Italian citizenship through the court system in Italy.

Italian Citizenship
Expert professionals designed this site so that you can find all the answers related to the recognition of Italian dual citizenship via maternal; In such cases, Italian nationality by descent can be achieved through the courts.

CONTEST "STORIE ITALIANE" - 2021 Edition

Promoting Body: Studio Andino – Italiani-world.org
Geographic range: North America, Canada and LATAM
Duration of the contest:

June 2, 2021 – November 25, 2021 (North America and Canada)
June 2, 2021 – December 8, 2021 (LATAM)

Valid ONLY for cases by JUDICIAL MEANS, right of nationality by maternal line.

HOW TO TAKE PART

  1. Pre-register with the form you find on this page

Download the genealogical tree, fill it  and send it with the form.

  1. Once we have verified your eligibility, you will receive a confirmation email if you meet the minimum requirements to compete and you will receive your username and password to access the italiani-world.org system so you can upload:
  • VIDEO, 1 to 2 minutes long, in which you tell your own history of how Italian culture is linked and intersected with the local culture of the country of emigration and why it would be important for you to obtain Italian citizenship;
  • TEXT of 1800 characters (half page in Word) with the same content;
  • PHOTOS (from 2 to 4) in good quality that enhance your story and help the reader empathize with it.

This story will be shared on our social networks

  1. You must follow us on our website and in our social networks:
  2. Sign up to our networks.
  3. Post with the hashtag #italianiworld #concursociudadaniaitaliana and name on Facebook @StudioAndinoLawFirm or Instagram @ studio.andino in your publications about your citizenship;
  4. To increase your chances of winning, involve your friends, your family, your network and collect the highest number of “likes” in your “Italian story” published on our networks.

If you are the  happy winner in order for us to  speed up the legal  process, it is essential that you start at once to:

  1. Put together the “carpeta(see videos) with the necessary documents to carry out the judicial process;
  2. Correct, (if necessary), under the guidance of Studio Andino, the documents that might present inconsistencies;
  3. Keep direct communication (with the representatives of Studio Andino that we will assign you) who will follow the completion of the documents.

Important Note: Studio Andino and Italiani-world.org may use the works received and also reproduce individual parts of them in their institutional and / or fundraising campaigns, showing their mission and objectives without the authors being able to request a fee or compensation for said use and releasing Corporación Italiani and Studio Andino SAS from any dispute and / or request for damages for any reason that may be presented by third parties regarding the authorship of the work or part of it. Authors will be cited, when possible. If this is the case (we currently do not have any campaign going on), the funds collected of any kind will be invested only in benefiting as many people as possible in the contest and not in paying for any other type of service.

When is it necessary to initiate a judicial procedure for the recognition of Italian citizenship?

What documents are needed to start the process in Italy?

Recommendations in cases on Italian citizenship by judicial means

Important Note: Studio Andino and Italiani-world.org may use the works received and also reproduce individual parts of them in their institutional and / or fundraising campaigns, showing their mission and objectives without the authors being able to request a fee or compensation for said use and releasing Corporación Italiani and Studio Andino SAS from any dispute and / or request for damages for any reason that may be presented by third parties regarding the authorship of the work or part of it. Authors will be cited, when possible. If this is the case (we currently do not have any campaign going on), the funds collected of any kind will be invested only in benefiting as many people as possible in the contest and not in paying for any other type of service.

HOW WILL THE WINNER BE CHOSEN?

  1. It will be verified that all the necessary actions to participate have been carried out (follow us on networks, on the page, upload video, text and photos, post and spread hashtag, etc.)
  2. The points given by the LIKES obtained by each participant in the social networks of Studio Andino and / or Corporación Italiani will be added.
  3. The “evaluation committee” will take into consideration the story, the results in networks and will select 2 winners who will be contacted via email to officially confirm their triumph.

WHAT IS THE NATURE AND VALUE OF THE PRIZES?

  1. Two processes: one for USA / CANADA and one for LatAm.
  • Studio Andino will sponsor a free court case for the recognition of Italian citizenship in favor of the family of the winners;
  • A maximum of 5 applicants per family can participate together in the same process;
  • The interested parties will only have to pay the fees for the trial and for the transcription of the sentence before the Italian municipality;
  • The obligation of Studio Andino and italiani-world.org, as for any other professional service, is one of means and not of results.

The service will be provided by the lawyers and professionals of Studio Andino, with whom it will be possible to interact in English, Spanish or Italian, preferably via email (contact information will be sent to the winners in the corresponding locations).

Frequent questions

How will I know if I am an Italian citizen?
If in your direct lineage there is a great-great grandmother, great grandmother, grandmother, or mother of Italian descent, there has been discrimination as they have not been able to pass down their Italian citizenship. In a clear and transparent manner we can help you overcome this previous injustice.

Legal Route
Verify that your mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, or great-great-grandmother were Italians or of Italian heritage. If these descendants were born in Italy before 1948, according to the Civil Code of 1865 and Statute 555 of 1912, Italian citizenship could not be passed down.

Therefore, you are the grandchild, great-grandchild, or descendant of an Italian citizen no matter how many generations ago. How can I know if I am Italian?

We offer here answers to a selection of frequently asked questions posed by users of the Italian citizenship service of Studio Andino.

When is it necessary to start a legal process to obtain Italian citizenship?

If your mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, or great-great-grandmother was of Italian descent, it is probable that you will need to start legal proceedings in order to obtain Italian citizenship. Let us know about your family tree through our Genealogical Questionnaire in order to determine if you are entitled to Italian citizenship. We will analyze your case without any charge and advise you of your rights and the best path to take in order to acquire Italian citizenship through the courts. Any information you provide is treated as confidential and will only be shared if it is required for your Italian citizenship case.

Why in cases of maternal lineage can Italian citizenship only be obtained through the courts?

Until 1948, when the Constitution of the Italian Republic came into force, Italian laws regarding citizenship had contained clear and evident gender discrimination. Sons and daughters of Italian men were considered to be Italian, but not those of Italian women. Although these laws today have been considered unconstitutional (particularly Law 555 of 1912 and under extensive interpretation the Civil Code of 1865), they continue to present problems. Thus, the descendants of Italian women who were born before 1948 do not have the right to obtain Italian citizenship through an Italian Consulate on foreign soil. A judicial process is required in these cases to reverse the discrimination brought about by these specific cases, and a ruling in favor of citizenship will write the previous wrongs for those who have suffered as a result of these unjust laws.

Would you like to know more regarding the subject Italian maternal ancestry?

You can find the legal context by clicking on the following links:
Artículo Universidad del Rosario (in Spanish)

The Italian Community Journal in Chile (In Spanish) – Presenza April and May.

National Italian American Bar Association Newsletter (English) 

Who is required to participate in the legal proceedings?

The living descendant(s) of the Italian emigrant.

Can spouses of applicants in the Italian citizenship process solicit Italian citizenship as well?

Italian citizenship can be obtained in many ways, among them through direct lineage (ius sanguinis) or by marriage to an Italian citizen (ius matrimonii). In principle, court proceedings via the maternal route seek to recognize a bloodline exclusively, thus spouses cannot participate directly. However, if the marriage was held prior to April 27th of 1983, spouses may be included in the judicial process. If there is a ruling in favor of citizenship, they will be granted Italian citizenship at the same time as the other applicants. In all other cases, we recommend that you make inquiries regarding administrative processes for the recognition of Italian citizenship by marriage at an Italian Consulate.