Italian citizenship by descent

Obtain Italian citizenship by descent iure sanguinis

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What is the Italian citizenship by descent and how do you obtain it?

Italian citizenship by descent – iure sanguinis – was introduced by Law n. 555 of June 13, 1912.

The ius sanguinis establishes the attribution of citizenship based on the principle of descent. The parent transfers the citizenship to the child, regardless of the place of birth. Italian citizenship by descent is granted without any generational limit for the person who claims it.

The process for the recognition of Italian citizenship by descent can be initiated:

  • at the relevant Italian consulate of the foreign country where the descendant is resident;
  • in the Italian municipality where the descendant citizen is resident. 

Citizenship by descent from a mother born before 1948 is obtained through a judicial application for recognition to be proposed to the competent Court of Rome.

Services provided to obtain Italian citizenship iure sanguinis

Below are some of the main services we provide to our clients:

  • Search for ancestor birth certificates with apostille legalization throughout the country;
  • Search for ancestor marriage certificates with apostille legalization throughout the country;
  • Search for baptismal certificates with apostille legalization throughout Italy;
  • Judicial recourse for the recognition of Italian citizenship by maternal ancestry prior to 1948;
  • Judicial appeal for the recognition of Italian citizenship for: non-inclusion in waiting lists, denial of recognition, waiting more than two years.

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