Dual citizenship: the benefits of an Italian passport

Italian Dual Citizenship is the first step to securing your Italian passport. Despite the citizenship process being complex and confusing, there are so many benefits to getting this highly sought-after identity document, that the wait will be worth it. The Italian passport is one of the strongest identity documents in the world. It will give […]

Dual Citizenship proceedings: brief, remote or in-person hearings

As of June 22, 2022, proceedings for the establishment of Italian dual citizenship must be submitted to the District Court where the Court of Appeal of reference for the ancestors’ native town is located, rather than to the Court of Rome (art. 36 law 207/2021) (watch our VIDEO: “How to find your Court of reference” […]

Local Courts in Italy: Dual citizenship success in Bari

This result is a real boost for future hearings in local courts in Italy. Since June 22nd 2022, all Italian dual citizenship proceedings must be submitted before local courts, not the Court of Rome. Dual citizenship hearing: how the judges ruled in Bari is even greater, given that the submitted documentation had discrepancies – both […]

Dual Citizenship: first hearing dates in the local courts of Italy

Since June 22, 2022, Italian dual citizenship applications must be submitted to the local courts of Italy, rather than the Court of Rome.  One of the motivations for the reform is to make the judicial system operate more quickly. The shift to the local courts will reduce the burden on the Court of Rome, where […]

Courts of Italy: how judges approach documentation discrepancies

On June 22, 2022 a new legislation regarding Italian Dual Citizenship has been introduced. To date, applications to get Italian Citizenship must be submitted to the District Court of the town where the Italian ancestors were born, and not to the Court of Rome. This change in the way American citizens with Italian ancestors can […]

The Minor Case: the approach of Local Courts of Italy

In Italian dual citizenship, a case is a Minor Case if an Italian parent naturalized after his/her child was born. Though the child was a minor, they lost their Italian citizenship. A New Approach to 1948 Cases by the Court of Rome +1 (800) 205-9142 (U.S. & Can) inquiry@mylawyerinitaly.com

Dual Italian Citizenship: Courts start ruling after new citizenship legislation

On June 22, 2022, new legislation regarding Citizenship by Descent became effective (art. 36 law 206/2021). Proceedings for the establishment of Italian citizenship must now be submitted to the District Court where the Court of Appeal of reference for the ancestors’ native town is located. Court of Venice: the first decision after the new legislation […]

Dual Italian Citizenship: Registering additional petitioners

When applying for Italian dual citizenship, it’s best to turn to an Italian firm that knows how to navigate Italy’s complex legal system. MY LAWYER IN ITALY® will assist you throughout the process, from your first free consultation to filing your case to the court and helping you with A.I.R.E. registration once citizenship is granted. […]

Dual Italian Citizenship: How to get your B1 Language Certificate

of the requirements of the latter is that spouses of an Italian citizen get a B1 Italian Language Certificate. B1 Language Certificate: What is it?  is mandatory for getting dual Italian citizenship Jure Matrimonii. B1 Language Certificate: Where and how can you get the certificate? Italian cultural institutions in the U.S.A. (or other country they […]

No-Appointment Case: Can I turn to another Consulate for an earlier appointment?

More and more people are deciding to start their journey to acquire dual U.S./Italian citizenship. The standard route for people residing outside of Italy is to submit accurate documentation to their closest Italian Consulate. However, many Italian Consulates are currently unable to provide a timely appointment date. They may have no appointments at all, and […]

Dual Italian Citizenship: Do I need my parents to apply?

MY LAWYER IN ITALY® helps individuals apply for their Italian dual citizenship day in, day out – with or without their parents’ involvement. Questions such as: MY LAWYER IN ITALY® has led the victories in Court of hundreds of American families who have regained their Italian citizenship. As a result, Italy usually welcomes back not […]

New Citizenship Legislation: Court Cases vs. Comune Applications

Does this new legislation affect only Court Cases (1948 cases) or citizenship applications submitted to an Italian Comune too? Citizenship at Comune The new court legislation only affects court cases. Proceedings already submitted will be discussed in Court in front of a judge. This does not affect foreigners applying for citizenship at an Italian Comune. […]

Italian Dual Citizenship: Who is eligible?

There are many benefits and advantages; however, proof of Italian parentage and ancestry are always required. Each petitioner must demonstrate that his/her ancestors have passed their Italian citizenship and bloodline from generation to generation. MY LAWYER IN ITALY® will not only assist you throughout the whole process but also assign a dedicated Italian English-speaking attorney […]

US/Italian Dual Citizenship in Italian Courts: Paperwork Misspellings

Beware! Many applications have been blocked or rejected by Consulates. One of the most common reasons to dismiss a case is because the applicant’s documentation contains paperwork misspellings or name changes. An example is the immigrant’s name at birth was Giovanni but went by Joseph in the U.S. Other issues that may lead to rejection […]

Apostille: What is it and where can you get it for your Italian dual citizenship?

hat is an apostille, exactly? Apostilles authenticate seals and signatures on public documents such as birth, marriage, and death certificates so that they can be recognized in foreign countries. Apostille: which authorities issue apostilles? State authorities, such as the Secretary of State, authenticate state documents such as vital records – birth, death, and marriage certificates. […]

Italian dual citizenship: how to check you have a 1948 case

Before this rule came into effect, Italian dual citizenship jure sanguinis could only be claimed through one’s male ancestors. The citizenship law enacted in 1912 only allowed women to hold citizenship, and not pass it to their children. Since then, if you have one or more women in your blood lineage, you have the right to apply […]

A History Lesson about Liberation Day

Who were those brave soldiers that died to grant a future of freedom to our country? We may not know their names, but we remember them in our hearts. They could often speak Italian, had grown up in an Italian American environment and still had families and roots overseas. Thus, when asked to fight in […]

Italian Dual Citizenship: Do I have to speak Italian to apply?

Ability to travel, work and live in other EU countries A European passport Right to vote in Italian elections However, when applying for Italian dual citizenship, many people have lots of questions. For citizenship by descent: NO. Although it is not mandatory for those applying for Italian citizenship by descent to speak Italian, it is […]

The Legend of Ellis Island

Ellis Island will always be more than a museum alone: it is a symbol of the bright American dream. As well as the stories of those who crossed the ocean to pursue a better life, there is an ongoing genealogy an dual citizenship myth.  Many immigrants changed their names themselves to what they imagined were […]

Citizenship by Descent, new legislation effective June 2022: what you need to know

On June 24, 2022, new legislation regarding Citizenship by Descent will become effective (art. 36 law 206/2021). As of that date proceedings for the establishment of Italian citizenship must be submitted to the District Court in the ancestor’s native town. An important question here is how the District Court judges will deal with the issue […]

The Minor Case: which Italian Dual Citizenship petitions are getting rejected?

The word Minor Case in Italian Citizenship has been long used to mean that if an Italian father naturalized after his child was born, though still a minor, that child retained Italian Citizenship. This legal argument is based on the Consulate practice to take Italian Citizenship applications. This practice derives from a precedent set by […]

Italian American Dual Citizenship: the most common problems and how to overcome them

One way of acquiring Italian American dual citizenship is by descent, meaning petitioners will need to identify their most recent ancestor born in Italy and work backwards from there. After searching for and collecting all the necessary documents, the pathway to citizenship goes through the local Italian Consulate in the United States. Many cases for […]

The work and life of American citizens in Italy

Work and life of American citizens in Italy American citizens looking to relocate to Italy for work, temporarily or permanently, must first obtain a work permit from their prospective employer. Once obtained, this permit allows them to apply for an entrance visa to Italy through an Italian consulate in the United States. In most cases, […]

Italian Citizens Abroad and the National Health Service

Italian citizens living abroad must register themselves at the local Italian consulate in the Anagrafe degli Italiani Residenti all’Estero- AIRE (register of  Italian citizens living abroad). This registration will determine removal from the Anagrafe della Popolazione Residente -APR (register of the city or town where the citizen was residing in Italy) and also automatic removal […]

A New Approach to 1948 Cases by the Court of Rome

This post was updated in January 2020 as a result of decisions handed down by the Rome Court of Appeal, which have consequently made this post outdated. Please read the new post here… While the Court of Rome did seem to uphold the principle formulated by the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation in 2011 (i.e. […]

Italian Dual Citizenship Benefits

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Italian dual Citizenship and Last Name Issues

How to keep last name if you become an Italian dual citizen. Changing a surname in Italy has long been a difficult process, with the default position being that one’s surname at birth is fixed and unchangeable. Furthermore, according to Italian law children are to be given the surname of the father, although recently a […]