Get Your Italian Citizenship by Descent

If you have Italian parents or grandparents, you may be able to get your Italian citizenship! Read on to see how you can unlock a continent of possibilities!

What is Italian Citizenship by Descent?

Italian citizenship by descent refers to the process of acquiring Italian nationality through family ancestry. This means that a person can apply for Italian citizenship if they can prove that they have at least one direct ancestor (father, mother, grandfather or grandmother or even a great-grandparent) who was born in Italy or who was an Italian citizen at the time of their birth.


Who is Eligible for Italian Citizenship by Descent?

If you were born outside of Italy but have an Italian ancestor, you may be able to apply for Italian citizenship by descent.

Italy, like many other countries in the European Union, is governed by the law of “jus sanguinis”. This is known as the law of blood, which means that no matter where you were born, if you have an Italian ancestor you may be eligible to claim Italian citizenship. In the case of your ancestor descending through the paternal line, then there is no generational limit. If you are applying for citizenship through the maternal line, you may qualify if you were born after January 1, 1948.

Citizenship is available to  those who have at least one parent, grandparent, or even a great-grandparent who is an Italian citizen, or was still an Italian citizen at their time of death.

If you are interested in obtaining Italian citizenship by descent, you have come to the right place. Take the first step today and click below to take our free Initial Eligibility Assessment.

Why Should I Apply for Italian Citizenship?

Enjoying dual citizenship is definitely an advantage, whether you want to move to Italy, reside in a country in the European Union or just spend some time in Europe; from a personal or financial point of view, an entire continent full of opportunities opens up to you.

There are many reasons to consider living in Italy:

  • As an Italian citizen, you acquire rights and privileges, such as the right to reside in Italy and any other country in the European Union.
  • Italian citizens have access to health and education services in Italy at subsidized or free rates. Italy has a high-quality healthcare system that offers accessible, top-notch healthcare.
  • Italy is known for its rich history, art and culture; obtaining Italian citizenship can provide the opportunity to connect with this cultural heritage.
  • Italian citizenship can open doors to job opportunities in Italy and other countries in the European Union.
  • By obtaining Italian citizenship, stability and legal security in a member country of the European Union is guaranteed.

Learn more about the benefits of holding citizenship with an EU Member State here.

What do I need to Apply for Italian Citizenship?

It is essential to have evidence of ancestral relationship by way of family members’ documents, such as birth certificates. You should also know that a birth certificate from the ancestor is not enough to prove citizenship. At least one passport from the ancestor is also required, and ideally other documents to prove citizenship.

With the right help, applying for your Italian citizenship is easy! With the help of our network of genealogists, we are able to search for documents to prove ancestry, and our network of lawyers will craft you the perfect application with the highest chances of success.

Keep reading to learn more about how we do this, and to take the first steps on your journey to open a continent of possibilities!

Why EuroPassport?

EuroPassport is the first Canadian company to offer people an easy and affordable way to obtain legal European citizenship. Based in Toronto, Canada, we are a team of trusted immigration lawyers, genealogists and documentation specialists who have pioneered an efficient process for our clients to obtain the Italian Citizenship they seek. Our experts take care of all the paperwork, in optimal deadlines.

  1. We take away the paperwork hassle, bureaucracy, legal complexity – and work on your behalf, using the most efficient route to obtain the citizenship you seek.
  2. Our streamlined process cuts out lengthy waits and confusing roadblocks to citizenship. Look to us to expedite your Italian citizenship and deliver in optimal timelines.
  3. Skip the exorbitantly high legal fees. Our migration experts and a team of Canadian and European legal advisors have refined a process that is considerably more cost-efficient, especially for those with family roots in Europe.
  4. We are a respected Canadian company based in Toronto – so you won’t have to deal with distant overseas law firms. Our track record is remarkable, as the first and only fully registered European Immigration services business in Canada.

Frequently Asked Questions

The process of applying for and obtaining your Italian citizenship is unique to each case, however the average time will depend on the modality you choose to submit your citizenship application by descent.

If you apply through your closest Italian consulate, your waiting time could vary between 12 and 24 months. This estimate is not including the time and patience needed to get an appointment with the consulate which for some locations in Canada can take up to 2 years. The longest waiting times in North America are in Toronto. As a matter of fact, it is currently almost impossible to book an appointment at the Italian Consulate in Toronto.

If you are willing to travel to Italy and stay there for 6 months, there is a local option to submit your application. By applying in Italy, the waiting time is significantly reduced, and you can obtain your citizenship certificate anywhere from 3 to 6 months.

If travelling to Italy is not an option, you can also sue the Italian Government for negligence. If your consulate is unable to help you with an appointment to submit your application, then you can apply through a Judiciary process with the help of our legal team, this could take from 6 to 24 months. This is a very common procedure given the slow processing times and bureaucracy in Italy.

When you apply for citizenship, any previous denial may hamper your chances on subsequent applications. An example of this would be declaring a date that is incorrect according to laws and legislations.

Immigration laws are constantly changing, and we are keeping up with every change, which may affect the required documents.

We also have a network of lawyers and genealogists in Europe who will prepare and supervise your application. We have the potential to prepare the most formidable citizenship application you can have.

Don’t risk submitting an unsuccessful application. EuroPassport does everything for you! Our team cooperates with top-tier lawyers in Italy; we first put together your application locally, and then your documents are reviewed by our Lawyer in Italy. Depending on the modality you choose to apply for your Italian Citizenship, we can prepare your application and hand it over to you at the time of your consulate application. We can also assist you within Italy through our network of lawyers either applying for Italian citizenship or helping you with our Judiciary process.

Once your citizenship process is completed, you will have to visit the nearest Italian consulate to apply for the passport.

You may be eligible to apply for Italian citizenship if you have at least one parent, grandparent or even great-grandparent who was born in Italy. Being Italian automatically qualifies you as being a European citizen with access to the many benefits/freedoms guaranteed in all EU countries.

Learn more about the benefits of holding citizenship with an EU Member State here.

We work mainly in United States and Canada.

This will depend on the complexity of your specific case and how many documents you require to prove your Italian ancestry. Our pricing starts from $6,500 for the first adult applicant, approximately $5,500 for subsequent adults of the same family, and approximately $4,800 for minors under 18 years old. These prices do not include taxes.

We do offer a 4-payment schedule for individuals and 6-payment schedule for families, and a discount of 5% for families of 2-4 people and 10% for families of 5 or more people.

Contact us to learn more about the pricing structure and payment options.

Yes, we have a service called Enhanced Eligibility Assessment in which our Lawyers in Italy check your information and supporting documents, and then verify if you are eligible or not for Italian Citizenship by descent, in addition we give you a comprehensive list of the documents you will need for your application. The cost is around $2,700 for the first 5 family members and $380 for each additional family member after the 5th. These prices do not include taxes.

If you do not possess enough proof of ancestry or supporting documentation and requisites, we may need to perform Genealogical research for which we could quote you separately. The price varies depending on the nature of the research.

You do not need to speak the language to reclaim citizenship.

Yes, we also conduct genealogy research in Italy. If you are interested in finding out more about your Italian ancestors, contact us for details.

You will only need to pay taxes in Italy if you move and live there at least 6 months of the year. If you move to another EU member country, you may not have to pay taxes in Italy, but you may still have to pay taxes in the European country in which you decide to live, so you would need to consult with the local tax authorities in that country.


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