Italian Citizenship by Descent

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1:00-2:30 p.m. 4-week, 90-minute course begins Tuesday 1/18

Italian citizenship is granted by birth through either the paternal line, with no limit on the number of generations, or through the maternal line for individuals born after January 1, 1948. An estimated 17.8 million Americans are of Italian descent and many can claim Italian citizenship. There is no requirement to speak Italian. A step-by-step description of the process will be presented. The application process takes planning, attention to detail, and time to assemble the required documentation. It can be done in the US or Italy, and the reward is a burgendy Italian/European Union passport. Benefits and responsibilities of dual citizenship will be discussed. Dan Possumato is a former Professor at the Army Management Staff College, Fort Belvoir, VA. A dual citizen himself, he spent a year gathering all the required documents, translations, and certifications before moving to Italy for four months in 2021. After his documents were submitted and validated, he was recognized as an Italian citizen and issued his “passaporto.”  It is recommended that students complete this online questionnaire to determine if they may be eligible for Itaiian citizenship by descent: https://consdetroit.esteri.it/consolato_detroit/it/i_servizi/per_i_cittadini/cittadinanza/eligibility-verification.html.