1948 Case Services

Do you have a female Italian ancestor in your lineage?

If you have a female ancestor in your line, it may cause problems for you in obtaining Italian citizenship. Prior to 1948, women did not have the right to pass on Italian citizenship to their children. This law was changed in 1948, so you may be eligible to be recognized as an  Italian citizen, but it is important to consult an expert in order to ensure your success. 

In addition, having a female Italian ancestor may mean that your case can only be processed via the court system in Italy. So, you will likely need to hire a firm like ours to handle this matter on your behalf. We have handled many, many of these cases, so you are in good hands. Contact us to discuss our handling this matter for your family.

Research Services

The key to this process is having the correct information. Our firm performs in depth research on your ancestors for you to ensure that you have the best options for you and your family. Our team of researchers are outstanding and have access to information from Italian, U.S., and other agencies. We are able to obtain any items that you need for the process.

Visa Services

If you are not eligible via right-of-blood for Italian citizenship, don’t worry. There are other ways to obtain your citizenship. We can assist you with the Visa process, which can result in your being recognized as an Italian citizen. This process is typically much longer, but it is a viable process for many people.

DIY Programs

If you are having problems with the Italian citizenship process and you would like help, please reach out to us. We can help you with advice and often we can help you with some of the more difficult parts of the process. Reach out to us for details.


Yes. Having a female in your lineage *does* change the process, but you may still be able to be recognized as an Italian citizen.

First, understand that every family’s case is different. The cost for the 1948 Case process depends upon the complexity of your case. In order to protect you, we perform a thorough research process on your case as the first step in the process. This helps us understand the complexities of your case. Based on our research, we can provide you with an accurate, guaranteed price for the process.

  1. We perform a full research process for your case.
  2. We present you with the research findings.
  3. We consult with you on the best path forward for your family.
  4. We complete the work on your behalf.
  5. You are an Italian citizen! 

The Italian Consulates in the U.S. are authorized to process citizenship applications. Typically there is around a 3 year wait to get your first appointment and plan on an additional couple of years for the Consulate to process your paperwork. So, expect the Consulate process to take 5-7 years.

Note that you can not process a 1948 case via the Consulate. These cases can only be processed via the Italian Court System in Italy.

No. If you have a 1948 Case, due to having a female Italian Ancestor in your direct line, you must litigate this via the Italian Court System. You must hire an Italian law firm, like ours, to litigate the case on your family’s behalf.

The length of time varies, but this will typically be a several year process. The process changed in July of 2022 to include local jurisdictions, which may speed up the process. Plan on the document acquisition phase taking about a year, then the court process taking an additional 1-3 years.

We are not able to speak for the Italian government, but we guarantee that we will not stop working on your case until you are successful. In addition, we perform careful research at the start of the process to ensure your success.

Yes. We have offices in the U.S. and in Italy. 

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Our expert team is standing by to help you realize your dream of being recognized as an Italian citizen. Contact us today to get started.