Requirements for Italian Citizenship, do you qualify?

Apply for Italian citizenship and the Italian citizenship requirements per Law

The first step of obtaining Italian dual citizenship by descent is finding out if you qualify.

People often call asking 'do I qualify for Italian dual citizenship'? The truth is, there are several legal instances in which you can automatically qualify for an Italian passport. However, many people fall under special circumstances where their qualification is not so clear. This is the point where many firms often advise you that you are not eligible for Italian citizenship. However, this is not always true. In reality, your case is a bit more complex and requires additional legwork to meet the requirements for Italian citizenship by descent (Jure Sanguinis).

We specialize in analyzing your individual circumstances and perform the necessary additional research needed to verify all possible options to help you qualify for Italian dual citizenship. We have a very high success rate helping people to qualify and apply for Italian citizenship. If you are unsure if you qualify, contact us at (213) 277-8705 to discuss your situation. We are dedicated to reviewing each client’s individual circumstances and carry out all the research necessary to make the determination of whether or not they meet the Italian citizenship requirements.

Italian Citizenship Jure Sanguinis (by descent) - You may already be an Italian citizen!

On Feb. 5, 1992, Italian Law 91 was passed that stated an Italian citizen’s descendant is considered an Italian citizen. However, the Italian government would need to recognize the descendant’s citizenship. This means providing them with evidence that you have a direct bloodline of Italian ancestors to meet the requirements for Italian citizenship and therefore be granted all the benefits that come with being a citizen of Italy.

However, straightforward this may be, there are to exceptions to the rules. It’s important to look at the basic guidelines first, and then look deeper into specific categories Italian dual citizenship applicants must fall under to qualify for citizenship by descent (Jure Sanguinis).

5 Basic Requirements Everybody Must Meet

  • You’re a descendant of a person who was born after March 17, 1861, which was the unification date of Italy. Before this date, there were no Italian citizens.
  • The Italian ancestor in question did not naturalize to any country before July 1, 1912. Based on Law no. 555 of July 13, 1992, Italian citizenship cannot be transferred to descendants.
  • The Italian ancestor in question did not naturalize before the births of descendants interested in becoming an Italian citizen.
  • If the direct line Italian ancestor in question is a woman and was born before Jan. 1, 1948, citizenship can only be claimed from her father’s line, and citizenship passed onto her children if born after this date. (Your application can be denied on this basis, however you can have it heard in Italy’s courts and still be granted citizenship. You can learn more about this little wrinkle by giving us a call for a consultation.)
  • No one – you or your ascendants have renounced their Italian citizenship – be it via naturalization or another method.

Still asking yourself 'am i eligible for Italian citizenship'? Let us clarify...

The family history for each person is unique, and Italian citizenship applications are going to vary from one another. However, IDC is well-versed in the different citizenship laws and can help you to wade through the grey area to learn if you and your family are eligible for Italian citizenship based on the various requirements. First, you’ll need to set up a free phone consultation with us to learn more about current laws and requirements for Italian citizenship and gather the details of your case.

The Basic Requirements For Italian Citizenship


Gather some basic information about your Italian ancestor:
  • What is their full name, approximate date of birth and birthplace in Italy?
  • Verify your ancestors immigration process dates
  • Identify the direct line of relation between you and your ancestor

If you don't know the above information, contact us for a free consultation or use the websites below to help:



Confirm 3 Key Points:
  • Did your ancestor die before March 17, 1861 (before Italy was considered a country)? - If yes, you may be ineligible for Italian citizenship by descent. If no, you could be eligible for Italian citizenship by descent.
  • Did they naturalize to another country before June 14, 1912? – If yes, you may be ineligible to apply for Italian citizenship by descent. If no, you could still be eligible for Italian citizenship by descent.
  • Is your birth date on Jan. 1, 1948 or any time after? - If yes, you may be eligible to apply for Italian citizenship by descent. If no, you may be ineligible for Italian citizenship by descent.


Confirm Last 2 Points:
  • Do you have a traceable direct bloodline from you to your first ancestor? – If yes, you may be eligible for Italian citizenship by descent.
  • Has anyone in your family renounced their Italian citizenship? – If yes, you could be ineligible for citizenship by descent.

If you’re unsure of the answers to the the questions in Step 1 & 2, we offer a free phone consultation to assist you. We will also assist you in finding the right category you fall under and what your best possible path to citizenship is.


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We understand the qualification process is complicated. We offer a free phone consultation to determine if you qualify for Italian citizenship.

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