Italian Citizenship by Descent

Italian law considers all people of Italian heritage to be citizens, with no limit on the number of generations you have to go back to find it. This is known as “Jure Sanguinis” (“law of the blood”).

Scenarios

The rules surrounding jure sanguinis are quite complex, and thus some branches of our family have differing eligibility and pathways available to them.

Descendants of B.A. Santamaria and Felice (Felix) Santamaria can apply via the Italian Consulate in their local jurisdiction. Read more about Jure Sanguinis via the Consulate.

Descendants of Giuseppina (Josephine) McGrath’s children born after 1948 can apply via the Italian Consulate in their local jurisdiction. Read more about Jure Sanguinis via the Consulate.

Descendants of Giuseppina (Josephine) McGrath’s children born before 1948 will need to appeal to the Court of Rome to have an exemption granted to “the 1948 rule”. Read more about appealing the 1948 rule.

Descendants of Joseph Santamaria, Bernard Santamaria, and John Anthony Santamaria will need to appeal to the Court of Rome to have an exemption granted to “the 1948 rule”. Read more about appealing the 1948 rule.