My mother's father was born in italy, my mother was

03/01/2020 - 14:12

My mother's father was born in italy, my mother was born here in USA.  Can my mother get her passport, and then because she has her passport, then I can get my passport? 

My mother's father was a US Citizen when my mother was born.



As I understand it (and I'm not an expert) if your grandfather was/is Italian then you can obtain citizenship and hence a passport. I don't think your mother would need to get hers first. If he renounced his citizenship (rather then holding dual nationality) then this may be a problem. The London Italian consulate website is helpful. You should contact the one in the US 

Go to your nearest Italian Consulate's website for more information concerning: Italian citizenship by descent.  It is a lengthy process involving gathering of lots of information in the US as well as in Italy.  It won't involve your mother having to get a passport but will involve birth certificates, marriage certificates, etc. here and in Italy, and whether or not anyone renounced their Italian citizenship.  That is the best place to start this journey...good luck!!

Obtaining Italian Citizenship via the “Jure Sanguines” procedure


We have been residing in Europe part-time since 1974, the last 15 in Italy. As my wife has dual citizenship, US and an EU country, we have not had to deal with the 90 day EU restriction for non-EU citizens. Approximately 10 years ago we decided I should apply for Italian citizenship through the “Jure Sanguines” procedure for various reasons. We located all of the necessary documents, had everything translated, etc., and made application to a US based Italian Consulate. I was interviewed and paid the necessary fees. The Consulate contacted me a few times over several years asking for more documents. We decided at one point to forget it and I stopped responding to the Consulate’s correspondence for several years.

Several months ago I received a registered letter from the Consulate stating that they only needed two more documents to complete the application. One was my grandfather’s “original birth certificate” and the other was for another copy of some other document. Since we had decided to forego ever returning to Italy, I answered thusly; 


“Dear ……., you of all people should know that entities do not provide “original birth certificates” as there is only one “original” which is why only copies are provided, which, incidently, I sent to you in 2010. The other document was sent to you in full translation in 2014 for the second time. 

So, why don’t you look someplace where the “sun don’t shine” and you might get lucky and find something.”


Two weeks later I received another registered letter from the Consulate congratulating me for being awarded Italian Citizenship along with a form to submit for my Italian EU Passport.


What a country!!!


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