Citizenship by Descent

More than thirty million Americans are eligible for Italian citizenship by ancestry or descent. The critical aspect is to determine if your Italian connection was broken or not. An Italian ancestor would have automatically lost his Italian citizenship when he was naturalized as a US citizen. If his/her child is born after the naturalization, then the child is not Italian since the parent had lost his/her Italian nationality. If the child was born before the naturalization took place, then the child born in the USA is both Italian by blood and American by birth. That child can pass on his Italian citizenship to his descendants without ever been broken.

Capital City


Visa free countries

Schengen Area

Total area

301,340 km2







Time Zone



Freedom of movement in the European Union

No investment requirements

Leads to permanent residency and Italian citizenship

Live in an EU country

Application Process


Consult with Global RCG


Prepare your documents


Submit the application


Receive your residency permit

Italy Citizenship by Descent
Application Process

The process for Italian citizenship by ancestry can take a few months to a few years, depending on the route and your eligibility.


Other requirements:

Week 1
Week 1
Verify eligibility
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Week 2
Start client onboarding process with Global RCG
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Global RCG helps you gather the required documents with the help of our genealogist.
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Week 8
Application for citizenship is filed. Depending on your case, the process can take six months if it's lodged at a municipality, 12 to 16 months if petitioned in an Italian court, 2 to 3 years if scheduled at a consulate, and 5 to 6 years via the residency route if your Italian blood connection was broken.
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Required & Non-Required Visa Countries


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