An easy way to check if you have the basic requirements to apply for Italian Dual Italian Citizenship Jure Sanguinis is the following.
First of all, you should be able to identify your ancestor and his/her basic information as well as verify the milestone dates of immigration process.
At this point, if you can trace a direct line between you and your ancestor, you should ask yourself the following questions.Did my ancestor die in Italy before 17th March 1861? Was my ancestor naturalized before June 14th 1912? Was I born on or after January 1st, 1948?
If you answered yes to the first question you most likely do not qualify for citizenship by descent. In fact, keep in mind that Italy was unified as state only on March 17, 1861 and therefore prior to that date there were no Italian citizens. Only people that were present on the Italian soil when Italy was unified were recognized Italian citizens.
If you answered yes to the second question you most likely do not qualify. In fact, prior to the 1912 citizenship law, under the previous citizenship laws the naturalization of the head of the family caused the loss of citizenship for the whole family, regardless the age or the place of birth of the children.
If you were born prior to 1948 and are claiming citizenship through a female ancestor, you may be able to apply only by starting a lawsuit in Italy. See our 1948 post (http://theitaliancitizenshipexpert.com/1948-cases/) for more information.
The above information is not exhaustive and is only aimed to help the applicants understand if they have the basic requirements to move forward and start the process and apply for Italian Citizenship using the Jure sanguinis (blood line) criteria. If you wish to obtain a professional assessment of your case please contact us.