Who is eligible to apply for the recognition of Italian citizenship through ancestry?

The recognition of Italian citizenship is specifically conceived for foreigners who have a direct ancestor officialy recognised as Italian.

Available procedures to obtain citizenship 

A) Consular Procedure
If the person interested in applying for Italian citizenship does not reside in Italy, the competent authority to examine the application for citizenship is the Italian Consulate of the Country of residency.
The expected time frame to obtain citizenship is 36 months from the day of the application.

B) Municipal Procedure
If the person interested in applying for Italian citizenship resides in Italy (or becomes an Italian resident in Italy), the competent authority to examine the application for citizenship is the Italian Municipality of residency.                                    The expected time frame to obtain citizenship, depending on the specific Municipality, usually varies between 3 to 10 months from the day of the application.

C) Judicial Proceeding
If any of your Italian ancestors along the direct bloodline was a woman who gave birth to her descendant before 1948, the available procedure to obtain formal recognition of Italian citizenship is a judicial proceeding before the Tribunal of Rome.
The expected time frame to obtain Italian citizenship is 2 years from the day of the application.

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