Over 25 million Italians have emigrated between 1861 and 1960 with a migration boom between 1871 and 1915 when over 13,5 million emigrants left the country for European and overseas destinations.
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I would like to apply for Italian Dual Citizenship and I am in the process of beginning my research. I had a break in my case when I came across the 1930 Census Record, with my great-grandfather, great-grandmother, and grandmothers names listed. Under the citizenship section for my great-grandfather was what looks like either a "Pa" or "Pe", my great-grandmother had an "Al" (which I assume stands for Alien), and my grandmother was born in the US so there was a blank box under her name. I did a little research and found that the "Pa" might stand for First Papers, does this still qualify me for Dual Citizenship?
Yes. Since your gm had already been born before her father naturalized, she obtained Italian citizenship. Italian citizenship was not lost until the naturalization process was completed. You will, however, have to get the actual naturalization documents. A census will not be sufficient documentation.
I think it may also depend on what year your grandmother was born. Citizenship isn't passed through women if they were born before 1950ish (not sure the exact year but it should be on the consulates websites). If you are going to apply through your grandmother, I would check that law to make sure that you do qualify.
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