Italian Citizenship Jure Sanguinis Lawyer Referral
Citizenship Jure Sanguinis
Prior to booking an appointment to drop off your documentation, you must make sure that you have all the required, properly prepared and reviewed documents. All documents presented (other than Italian original ones) must be properly legalized (or with an “apostille”) and be accompanied by their conforming translation. The translations must be certified by the Italian Consulate with jurisdiction over the area of the document’s provenance.
Ancestry (Jure Sanguinis)
Mandatory documents to be enclosed to the citizenship application are: negative certificate of naturalization of the Italian ancestor emigrated abroad, and all birth, marriage and death certificates of the other straight Italian ancestors until the applicant. Please note that all foreign documents must be translated and legalized (or, if possible, apostilled) in front of the competent Italian diplomatic authority located in the country of issuance. If the applicant resided abroad, the citizenship application together with the related documents, is submitted in front of the competent Italian diplomatic authority, otherwise, if the applicant lives in Italy, it can be filed in front of the competent Italian Municipality. The administrative procedure for the recognition of the Italian citizenship, last differently according to the Authority who received the application, namely Italian Municipality or Italian Embassy/ Consulate. The above mentioned process of applying to obtain or reacquire Italian citizenship is often slow and complicated; this is the reason why Aprigliano Law Firm provides comprehensive assistance in the whole process until the recognition of the citizenship.
An individual born to Italian parents is Italian, regardless of place of birth. An individual born in Italy to non-Italian parents, however, is not Italian.Women have been allowed to transfer citizenship to their offspring only beginning January 1, 1948. Consequently, prior to this date. an individual could be Italian only if born an Italian father. From January 1, 1948, either parent can transmit Italian citizenship.The minor child of an Italian citizen is automatically Italian, as soon as his birth is registered in Italy. No procedure for recognition of citizenship needs apply in these cases. Please consult the page on Vital Records > Registration of Birth.
Jus sanguinis (Latin: right of blood) is a principle of nationality law by which citizenship is not determined by place of birth but by having one or both parents who are citizens of the state. Children at birth may automatically be citizens if their parents have state citizenship or national identities of ethnic, cultural, or other origins. Citizenship can also apply to children whose parents belong to a diaspora and were not themselves citizens of the state conferring citizenship. This principle contrasts with jus soli (Latin: right of soil).