The 1948 Rule

In 1912, only men were allowed to transfer Italian citizenship to their children as long as they themselves were citizens at the time of the child’s birth and living after Italy became a country in 1865. However, this law excluded women from the same opportunity. Finally, after nearly three decades, in 1948, women were given the same rights as men and could transfer citizenship to their children as long as the child’s birth was after January 1, 1948. 

Fast forward to six decades later: In 2009, Italian lawyer Luigi Paiano challenged this law successfully before the Italian Court in Roma. Although the law remains on the books, Italy’s highest court has declared it unconstitutional and discriminatory. Therefore, many citizenship cases that descend from a female have been won when brought before this court.  However, if you have a viable male line through which you can claim Italian citizenship, you cannot use a female line.

If you are interested in reconnecting with your Italian heritage and legally your birthright to reclaim it, I can help you realize that dream.

At Lo Schiavo Genealogica, we are very experienced and successful in finding missing documents that other Italian dual citizenship, Italian research firms, or professional genealogists are unable to find.  For example, we helped another professional genealogist track down the only surviving copy of a birth record that was needed for his client’s citizenship application. Between the damage of two earthquakes to archival buildings and a municipal boundary change, the document was found to be conserved in the town hall of a town 20 km away from where the ancestor was born.

Occasionally, an office in Italy simply refuses to provide the requested document.  We have a 99% success rate in getting these documents and will make every effort possible to secure the documents you need, even going in person to the office, if necessary.

Contact us today for a free consultation to determine if you qualify for eligibility to pursue dual Italian citizenship and to learn more about our services.  My team and I will provide you proven expert services, using a stringent code of ethics, as you pursue your dual citizenship in the smoothest way possible. 

Our goal is to use the highest of standards to help you reconnect to your ancestry!

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