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Understanding Italian Dual Citizenship for U.S. Citizens

Italian citizenship law centers on the principle of “citizenship by blood,” or the jus sanguinis principle. Because of this, any U.S. citizen with Italian ancestry may be able to claim Italian citizenship, as well, which would grant legal rights and responsibilities in both countries. This is known as dual citizenship.

If you are interested in Italian dual citizenship, it is important to talk to an experienced lawyer. The requirements and procedures for claiming Italian citizenship can be complex and must be followed to the letter if you are to achieve a swift and favorable result. With my experience and understanding of U.S. immigration laws and Italian dual citizenship, I can help you tackle this issue the right way. From my Fort Worth office, I serve clients across North Texas and worldwide in seeking dual citizenship with the U.S. and Italy.

Call my office today at (817) 857-6307 to see how I can assist you.

Obtaining Italian/U.S. Dual Citizenship

There are different ways you may obtain dual citizenship in the Italy as a U.S. citizen:

  • If you were born in the U.S. to a father who held Italian citizenship and you have not renounced your right to the same
  • If you were born in the U.S. after January 1, 1948, to a mother who held Italian citizenship and you have not renounced your right to the same
  • If your parent was born in the U.S. after January 1, 1948, either of your grandparents held Italian citizenship at that time, and neither you nor your parent has renounced your right to the same
  • If your parent was born in the U.S. before January 1, 1948, your grandmother held Italian citizenship at that time, and neither you nor your parent has renounced your right to the same
  • If your grandfather was born in the U.S., your paternal great-grandfather held Italian citizenship at the time of his birth, and neither you nor your father has renounced your right to the same

There are a number of caveats and requirements to any of these scenarios, all of which must be thoroughly understood before you proceed. With my experience in immigration and Italian dual citizenship matters, I can help you understand what to expect and whether you may be able to obtain dual citizenship with Italy.

Rights & Requirements of Dual Nationals

The United States does not formally recognize dual citizenship, but it does not oppose it. This means that a person may naturalize in Italy without risking his or her U.S. citizenship. Italy recognizes dual citizenship with the U.S. as of 1992 and does not require dual citizens to renounce their U.S. citizenship. Once a U.S. citizen reaches the age of 18, however, he or she can acquire a foreign nationality and relinquish U.S. nationality – if he or she chooses to do so.

If you are interested in dual citizenship with the U.S. and Italy, you should know:

  • You must abide by the laws of both the U.S. and the foreign country
  • At times, U.S. and Italian laws may be in conflict, presenting issues if you are a dual national
  • You may have two passports, one issued by the U.S. and one by Italy
  • Italy does not tax citizens unless they live or work in Italy, whereas the U.S. requires citizens to report worldwide income

Call My Fort Worth Office Today

As a Fort Worth dual Italian citizenship attorney, I am here to support and guide you through the process of claiming Italian citizenship as a U.S. citizen and to advise you on issues that may affect you such. The intricacies of these issues should not be overlooked – and my detail-oriented approach is ideal to swiftly and effectively addressing your needs.

Call (817) 857-6307 or fill out my online contact form for experienced dual Italian citizenship help.

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    Firsthand Experience as a Prosecutor, Judge & Trial Attorney My name is Paul Previte, and I am a Fort Worth trial attorney who has been practicing law for 25 years. In this time, I served as the chief prosecutor for 16 cities in North Texas. I also served as a judge for the City of Pantego. This firsthand experience in front of and on the bench has given me unmatched insight into the various issues that may affect my clients’ cases, enabling me to even the playing field for defendants as a ...
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