Tag Archives: Italian American

10 Steps for Obtaining Italian Citizenship

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Starting from the beginning, here are the basic steps required for claiming your Italian Citizenship: 1. Preliminary investigation and confirmation of eligibility. Depending on how far back in your ancestry you have to go, this could be as simple as asking a living relative if the basic criteria were met.   If you are going farther back, chances are you’ll need

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1948 Rule

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I wanted to write more about the importance of the year 1948 in obtaining your Italian citizenship.  As I mentioned in a previous post, the 1948 rule was important in my case because my mother was born before 1948.  In a nutshell, prior to 1948, women could claim their Italian citizenship through their fathers but could not pass down citizenship

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Implications of Dual Citizenship

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One of the first questions I often get asked is “Does the United States recognize dual citizenship?”  The short answer is the US does not formally recognize dual citizenship but it also does not take a stance against it.  It is not illegal and you don’t risk loosing your US citizenship unless there is a clear intent to renounce your US citizenship either formally

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Confirming Eligibility

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As I started researching further to confirm I was eligible for Italian citizenship,  I found there were some very specific criteria Italian Americans have to meet to claim your Italian Citizenship jure sanguinis. One of the key things I learned is, if  you meet the criteria, the Italian Government has essentially considered you an Italian Citizen all along.  You just

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Discovery!

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It all started on a cold, rainy Northwest winter day while watching the show “Who Do You Think You Are?” on TV.  If you haven’t seen the show, every week a different celebrity is taken through a journey of discovery where they explore their genealogy and learn more about who their ancestors were.  The Brooke Shields episode was on that night.  As

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