1948 Rule

ItalianGal/ Starting Out/ 53 comments

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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The Italian Consulate

ItalianGal/ Starting Out/ 10 comments

After doing some research on the web, I got a lot of conflicting information on what documents were actually required. I later found out that this may partially have to do with which Italian consulate you go to.  Each has slight variations on what proof they are looking for. Some of this may also have had to do with the

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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!

ItalianGal/ Benefits and Implications, Starting Out/ 8 comments

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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