Italian Citizenship by Descent: A Full Guide (2022)

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What are the Italian Citizenship Programs?
What is the best options for your Italian Citizenship Assistance?
And, what option do younow have for applying for Italian Citizenship by Descent?


Let’s see the rules and latest updates on Italian Citizenship Assistance Programs.

An Introduction to the Italian Citizenship Assistance Program.

Today’s article is dedicated to people interested inobtaining an Italian passport, and in particular Italian Citizenship by Descent programs.

When we talk aboutItalian Citizenship Assistance programs, let’s consider that there are several ways to obtain an ItalianPassport:

• Italian Citizenship by Descentthrough Italian Consulate or Comune
• Italian Citizenship Jure Sanguinisthrough Consulate or Comune
• Italian Citizenship through maternal line (underItalian Citizenship 1948 rule)
• Italian Citizenship by Marriage
• Italian Citizenship by naturalization

Today we want to tell you more about some main updates related to the Italian Citizenship Law, with a focus on Italian Citizenship by Descent, with the help of Marco Bersani, founder of the Bersani Law Firm & partners from Italy, specialized inItalian Citizenship Assistance.

Italian Citizenship by Descent: A Full Guide (2)Indeed, there are some important news affecting all Italian Citizenship programs, introduced because of COVID19 pandemic and for refreshing the Italian citizenship regulations, which have beenpretty untouched formany years. 


So let’s see how these updates will affect your Italian citizenship Jure Sanguinis application.

What doesItalian Citizenship by Descent entail?

“When We talk about Italian Citizenship by Descent” - says Marco – “ we are refering to one of the oldest italian citizenship programs, designed by the Government from 1865 (with generic references on the right to claim Italian Citizenship from italian ancestors) , then modified on 1912 and f

But, What exactly is theJure Sanguinis principle?

“Jure Sanguinisis a latin expression which means that you have the right to claim your italian Citizenship because of the fact you’re part of an Italian family bloodline.

So, if You have Italianancestors in your lineage(grandparents, great-grandparents, great-great-grandparents and so on), you may be eligible for applying onItalian Citizenship by descent.Of course, this doesn'tmeanthat you’re automatically eligible because of theselucky circumstances, but you dohave to meet several other requirements”.

And what are the requirements for being eligible?

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“Basically, the main thing to check is that the bloodline has never been interrupted. This can happen– in many cases – when an ancestor is naturalized in a foreign country (so he/she renouncedhis/her Italian Citizenship), and the same ancestors had a child after that naturalization. This means the child was born from a non-Italian ancestor andthere is no way to repair it, in most cases.

In other cases – common in US – during your ancestry research, You can find that it is awoman in the Italian family line, and If you look at the Italian Consulatestatements, it might even seemthat you are not considered eligible.


However, this is not trueas thesecases (they are called “1948 cases”) can be processed with no particular issue through an Italian Court.”

So, let’s assume I’m eligible and I need Italian citizenship assistance on a Jure sanguinis case: What options I have for starting my Italian Citizenship Application?

This is a common question when people look for requestingItalian Citizenship Assistance from us, in order to apply for Italian Citizenship by descent.

How can I obtain my Italian Citizenship through my ancestors?

“The “ordinary way” is to apply through the adminsitrative path: which means doing so atthe ItalianConsulate (if you are livingabroad) or Italian Comune (if you live in Italy).

This method can be quitefrustrating, mainly because of Italian Consulates which are not able to handle thousands of applications and/or they are not helpful on giving the right information.

For example, this year most of worldwide Consulates haltedItalian Citizenship applications because of Covid-19 pandemic – and this resulted on cancellations on all appointments already booked, and the impossibility to book new appointments. 


This meant thatmany applicantshad their rights violated. They have the right to claim their Citizenship, and they simply can’t. That’s why it has become so necessaryto ask for Italian Citizenship Assistance by qualified Italian Citizenship Lawyers, whoare the only ones who can handle your case in front of the court”.

So,in which situations I need to ask for Italian citizenship assistance on my case?

“Gettingassistance forItalian citizenship applications is always recommended, as each case is different, and readinginformationonline is certainly not enough – and not a true, legal advice. 
Furthermore, let’s consider exceptional circumstances from this year: COVID-19.
This year has complicated what was already a pretty difficultprevioussituation: consulates are closing and there is no way to book appointments.

So: you might even have to wait for years for just a consulate appointment(if you are able to book).

And in case you’ll be lucky enough to book an appointments, you may have to wait up to 2 Years for the final decision on yourItalian Citizenship ByDescentApplication.

As You can understand, there wasthe need of finding solutions to this issues.

Just few examples: now theItalian Consulate in L.A., in NYC, are both closed and havesuspended all appointments. It meansthere is no way to apply for Italian Citizenship by Descent.

And – as said before– this is a violationof the Applicant’s rights. 
We are assisting a lot of clients with these same issues

So how to proceed?&

The 1st thing to check is if the Italian consulate of reference (it depends on where the applicant is resident) is able - or not – to respect legal guarantees regarding maximum wait time for appointments and decision on the application,according by the Italian Citizenship Law.

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In case they will be able to respect the maximum legal wait time (2 years for the entire process), nothing can be done: you have to apply through the Consulate and wait.

But what if the Italian consulatehas await time of more than two years or that it isimpossible to book appointments? 


This option started to be a serious problem, especially now with the Covid19 pandemic affecting the entire world.

And this isactuallythe only and the best way to solve issues on Italian Citizenship by Descent applications if you fall under this exceptional circumstances.

As for the 1948 Cases, you can hire an Italian citizenship lawyer, and appeal the Italian Court.
This does not mean that you can always skip the consulate, but you can avoid it IF there are specific conditions.

In whichconditions doI have to apply through the court?

“Except for the case that you need to appeal the denial/unapproval on your case, there aresome common cases in which you need to apply through the court.

These are the Italian Citizenship through maternal line – aka Italian Citizenship 1948 cases.

If your case falls into this “Italian Citizenship 1948 Rule” (also known asItalian Citizenship Maternal Line before 1948),you will need to claim yourItalian citizenshipthrough Italian Court.

Yes, this means that you won’t have to think about applying through the Italian Consulate. Italian Consulate will never be involved.If You fall under the 1948 rule, you can apply only through the Italian court with an Italian citizenship attorney.


These types of applications are really particular, and they can be processed only throught the court because they are not formally recognized by the Law. 
These are so called “Case Law”, formed by Italian Courts, because Italian Law 91/92 didn’t (and still don’t) recognize the right to claim Italian Citizenship by descent when it is thewoman in the family line, and that female ancestor had her child before 1948s. 
This situation was declared discriminatory by several Italian Courts, but the Law was never fixed by the parliament. This iswhy you have to apply only through Italian courts.”

As you've probably already guessed,applying for Italian Citizenship by descent is not as easy as it may appear.

There are different issues involved that latest updatesand new case law are trying to solve. That’s why it’s always recommended to search for an Italian citizenship lawyer and haveassistanceforthe entire procedure.

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FAQs

Is it hard to get Italian citizenship by descent? ›

You can claim Italian citizenship through descent as Italy recognizes jure sanguinis (by the bloodline). However, you must prove that your Italian ancestor was, in fact, an Italian citizen or had the right to claim Italian citizenship when they were born.

How much Italian blood do you need for citizenship? ›

Italian citizenship is granted by birth through the paternal line, with no limit on the number of generations, or through the maternal line for individuals born after January 1, 1948. This is referred to as citizenship by descent, jus sanguinis.

How many generations back can you claim Italian citizenship? ›

Having an Italy-born Ancestor is one of the requirements but sadly not the only one; the good news is that there is no limit in the number of generations you can go back, as long as your Italian Ancestor migrated away AFTER Italy became a nation, on March 17, 1861.

How long does it take to get Italian citizenship through descent? ›

Keep in mind it is not unusual for processing to take between 6 months and 1 year but in spite of that, some applicants are fortunate enough to enjoy a process that takes only 1 to 6 months.

How much Italian do you have to be to be considered Italian? ›

Most nations apply jure sanguinis in their nationality laws to certain degrees. Italy is one of the countries where a person can easily be recognized as Italian citizens by having at least one Italian ancestor.

Do you need to speak Italian to get citizenship by descent? ›

- if you are applying for Italian Citizenship by descent, i.e. jure sanguinis you are not required to learn Italian simply because you already are an Italian citizen, you just have to prove it to the Italian Consulate if you reside abroad or to the local Town Hall in Italy.

What documents are needed for Italian citizenship by descent? ›

The following documentation is required:
  • birth certificate of your paternal grandfather (from Italy) and your father;
  • copies of the birth certificate of your paternal grandmother and mother;
  • marriage certificates of your paternal grandparents and parents;
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How do I know if I have Italian blood? ›

Talk to your blood relatives, they may know a lot more than you think. Try to find any family documents, such as birth certificates or immigration papers. If you're an American-Italian, the Ellis Island records might help. Try to find your ancestral hometown in Italy, many of the secrets of the past may be buried there.

Can I get Italian citizenship through my grandfather? ›

If your grandfather was born in Italy and was an Italian citizen when your parent was born, it's possible to apply for Italian citizenship through grandparents. However, you can only qualify in this way if your parent has not since renounced their right to Italian citizenship.

Can I get Italian citizenship if my great grandparents were born in Italy? ›

Italian citizenship by descent

There are no generational limits on claiming Italian citizenship. Thanks to this rule, Italian citizenship by descent is easier to obtain than many other European countries. In fact, many successful applications are made based on an Italian parent, grandparent or even a great-grandparent.

How far can Italian citizenship be removed? ›

There is really no limit of the number of generations, provided your ancestor was born in Italy and emigrated after Italy was unified as a country on March 17, 1861.

Do Italian dual citizens pay taxes in both countries? ›

Unlike the USA, Italy does NOT have laws in place to tax its citizens living abroad. Therefore, if you have both a US and an Italian passport, you can continue to fulfill your normal tax obligations in the US without any additional requirements from the Italian government.

What is the fastest way to get Italian citizenship? ›

Jure Sanguinis, also known as citizenship by descent (by blood), is one of the fastest and easiest ways to obtain Italian citizenship. There is no limit to the number of descendants who can claim Italian heritage under their paternal or maternal line. Furthermore, Italy does not have a generational limit when applying.

How do I get Italian citizenship in 2022? ›

The main ways to obtain citizenship in Italy in 2022
  1. by means of a residence permit which implies living for a few years in Italy before being granted citizenship;
  2. by means of employment which implies working in Italy in order to obtain citizenship (there are various types of work permits which can be obtained);
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Where is the easiest country to get citizenship? ›

Top 22 Easiest Countries to Obtain Citizenship (combined sources - alphabetical order)*
Antigua and BarbudaGreeceParaguay
AustriaIrelandPortugal
BelgiumIsraelSaint Kitts and Nevis
BrazilItalySaint Lucia
CanadaMaltaSpain
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How hard is B1 Italian? ›

The Italian B1 level language certification is at an intermediate level. This means that you are proficient enough in the Italian language for everyday interaction, making integration much more straightforward if you choose to live, study or work in Italy.

How long is B1 Italian? ›

First of all, the B1 is quite a high level of competence.

It means studying at least 2-3 years to reach the B1 level, especially for English native speakers. If you already speak a Romance language it could be different, however studying for the exam is essential.

How do I get an Italian B1 certificate? ›

Once you pass the CILS exam, you will get your B1 certificate. To qualify, you need to score at least 11 points in each of the 5 tests, from listening and reading comprehension to written skills. The test totals 100 points and you can retake certain sections after 18 months if you don't achieve the minimum score.

Can I get Italian citizenship if my great grandparents were Italian? ›

Italian citizenship by descent

There are no generational limits on claiming Italian citizenship. Thanks to this rule, Italian citizenship by descent is easier to obtain than many other European countries. In fact, many successful applications are made based on an Italian parent, grandparent or even a great-grandparent.

Can I get Italian citizenship through my grandfather? ›

If your grandfather was born in Italy and was an Italian citizen when your parent was born, it's possible to apply for Italian citizenship through grandparents. However, you can only qualify in this way if your parent has not since renounced their right to Italian citizenship.

Can I get Italian citizenship through my great great grandfather? ›

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, ...

Is Italian dual citizenship worth it? ›

Italian dual citizenship can create incredible opportunities and foster wonderful cultural exchanges. The main benefits Dual Italian Citizens enjoy are: The ability to work, reside and study in Italy and across the 27 EU member states (e.g. Spain, France, Germany, Netherlands etc.) without the need of a Visa.

What is the fastest way to get Italian citizenship? ›

Jure Sanguinis, also known as citizenship by descent (by blood), is one of the fastest and easiest ways to obtain Italian citizenship. There is no limit to the number of descendants who can claim Italian heritage under their paternal or maternal line. Furthermore, Italy does not have a generational limit when applying.

What is an Italian grandfather called? ›

Nonno is the Italian word for grandfather. In Italian it is common to add suffixes to grandparent names. Uccio denotes smallness or affection and is sometimes added to nonno to create nonnuccio.

How do I apply for Italian citizenship by descent? ›

If you meet the eligibility requirements to apply for Italian citizenship by descent, there are three main paths to applying: by filing an application at an Italian consulate abroad or via a municipality in Italy, and by petitioning an Italian court.

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