For many South Americans, obtaining Italian citizenship is a real possibility and an opportunity to live and work in Italy or any other country in the European Union. It’s true, applying for Italian citizenship from Brazil is just the same as anywhere else in the world, provided that you can prove legitimate and documented ancestral ties to Italy.
Aside from ancestral ties, you might also be entitled to apply for Italian citizenship through marriage in Brazil. However, each option requires a similar set of supporting documents and the application process will be different if you are applying by descent, marriage, or through naturalization.
Italian dual citizenship comes with significant benefits including the right to work and live in Italy or any of the other 28 EU countries. Other main benefits include education and healthcare benefits from some of the best schools and medical facilities.
The first step is to find out if you qualify for Italian citizenship by identifying your Italian ancestor who can help you qualify for Italian citizenship by descent in South America. If you need help understanding if you qualify for Italian citizenship, contact us to set up a free consultation to learn if you qualify for Italian citizenship.
If you have previously been told you do not qualify by another provider, we highly recommend you contact us to check again. We routinely help people qualify for dual citizenship that may have been told they do not. We can also help you with individual services necessary to apply for Italian citizenship from Brazil, Argentina or any other country in South America.
If you can prove legitimate ancestral ties to Italy you may qualify for Italian citizenship jure sanguinis in Brazil. This principle translates to ‘the right of blood’ which is why Italy is known as one of the most dual-citizenship-friendly countries in Europe.
Your ancestor can be a parent, grandparent or great grandparent and is often the most direct option for obtaining dual citizenship.
It’s also possible to qualify for Italian citizenship through marriage in Brazil which takes three years before this application can be processed. However, you can apply for this process after 18 months which is one way to make the process a bit faster.
Firstly you will need to correctly identify a suitable ancestor and prove these ties with various supporting documents. You will need to collect birth certificates, marriage certificates, and death certificates, down the bloodline from your ancestor born in Italy to you. These documents must be obtained by the individual and not the Italian consulate.
Making an Appointment – You will need to make an appointment at your local consulate as soon as possible, for the wait time is often long and sometimes up to one year.
Supporting Documentation – You will need to gather the relevant documentation to provide evidence of your ancestral ties and the onus is on you to sources these items.
Translation/Apostilling – Each document needs to be translated into Italian by an approved translator. Also, documents must be approved by your local government which is a process known as ‘apostilling’.
Attending the Interview – Finally, you should attend the interview, submit all documentation and wait for a decision which is usually made with three to four weeks.
Note – It’s important to understand that any discrepancies or mistakes will result in delays and the final decision always rests with your local Italian consulate. That is to say, you should make every effort to ensure the accuracy of these documents and never overlook any aspect of the process above.
We help many Brazilians and South Americans obtain Italian dual citizenship. From our experience, we know that asking family members is the best way to identify your ancestral ties. Once you have the names and birth-dates of your ancestors, you can contact us for a free consultation. We can then do the proper background research to determine if you do indeed qualify.
Applying for Italian dual citizenship is a process that requires time and patience. While one year might seem like a long time, it’s not as lengthy as it seems and most people require ample time when it comes to gathering documentation for their application.
Italian authorities are very strict about the accuracy of this information and translation is one area where many applicants are denied. That is to say, you cannot translate these documents by yourself and an approved translator is the only acceptable option.
Preparation is key in this regard and we always ensure our clients are fully prepared which is why we offer three levels of citizenship services.
If you'd like to speak to us regarding your case, you can contact us here by email or phone. We are happy to answer any questions you have.
This page was last updated by Marco Permunian