Citizenship through my Maternal Grandmother?

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Citizenship through my Maternal Grandmother?

Postby diamantegrezzo » 10 Jan 2011, 16:07

Should I be concerned? I don't know which category I fall under. My grandmother was an italian citizen and wasn't natrualized until 1970...my mother was born in 1952. Should I just go back further to a make ancestor? I am a wreck. Please help. Grazie Mille. <3

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Re: Citizenship through my Maternal Grandmother?

Postby Rodio » 10 Jan 2011, 16:44

Where were you and your mother born? If the US, you should be alright, assuming you and your mother did not naturalize anywhere else....

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Postby diamantegrezzo » 10 Jan 2011, 16:46

Both my mother, and myself were born in the US. Either of us has naturalized elsewhere. I an just not sure which category I would fall under, assuming I can get it through my grandmother.

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Postby johnnyonthespot » 10 Jan 2011, 17:26

The consulate websites can be confusing, for sure.

Yes, you qualify through your grandmother because she was an Italian citizen at the time your mother was born and because your mother was born on or after January 1, 1948.

You will require:

a) your own birth certificate and marriage certificate, if applicable
b) your mother's birth certificate and marriage certificate
c) your grandmother's Italian birth certificate and Italian (or US) marriage certificate
d) proof of your grandmother's naturalization

There are some other details, but those are the basics.
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Postby diamantegrezzo » 10 Jan 2011, 17:34

Thanks Carmine! I look at the website sometimes, and I want to rip my eyes out because I am so confused. I have mostly everything I need. I have my grandmother's birth certificate, and so on. I just need my mother's things. I don't want to go there and waste anyone's time. I still have a good 5 months before my appointment, so If I needed to go back through a male, I'd rathe know now.

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Postby Rodio » 10 Jan 2011, 18:07

diamantegrezzo wrote:Both my mother, and myself were born in the US. Either of us has naturalized elsewhere. I an just not sure which category I would fall under, assuming I can get it through my grandmother.


I assume you meant "neither", right? As long as you and your mother did not naturalize anywhere else, it sounds as if you will qualify.

Buona fortuna.

Edit--In addition to what Carmine noted for documents needed for your application, you would need death certificates (if applicable) for your GM and/or M.

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Postby johnnyonthespot » 10 Jan 2011, 18:21

Rodio wrote:Edit--In addition to what Carmine noted for documents needed for your application, you would need death certificates (if applicable) for your GM and/or M.


Of course. I must have a mental block concerning death because I often forget to mention that. :)
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Postby diamantegrezzo » 10 Jan 2011, 18:26

I did mean neither...I am just a ball of confusion with this! Thanks again! I think I owe everyone that has answered my questions a lobster dinner! I am getting ready to request those documents, as we speak. I think once I stop being nervous I will be fine!

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Postby Rodio » 10 Jan 2011, 22:12

Mmmmmm lobster...I would be resposible for many lobster dinners for all of the help I received on this site!!! You are right, it is a frustrating and cofusing process. But in your case, you are only going back 2 generations; hopefully you can locate all of your documentation with little or no discrepancies on them. As for being nervous, a good vino can help!

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Re: Citizenship through my Maternal Grandmother?

Postby diamantegrezzo » 11 Jan 2011, 14:59

I feel better now! It's just everything I look at talks about a male ancestor. And them I am like ugh, so I need to do more, because my great grandparents never naturalized so...uffa. My back up plan is hoping it's an italian man that thinks im pretty looking at my paperwork...lol


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