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¿Who qualifies for Italian citizenship jure sanguinis?

By establishing an unbroken line connecting you to Italian ancestors who possessed the right to claim Italian citizenship, and proving that this right was legally transferred to you under Italian law, you could be eligible to obtain full Italian citizenship. The concept of jus sanguinis, or bloodline citizenship, is recognized by many countries, including the United States, allowing dual citizenship with Italy.

These are some criteria that determine eligibility:

1. The legal principle that a male Italian ancestor who was alive on or after March 17, 1861 had the right to claim Italian citizenship. Unless they were naturalized in another country before the birth of their descendant, this right to citizenship is inherited to the next generation.

2. Children born after January 1, 1948, whose mother was an Italian citizen, also qualify for Italian citizenship.

3. There is no limit on the number of intervening generations that would prevent someone from applying for Italian citizenship jure sanguinis, as long as each ancestor maintained the right to Italian citizenship until the birth of the next generation.

These are examples of eligible people:

Several scenarios illustrate people who meet the criteria for Italian citizenship:

1. Your father was an Italian citizen when you were born, and did not have citizenship of any other country at the time.

2. Your mother was an Italian citizen when you were born, she had no citizenship of any other country, and your birth occurred after January 1, 1948.

3. Your paternal grandfather or grandmother was born in Italy, was a citizen or had the right to become one before the birth of your father. The same applies if her mother meets these criteria, as long as she was born after January 1, 1948.

4. Your great-grandparents or great-great-grandparents meet the same criteria and had the capacity to pass on their right to Italian citizenship when your child was born. This right was transmitted in an unbroken chain until his generation.

How to start the application for Italian citizenship by jure sanguinis

To begin the process of obtaining Italian citizenship through jure sanguinis, it is essential to compile a complete package of time-sensitive documents, which often require obtaining from the vital records departments in the country where you live or lived (USA). USA, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Panama and Venezuela). All this documentation must be presented to the Italian consulate corresponding to the place where you live or through a court in Italy.

Documents required typically include:

1. Birth Certificates:
– Birth certificates for yourself, your parents and other relevant ancestors, if available.

2. Marriage certificates and legal documents:
– Marriage certificates, legal divorce documentation and death certificates as applicable.

3. Naturalization records:
– Naturalization certificates or official statements from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services affirming their non-existence.

4. Extended search documentation:
– Documentation from the National Archives detailing an extended search of immigration, birth and census records, or clarifying their absence.

5. Notarized statements:
– Notarized statements affirming, to the best of your knowledge and belief, that neither you nor your ancestors have renounced Italian citizenship.

6. Passport and proof of residence:
– A copy of your passport and evidence of your current residence.

Navigating this process can be challenging for many people. However, at DOKUMENTOS we significantly simplify the application process. Our team of experts can assist with services such as handling apostilles, translating documents, obtaining Italian vital records, and guide you through every step of this rewarding process.

If you think you are likely to qualify, contact us today to start the process and reconnect with a family legacy that can be passed on to future generations.”