Before you can find out if you qualify for Italian citizenship jure sanguinis, you must know
- the birth dates of every relative in a direct line between you and your ancestor from Italy. It's OK if you don't have exact dates right now, but you should at least know the year.
- the date your ancestor from Italy became a naturalized citizen of your country. Visit the "Naturalization" section of the FAQ page for tips on finding this out.
Before you start the process of obtaining dual citizenship, you should also find out
- whether acquiring Italian citizenship will affect your current citizenship. If you are a citizen of Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the United States or the United Kingdom, Italian citizenship jure sanguinis will not affect your current citizenship. If you are a citizen of any other country, check with the nearest Italian authority.
Be aware that this process will not happen overnight. There are a number of variables that determine how long it will take, but the most important is how quickly you work to get this done! We recommend you plan ahead at least six months to a year. Ready to get started?
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