How to Get Italian Citizenship if My Great-Grandparents Were Italian?

If you have a great-grandparent born in Italy, you may be entitled to Italian citizenship. However, determining if you qualify and going through the process can be confusing and complicated. Fortunately, you do not have to handle it alone. Our experienced team at With Papers is here to help you every step of the way so you obtain your Italian citizenship efficiently and with little stress.

We are licensed Rome and New York attorneys with over 20 years of experience and a dedication to helping Americans obtain Italian citizenship. Our team understands that the laws and paperwork can be challenging to navigate, so we guide you through the process to make your dream of Italian citizenship possible. With our unmatched services, communication, and commitment to giving you a seamless experience, you can look forward to achieving Italian citizenship and exploring your great-grandparent’s home country.

3 Steps to Obtain Italian Citizenship through your Italian Great-Grandparents

The Italian government recognizes citizenship through bloodline, not just the place of birth. This is called jus sanguinis. Therefore, you may qualify for Italian citizenship if you have a great-grandparent born in Italy. If you want to pursue obtaining this status, the process involves the following steps:

Contact an Experienced Consultancy

While you can attempt to handle getting Italian citizenship on your own, it can be challenging and time-consuming without the help of our team at With_Papers. Therefore, one of the first steps to make your experience hassle-free is to contact our trusted team. We can help you manage every step of the process, including the following:

  • Listening to your story to understand your needs, goals, and expectations
  • Interpreting rules and laws
  • Working closely with experienced lawyers, genealogy experts, and tax advisors
  • Offering effective counsel
  • Overcoming language barriers
  • Organizing paperwork and helping you understand all applications you need to complete
  • Determining if you meet the qualifications for Italian citizenship
  • Helping you gather the necessary information and documents required to prove descent
  • Preparing your citizenship request

We understand you may have questions and other concerns about the process, so we are available to provide answers and give you the knowledge you need to move forward and achieve your dream of Italian citizenship.

Meet the Qualifications

While you may be able to become an Italian citizen through your great-grandparents, you must meet certain qualifications, which include the following:

  • Your great-grandparent was an Italian citizen and was alive or born after March 17,  1861, the day Italy became a nation.
  • Your great-grandparent did not become naturalized or renounce their right to Italian citizenship before your grandparent was born or before 1912.
  • Your grandparent did not renounce their Italian citizenship before your parent was born.
  • Your parent did not renounce their Italian citizenship before you were born.
  • If you are relying on your great-grandmother’s Italian citizenship, your grandparent must have been born after 1948 because, before this year, only the father passed on the right to citizenship.

It is important to note that if your great-grandmother was born in Italy, but your grandparent or parent was born before 1948, we can help you carry out a court action to show the Italian government your unbroken line and your right to citizenship. 

Gather Necessary Documents

In addition to meeting the requirements for Italian citizenship, you must provide several documents to prove your right to this status. Our skilled team understands what you need to achieve a successful outcome and can help you gather the following documents:

  • Birth, marriage, divorce, and death certificates of your great-grandparent, grandparent, and parent, depending on what is applicable in your case
  • Your great- grandparent’s naturalization records or proof of non-naturalization
  • Your own birth, marriage, and divorce certificates, if applicable
  • Two forms of photo ID and one document showing proof of address for yourself

In addition to assisting you to attain these documents, our team can help you translate these documents into Italian for the government to review. We also help you determine what applications and paperwork you must complete so you are fully prepared and organized.

Contact the knowledgeable team at With_Papers to Learn more about getting Italian Citizenship by Descent

Americans choose to obtain Italian citizenship for several reasons, including connecting with their ancestors’ birth country, a second passport, a second home and having a backup plan for the future. Regardless of your motivation for gaining Italian citizenship, our team at With_Papers is here to help you achieve your goals. One way to gain your desired status is through your great-grandparent. However, this process can be complex, so we guide you through every step to make it as seamless as possible.

We are a full-service consultancy focused exclusively on dual Italian citizenship and residency law. Therefore, you can trust us to provide the comprehensive service you need for a stress-free experience. To learn more about Italian citizenship by descent and how to get started, call our Italian dual citizenship lawyer at 917-310-2246 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation.