i am no expert but my understanding is that an italian woman who married an alien,or a non italian citizen,prior to 1948 has lost her italian citizenship.this new law reinstates her italian citizenship.
your GM lost her italian citizenship in 1935 when she married an american.
anyone else can chime in here....i am pretty sure thats right.
mler wrote:I'm sorry, but I think you are misreading this law. It states that an Italian woman who lost citizenship before 1948 by virtue of marriage to a foreigner now has that citizenship restored.
So, for example, if a woman married a foreign national in 1940, she lost her citizenship, and future children could not obtain citizenship from her line. This has now changed. Since she is now deemed a citizen, she can transfer her citizenship. It does NOT, however, state anywhere in this ruling that she can transfer her now regained citizenship to a child born before 1948.
I see nothing here that would lead one to believe that the 1948 ruling has been rescinded.
This is correct, nothing has been passed rescinding the law which prohibits a woman from passing citizenship to her children born BEFORE Jan 1, 1948.
This new legislation would only benefit those who were born after Jan 1, 1948 and whose mother had previously lost her citzenship through her marriage to a non-Italian citizen. Basically if the woman never independantly took an oath of allegiance to another country, she never lost her citzenship regardless as to whom she married.
It's a small gain in my opinion, but at least some people will benefit.
I was under the assumption that I was eligible BEFORE this law was brought to my attention.
here is my deal:
great grandfather b 1864 Italy. immigrated to US, never naturalized grandmother b. 1908 US, married US citizen 1935 mother b. 1948 me b. 1975
This new legislation would definitely benefit you. Since your grandmother did not independently renounce her Italian citizenship, you can now qualify. You would not have qualified before this new legislation.
i never realized that my grandmother had lost her italian citizenship b/c she married a Italian born, US naturalized citizen. Not that it makes much of a difference that my grandfather was born in Italy. He renounced his citizenship. I guess being a single man in the new country, it was not fashionable to be an alien. My great grandfather on the other hand didn't care, to put it mildy.