 

The requirements to apply for the Reacquisition of your Italian citizenship are:

August 02, 2020
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If you are starting your journey to become an Italian Dual Citizen, the first thing you need to do is “verify” that you qualify through your family lineage. How? By researching the Naturalization Records of your Italy-born Ancestor.

PLEASE NOTE: Immigrants did not become US citizens just by arriving here in the US; often the date of arrival is confused with the date of naturalization. 

June 29, 2020
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When applying for Italian Dual Citizenship or researching your Family History, the starting point is the official Italian birth record of that first Italian born Ancestor who migrated to the US. We must remember that all family documents in Italy are only maintained in the exact town where the person was born. Surprisingly, many Italian Americans today often do not know the exact town of their Father or Grandfather or Great Grandfather.  The good news is that there are several US records that may shed some light on the town of birth of the Ancestor(s) who left Italy.

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