Italian Citizenship by Descent: DNA Test? What You Have to Know

Italian Citizenship Jure Sanguinis: Pay Attention on DNA Tests.

If you are passionate about genealogy you might have heard about DNA testing. 

Our body’s cells each contain a complete sample of our DNA.

As DNA is passed down from one generation to the next, some parts remain almost unchanged, while other parts change greatly.

This creates an unbreakable link between generations and it can be of great help in reconstructing our family histories.

Our ancestors left clues to our genealogy in us and other descents and with the help of DNA testing we can now unlock these clues. 

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Can I Use DNA Test in order to prove my Italian Heritage?

In order to set up the process of recognizing Italian Citizenship by Descent, the applicant must prove by means of Official Documentation that he has Italian Descent in his Family Tree or that he has an Italian Ancestor (s) who transfer the right to Dual Citizenship ( not just Italian, but all) to you.

The documents that need to be collected belong only to the persons who transmit the Italian Surname and thus the right to Italian Citizenship to the applicant.

Basically the documentation required for the Italian Citizenship recognition process Jure Sanguinis consists of up-to-date Civil Registration Certificates (maximum 1 year from date of issue on the day the documentation is presented to the Italian Consulate) and in the required form plus Negative or Positive Certificate of Naturalization.

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Is this means that I cannot use DNA tests?

That’s right.

You cannot use a DNA Test. 

This for some different reasons, like:

  1. Italian Citizenship Law prescribes as mandatory to prove through Documents. 
  2. With DNA Test, You can just prove to have a generic italian lineage, not to be the descendant of some specific ancestors.


And How I can prove my Italian Heritage if I have no documents?

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There is always a solution when You will be assisted by qualified Immigration Lawyers, and specialized Italian Citizenship Attorneys.

You can always Apply for Italian Citizenship by Residence (so apply with Us for a VISA) or Italian Citizenship by Marriage. 

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As we already talked in another Article, and also here, there are several ways to boost Your Italian Passport Application.

This can ben done principally for Italian Dual Citizenship by Descent, but can be also done by all Italy Citizenship Practices.


#1. Italian Citizenship through Italian Court. 

You can apply for Italian Citizenship by Descent and/or Italian Dual Citizenship without coming to Italy.

Yes: You can just sign the power of attorney to Italian Citizenship Lawyers like Us, and we can apply as your representative.

This is also the best ways to reduce your Italian Dual citizenship Application processing time: hiring Italian Citizenship Lawyers like Us, and apply directly through Italian Court. 

As we previously talked in this article, there are some new and recent Judicial Court cases that allow a person to claim his/her Italy Citizenship directly at the Court.

What does it means? 

  1. Huge speeding up!

    As Italian Citizenship administrative process (at the Consulate) is really slow, through an Italian Court is really fast. 

Applying at Consulate
4-8 Years Average Waiting
Applying via Italian Court
1 Years Average Waiting

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Why do I need Italian Citizenship Assistance by Italian Citizenship Lawyers?


First at all, claim Italian Citizenship by Descent through Italian Court requires a lawyer.

One of the best ways to reduce your Italian Dual citizenship Application processing time is to enlist the help of Citizenship experts. 

Also if You will choose to follow the ordinary administrative way (through Consulate), Professional Assistance will be always in your advantage.

Choose well your expert: an Italy Citizenship Lawyer will be certainly the most prepared professional with highest skills.

Here are 5 main reasons:

  • Professional service providers know how to best position you for success
  • Due to their in-depth knowledge of the system, they know exactly what to do at each stage
  • Experience has given them an edge when it comes to compiling the necessary documents
  • They can direct you to Consulates or Comune that are known for faster turnaround times
  • If there are any issue and/or You need to appeal against Consulate, we can do it.

If your time is valuable to you, then getting help from professional service providers is the best route for you if you want to ensure your Italian citizenship processing time is kept to a minimum.



Do You Think to be eligible for Italian Citizenship Application?  or through Italy Citizenship 1948 case?  or through naturalization by way of marriage or residency?

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We offer a comprehensive service tailored to the needs of each case. 

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Our services include advice on immigration law, cross-border implications related to Italian Dual Citizenship, Investor Golden Visa Italy,(See also here for Investor Golden Visa benefits)  preparation of visa, permit to stay and residence applications, tax aspects, avoidance of dual taxation, (more informations also here)

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