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Citizenship by Descent

Citizenship by Descent

Citizenship Office
12424 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1400; Los Angeles, CA 90025
E-Mail: losangeles.cittadinanza@esteri.it

 

APPOINTMENTS
Applicants for Italian Citizenship by descent are kindly informed that starting from October 1st 2021, they will be able to make an appointment through the online Prenot@mi system.

Each adult applicant must reserve an individual appointment – all members of the same household must reserve their own appointment (group appointments are not allowed). Appointments are not transferable. Applicants whose case falls into CATEGORY 1 or 2 must also reserve an appointment through the online Prenot@mi system.

Appointments can be scheduled only if applicants have gathered all the required documentation (For instructions on completing the application, please download the HELP US TO HELP YOU document here.

Further directions on how to submit the application will be sent to every applicant by the citizenship department once an appointment has been secured.

 

RECOGNITION OF ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP FOR INDIVIDUALS OF ITALIAN DESCENT BORN ABROAD 

Italian Citizenship is based upon the principle of “jus sanguinis” (blood right) meaning that the child born from an Italian father or mother is an Italian citizen regardless of the place of birth.

In order to be recognized as an Italian citizen, applicants have to prove that their Italian ancestor born in Italy did not acquire another citizenship (US or other) before his son/daughter’s birth in the USA/other country abroad.

This is the reason why it is strongly suggested that applicants start the process by acquiring their ancestor’s Italian birth certificate and his/her naturalization paper.

  1. BEFORE YOU START
  2. CATEGORIES AND CHECK LISTS OF DOCUMENTS REQUIRED
  3. FAST FACTS
  4. U.S. NATURALIZATION AND “NON EXISTING RECORDS”
  5. COST AND PAYMENT METHODS

 

BEFORE YOU START

  • You can submit your application to this Consulate if you are a resident of the following States: South California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada.
  • Your application is individual and must be presented personally together with all the supporting documents.
  • In order to present your application and related documents you need to make an appointment through our online booking system  Prenot@Mi (esteri.it)
  • If a family member, residing in our jurisdiction, is interested in submitting in the future an application for the recognition of the Italian citizenship, the same ancestors’ original documentation will apply, but he/she must present his/her original certificates.
  • Residents of South California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada whose family members have obtained the recognition of the Italian citizenship at a different Consulate or in Italy, must submit at this Office all original documentation from the Italian ancestor.

 

CATEGORIES

There are many possible categories of Jure Sanguinis lines; here are the most common:

Category n. 1: Your father was born in Italy and was an Italian citizen at the time of your birth or was born in the United States or in another foreign country, but he was recognized as an Italian citizen by the Consulate General in Los Angeles. CHECK LIST

 

Category n. 2: Your mother was born in Italy and was an Italian citizen at the time of your birth or was born in the United States or in another foreign country, but she was recognized as an Italian citizen by the Consulate General in Los Angeles. You were born after January 1st, 1948. CHECK LIST

 

Category n. 3: Your father was born in the United States or in another foreign country; your paternal grandfather was born in Italy and was an Italian citizen at the time of your father’s birth. CHECK LIST

Category n. 4: Your mother was born in the United States or in another foreign country; your maternal grandfather was born in Italy and was an Italian citizen at the time of your mother’s birth. You were born after January 1, 1948. CHECK LIST

 

Category n. 5: Your father was born in the United States or in another foreign country; your paternal grandmother was born in Italy and was an Italian citizen at the time of your father’s birth. Your father was born after January 1, 1948. CHECK LIST 

 

Category n. 6: Your mother was born in the United States or in another foreign country; your maternal grandmother was born in Italy and was an Italian citizen at the time of your mother’s birth. Your mother was born after January 1, 1948. CHECK LIST

 

Category n. 7: Your father was born in the United States or in another foreign country; your paternal grandmother was born in the United States or in another foreign country, your paternal great-grandfather was an Italian citizen at the time of your paternal grandmother’s birth. Your father was born after January 1, 1948. CHECK LIST

 

Category n. 8: Your mother was born in the United States or in another foreign country; your maternal grandmother was born in the United States or in another foreign country; your maternal great-grandfather was born in Italy and was an Italian citizen at the time of your maternal grandmother’s birth. Your mother was born after January 1, 1948. CHECK LIST

 

Category n. 9: Your father was born in the United States or in another foreign country; your paternal grandfather was born in the United States or in another foreign country; your paternal great-grandfather was born in Italy and was an Italian citizen at the time of your paternal grandfather’s birth. CHECK LIST

 

Category n. 10: Your mother was born in the United States or in another foreign country; your maternal grandfather was born in the United States or in another foreign country; your maternal great-grandfather was born I Italy and was an Italian citizen at the time of your maternal grandfather’s birth. You were born after January 1, 1948. CHECK LIST

 

Category n. 11: Your father was born in the United States or in another foreign country; your paternal grandfather was born in the United States or in another foreign country; your paternal great-grandfather was born in the United States or in another foreign country; your paternal great-great-grandfather was born in Italy and was an Italian citizen at the time of your paternal great grandfather’s birth. CHECK LIST

 

FAST FACTS

· Italian Citizenship is based on the principle of “jus sanguinis”, meaning that your father, your mother or your ancestor is or was an Italian citizen. In fact, Italian citizenship can be passed through generations without any limit unless there was an interruption in the line of descent due to naturalization or renunciation.

· If your ancestor became a naturalized U.S. citizen before June 14, 1912 you are not entitled to Italian citizenship if the child of that ancestor was a minor on the date of his/her father’s naturalization, even if he was born before your Italian ancestor’s naturalization.

· A person born before January 1st, 1948 can claim Italian citizenship only from his/her father, who was not a naturalized citizen of another country before his child’s birth.

· A woman can transfer citizenship only to her children born after January 1st, 1948, if she was not a naturalized citizen of another country before her child’s birth.

· From an Italian citizen mother to a child born before January 1st, 1948: applicants who fall into this category will have to appeal directly in Italy to an Italian civil court to obtain recognition of citizenship.

· An Italian citizen who acquired a foreign citizenship before August 16, 1992 automatically lost his/her citizenship according to art. 8 of the law 555/1912.

· The acquisition of a foreign citizenship by an Italian citizen on or after August 16, 1992 does not cause the loss of his/her Italian citizenship.


U.S. NATURALIZATION AND NONEXISTING RECORDS

The Italian ancestor’s naturalization document is crucial for the recognition of your Italian citizenship. Click here for details.

 

COST AND PAYMENT METHODS

All applications for the recognition of the Italian citizenship Iure Sanguinis (by descent) are subject to the payment of a 300 euros fee. This fee must be paid in USD (see this link for the correct amount that is subject to change every 3 months).

The fee must be paid at the Consulate the day of the appointment with a cashier’s check or a money order made out to the “Consulate General of Italy – Los Angeles”.

The application fee is NON REFUNDABLE, regardless of the outcome of the petition.

Please be aware this office will not return any original documents to the applicant (except for original certificates of American naturalization/citizenship). The submitted documentation must be kept in the applicant’s personal file as proof of his/her Italian citizenship.