If you are a US citizen with Italian ancestry you could be eligible for Italian citizenship by descent! In Italy, citizenship comes not from being born in the country, but from being born to an Italian parent. Until very recently, Italian women could only pass down this citizenship “by descent” to their children born after January 1, 1948. Some of you may have tried to apply for Italian citizenship through a female ancestor and found out that you were ineligible because of this 1948 Law. Where did the law come from? Before Italian became a Republic on January 1, 1948, Italian citizenship came to a child only through the father. When Italy became a Republic, women were given the same right to transmit citizenship. However, a woman born before January 1, 1948 could only pass on Italian citizenship to her children born after January 1, 1948.
Why would that have made a difference? Before Italian became a Republic on January 1, 1948 Italian citizenship was give to a child only through the father. Once Italy became a Republic, women were given the same right to transmit citizenship. However, a woman of Italian citizenship born before January 1, 1948 can only pass on Italian citizenship to her children born after January 1st, 1948.
If you think that such a law neither seems fair nor modern, you wouldn’t be alone. There has been a strong reaction to this law and, just recently, there have been some new developments that have been reported on the website of The Italian Citizenship Assistance Program (ICAP), a company specializing in Italian dual citizenship.
A trial case challenged the law as discriminating against Italian women by denying them the right to pass citizenship to their children. The High Court of Rome decided that this discrimination should cease, and granted Italian citizenship to the woman’s descendant.
So if you have previously been denied eligibility because of this law, you now have a second chance! ICAP collaborates with the law firm in Italy that won the first case and has been successful in winning over 100 cases. Whether you’re starting your dual citizenship process for the first time or returning for a second chance at eligibility as a descendant of an Italian woman, ICAP can help you today.
And if you’re considering Italian dual citizenship, why not learn to speak the language? It’s a fun and and attainable goal when you study at Sentieri Italiani! Check out Sentieri’s current class schedule and register today!