LATINO OF ITALIAN DESCENT OBTAINING ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP

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LATINO OF ITALIAN DESCENT OBTAINING ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP

Postby italianhispanic » 31 Mar 2009, 18:11

So this has been of interest to me for some time. I'm a U.S. born citizen, but have many relatives in South America who are also descendants of Italians like myself.
Here's the thing. I read on a website that you can get Italian citizenship as long as your ancestor left Italy after 1861 (Italy wasn't a country before then)
The other thing is that the ancestor had to have his children before giving the citizenship. I also read it doesn't matter how far back it goes... grandfather, great-grandfather, etc. as long as it was before 1861. Is that right?
Now my grandmother who is the daughter of Italians had her son before 1948. This is a problem because the law said Italian women could not pass on the citizenship if married to a foreigner, in this case to a South American.
But apparently the law just changed in Italy! Can anyone please confirm this? I read this off an Italian website, but my Italian is a little rusty.

Cittadinanza italiana automatica per discendenti di donne già maritate a stranieri ante 1948

Ricerca a cura dell'Avv. Vincenzo Romano

Le Sezioni Unite Civili della Cassazione con la sentenza 4466 / 2009 hanno riconosciuto il diritto alla cittadinanza italiana per i discendenti delle donne che, per effetto di una legge del 1912, avevano perso la nazionalità tricolore per aver sposato uno straniero.

Questo effetto vale per tutte le situazioni derivate da matrimoni ‘misti’ celebrati prima del 1948, quando l’entrata in vigore della Costituzione repubblicana ha spazzato via le norme precedenti. Solo nel 1975 e nel 1983 la Consulta ha provveduto a dichiarare l’incostituzionalità della legge che puniva le donne maritate con uno straniero. Con la citata sentenza le SS.UU. Civili della Cassazione – concedendo d’ufficio la cittadinanza perduta alla pronipote egiziana di una donna andata in sposa a un marito del Cairo – ha sancito che l’incostituzionalità della legge del 1912 “retroagisce oltre il primo gennaio 1948â€

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Re: LATINO OF ITALIAN DESCENT OBTAINING ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP

Postby johnnyonthespot » 31 Mar 2009, 19:14

Please review this recent thread on this very subject.

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Re: LATINO OF ITALIAN DESCENT OBTAINING ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP

Postby mler » 31 Mar 2009, 20:08

In any case, it wouldn't matter because a woman could not transfer citizenship to a child born before 1948, and unfortunately, this has not changed. Sorry.


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