Which Ancestry-based Citizenship Do You Qualify For?

What Does Citizenship By Descent Mean?

Citizenship by descent is a type of birthright citizenship. It means that you can be able to become a citizen of a country if you have ancestors from that nation, such as parents, grandparents, or even great-grandparents. Jus sanguinis, which translates to “blood rights” or “law of the bloodline,” is a common name for this privilege. Americans are indeed impacted by this. Depending on where your ancestors came from, even if you were born in the US and solely have US citizenship, you might be able to obtain foreign citizenship through ancestry. This includes having the option of dual citizenship and obtaining a second passport, which may grant you greater freedom than your primary one does. Citizenship by ancestry is one of the most popular forms of citizenship in Europe as it is among the simplest ways to obtain European citizenship and a second passport. You can live, work, and conduct business in all 28 member states of the European Union, including Italy, Spain, Germany, and Ireland, if you have European citizenship. Getting a citizenship in Europe has many advantages. You might expand your business or employment opportunities to include European nations, for instance, if you are looking to enlarge your prospects from your home residence.

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Additionally, if you have kids, they’ll have access to the largely free European educational system, as well as top tier, subsidized healthcare. No matter what happens in your country, having a second passport and dual citizenship guarantees you’ll always have a place to go, live, work, conduct business, retire, and in certain situations, even leave the country altogether on a moments notice should the need arise; in the event that things don’t work out, you’ll be able to protect your family and yourself. Your forefathers probably originally came to America for that reason if you are a citizen of the US. And there may come a time when you determine that it would be best for your family to return to the nation of your ancestors. The overall purpose of getting a second passport is to increase your alternatives. And the more options you have, the more freedom you’ll enjoy.

40% Of Americans Might Be Eligible For Dual Citizenship (And A Second Passport): Here’s What You Need To Know

Looking for a second passport or want to buy citizenship abroad? According to a new report, it might be easier than you think

Country Citizenship by Ancestry Eligibility Further Information
Austria 1st generation only
Belgium 1st generation only
Bulgaria 3rd generation or earlier
Croatia 2nd generation
Cyprus 1st generation only
Czech Rep. 2nd generation
Denmark 1st generation only
Estonia 1st generation only
Finland 1st generation only
France 1st generation only
Germany 1st generation only
Greece 2nd generation
Hungary 3rd generation or earlier
Iceland 1st generation only
Italy 3rd generation or earlier
Latvia 3rd generation or earlier
Liechtenstein 1st generation only
Lithuania 3rd generation or earlier
Luxembourg 3rd generation or earlier
Malta 2nd generation
Netherlands 1st generation only
Norway 1st generation only
Poland 3rd generation or earlier
Portugal 2nd generation
Romania 2nd generation
Slovakia 3rd generation
Slovenia 2nd generation
Spain 2nd generation
Sweden 1st generation only
Switzerland 1st generation only

Ultimately, a second passport is all about giving you more options. And the more options
you have, the more freedom you will experience.

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Note down your full name, birthdate, place of birth, parents, spouse (if married), date, and location of marriage, as well as the full names and birthdates of your children. Afterward, take note of your parents, grandparents, and other relatives.

Wonderful! We can take a look at your records and confirm that for you. We will then advise you in detail regarding any missing or deficient records, and also help you determine how to address any discrepancies or other issues that might appear in the records. Many government offices have become much more strict over the last few years in terms of discrepancies or other issues in the content of vital records. This means that your application can be delayed or rejected. Our thorough review and analysis of the records allows us to determine the best way to address these issues before your application is submitted.

Examining certificates, old pictures, letters, and documents is essential since they often include useful information. Pay close attention to these dates, names, and any other pertinent information. Do not forget to include any envelopes and old photographs that might have inscriptions. Birth certificates, marriage licenses, death certificates, certificates of naturalization, army registrations, and travel documents are just a few examples of documents that could include hints, and are vital to the process. Written materials such as diaries, letters, and communication of any kind may also be helpful. You will quickly gain proficiency in deciphering hidden meanings, examining stamps, people’s attire in pictures, and other visual cues.

The Census Records will most likely be where you will want to stop next. Census data, especially those from 1850 on, contain a lot of information. These documents can be searched in person at The National Archives in Washington, DC, as well as any of the Archives’ affiliates. Several libraries have begun excellent genealogical departments that contain census data from dozens of different states. So, discover what’s available at your neighborhood library. You can also go to your neighborhood FHC. If they don’t already have the census footage you require, they can order it from Salt Lake City for a little fee.

Before accessing the Census Index, you must convert the surname you are investigating to Soundex code because the index is created in a format called Soundex. There is a reliable Surname to Soundex converter online. You can utilize printed Soundex converters at locations that keep census records. You should record your census information on a census worksheet, which you may get from the Family History Source Guide.
 
Thanks to a large number of passionate volunteers who spent hours reading this information for the Web, a lot of Census Data is now available online.

Wonderful! We can take a look at your records and confirm that for you. We will then advise you in detail regarding any missing or deficient records, and also help you determine how to address any discrepancies or other issues that might appear in the records. Many government offices have become much more strict over the last few years in terms of discrepancies or other issues in the content of vital records. This means that your application can be delayed or rejected. Our thorough review and analysis of the records allows us to determine the best way to address these issues before your application is submitted.

USA:

You may find historical and governmental information that can be used to research your ancestry and create a family tree on the website usa.gov/genealogy. You can use the materials listed below:

  • State archives hold historical data such as state census, microfilm, Native American records, and pioneer certificates.
  • Find the resting places of veterans with the help of the Nationwide Gravesite Locator.
  • The Department of the Interior (DOI) has a manual for discovering and tracking your Native American origin.
  • The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) provides seminars and workshops in genealogy research. An introduction to genealogy as well as investigation into documents like passenger lists, military service and pension records, and census schedules are among the topics covered.
  • The Statue of Liberty – Ellis Island Foundation’s searchable database offers 51 million passenger records, allowing you to locate relatives who came to the United States via the well-known port.

CANADA:

You can browse databases, conduct topical research, discover locations in Canada, access other websites, and post a query on the website for Library and Archives Canada. Databases are arranged as per subjects like: census and enumerations, birth, marriages, and deaths; immigration and citizenship; military; land; people.

Additionally, you gain access to other databases like:

  • AMICUS: This database contains citations for published sources including books and newspapers. References to family histories, municipal directories, church and cemetery indexes, local histories, and more are found here.
  • Archives Search: This online research tool allows you to search through a variety of archival data.
  • CAIN: More than 800 archival institutions across Canada have their holdings accessible through the Canadian Archival Information Network (CAIN).
  • Ancestry.com: If your ancestors were immigrants, you should use this site. You can enter names, places, and dates of birth in the search menu. You can enter the data you already know thanks to this comprehensive search tool. Additionally, you get to choose the category in which to search.

    There are numerous types of documents available, including: birth, marriage, and death certificates; census and voter lists; records of citizenship and naturalization; military lists; school directories; church histories; land records; and wills.

  • MyHeritage.com: A platform for internet genealogy is called MyHeritage. You can search historical records from around the world, examine images, and make family trees. While registration is free, a paid subscription is required to access full versions of documents or verify relationships. 6.3 billion historical records, including census, birth, marriage, death, military, and immigration records as well as old newspapers, are available online in the MyHeritage database. Users can add pictures to their family tree as well.
  • JewishGen.com: There are numerous types of documents available, including: biJewishGen provides research aids, general and country-specific databases, as well as groups for those with shared interests.th, marriage, and death certificates; census and voter lists; records of citizenship and naturalization; military lists; school directories; church histories; land records; and wills.

    The following databases are accessible:

    > A list of surnames and localities that genealogists are now studying in different parts of the world. In addition to 130,000 ancestors’ surnames and 18,000 town names, it has almost 500,000 entries. JewishGen searches all possible spellings of a name to produce results using phonetic matching algorithms.

    > A database with more than 3 million Jewish names and the names of every place in 54 different European, North African, and Middle Eastern nations

    > Information on more than 6,000 Jewish towns, including statistics on their Jewish population, historical town names and jurisdictions, inset maps, and links to JewishGen resources.

    > A database including names and other personal data from international graveyards and burial records Has around 2.5 million entries on burials from 5,400 cemeteries throughout 115 nations.

    > The Holocaust Database at JewishGen is a collection of databases with data on Holocaust victims and survivors. Lists from concentration camps, transit lists, ghetto records, census lists, and ID cards are among the more than 2.7 million entries that are currently present.

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Wonderful! We can take a look at your records and confirm that for you. We will then advise you in detail regarding any missing or deficient records, and also help you determine how to address any discrepancies or other issues that might appear in the records. Many government offices have become much more strict over the last few years in terms of discrepancies or other issues in the content of vital records. This means that your application can be delayed or rejected. Our thorough review and analysis of the records allows us to determine the best way to address these issues before your application is submitted.

If you have all the required documentation, the process of confirmation of citizenship is relatively simple and, based on our experience, can take approximately between 8-10 months. It can become complicated if the events that you need to demonstrate have happened a long time ago, if you do not have the required documents or if other events have occurred that make it difficult to prove the blood ties with your ancestors. Applications for some countries can take up to 48 months.

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Lodging directly yourself via the Consulate, if even possible, may seem like an easy task on paper, however, things to consider are:

  • You may have to navigate your way through foreign laws, regulations and bureaucracy;
  • Figuring out what legislation you are eligible under is often not as straightforward as it may seem.
  • Trying to locate missing ancestral documents can be highly problematic
  • What is Apostilling, notarization and translation?
  • Submitting an application with just ONE mistake, or ONE missing document could delay your application by YEARS!

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