Becoming An Italian Citizen - A Guide to Applying For Italian Citizenship

Author:Ms Elze Obrikyte
Profession:Giambrone & Partners

Citizenship is a highly prized status providing an individual with protection in exchange for an individual's allegiance. Citizenship is ordinarily gained by birth within a country or by descent from a parent who is a citizen of a country. However, it is possible to gain the advantage of dual citizenship, meaning that you can enjoy the privileges that citizenship of two countries affords. Since the UK's decision to leave the EU Giambrone's expert immigration team has successfully assisted and advised hundreds of clients to become Italian citizens enabling them to preserve their citizenship of the European Union and retain the rights, such as the right to free movement, settlement and employment across the EU. Supplementary European citizenship will not be available to British citizens when the UK leaves the European Union, which will, in turn, prevent the automatic right of free movement, settlement and employment in the EU for British citizens.

Giambrone's well-regarded immigration team, led by Elze Obrikyte, has an exceptional reputation for successfully achieving Italian citizenship for the firm's clients. Elze recognises that meticulous attention to detail and dogged persistence with regard to the consulate is the best way to ensure that an application for citizenship results in a speedy problem-free process. Adequate supporting evidence of the right to apply for Italian citizenship is obviously a vital aspect. Frequently, when relying on your Italian heritage (Jus sanguinis) all your relative's documents may not easily be to hand. Elze and the immigration team have developed a strategy to help overcome this and other objections that may be encountered.

The main routes to Italian citizenship are as follows:

Heritage - Italian citizenship is based upon the principal of jure sanguinis (blood right). An individual can apply for Italian citizenship through the paternal line with no limit to the number of generations from 17 March 1861. Prior to this date there were no Italian citizens as Italy was not a unified country, therefore the relative that you rely on for your Italian citizenship application must have been alive on or after this date. Italian citizenship through the maternal line can extend from 1 January 1948, but according to the current case law, also descendants who were born before that date can...

To continue reading