If you are of Italian ancestry, have lost your citizenship due to naturalization, or are married to an Italian citizen, you may be eligible for Italian dual citizenship. If you have ever wondered about becoming an Italian citizen, these guidelines and our questionnaire will help you decide if dual citizenship is right for you and your family.
According to Italian law, under specific conditions, you may be entitled to Italian citizenship if your Italian ancestors maintained an uninterrupted line of citizenship leading to your generation. If you were born in the United States or in another country which granted you its citizenship at birth “jure soli” (by law of the soil), you may claim Italian citizenship “jure sanguinis” (by law of the bloodline) if you are able to provide the necessary documentation and meet the other Italian citizenship requirements.
It is also possible to obtain dual citizenship by marriage. Since April 27, 1983, the foreign spouse of an Italian citizen may request to acquire Italian citizenship after two years of marriage if residing in Italy, and after three years if residing abroad. Necessary documentation will include a marriage certificate, criminal background clearance, and standard proof of residency documents.
People who were Italian citizens residing in Istria, Fiume, and Dalmazia as of September 15, 1947, may apply for recognition of their Italian dual citizenship. Documentation must be gathered to meet the Italian dual citizenship requirements, including residency as of June 10, 1940, as well as citizenship status as of September 15, 1947.
There have been some changes to the Italian citizenship requirements under the recent Immigration and Security Law.
The eligibility guidelines and process may seem daunting, but we at the Italian American Citizenship Assistance Program will show you how to become an Italian citizen and determine if you are eligible. The first step is our simple questionnaire to see if you are likely to qualify for Italian dual citizenship. Try it now!