If your case falls into the “1948 category” because your grandmother was born sometime in 1900 and your mother or father were born prior to 1948 you will need to fight your right to citizenship in court.
In fact, under the Italian Law, a woman of Italian descent born before January 1, 1948 (the date on which the Italian constitution was issued) can only transmit Italian citizenship to her children born after January 1, 1948.
This law is strictly enforced by all Italian Consulates in the US. As a consequence, your intermediate female ancestor is deemed to be unable to pass citizenship onto her descendants.
Recently there was an important development regarding this citizenship law. A court case challenged the law as discriminatory of Italian women by denying them the right to pass citizenship onto their children and there is now a high probability of obtaining Italian citizenship via an Italian female’s ancestor that falls into this category.
The applicant does not need to be present in Italy at any time during the trial and every member of the family who share the same Italian ancestor can join the trial.
Our firm, with offices in Italy and the US, is the only firm that can really provide a comprehensive service as we can provide assistance both in the documents collection phase and during the trial. Contact us for more information,