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1948 Case Services

If you descend from an Italian woman or have women in your line of citizenship, you may have heard the term “1948 case” for Italian citizenship.

But what is a 1948 case, exactly?

Italian citizenship law used to treat men and women differently. For decades, Italian women couldn’t legally give citizenship to their children. If an Italian woman married a non-Italian man, her children wouldn’t be Italian citizens.

However, on January 1, 1948, the Italian government decided to change this rule. When Italy adopted its modern constitution, women finally had the right to pass citizenship to their children.

But there is another hiccup. This law is not retroactive. Only children born after January 1, 1948, obtained citizenship through their Italian moms. If a woman in your Italian lineage gave birth to her child before January 1, 1948, that child did not automatically gain citizenship. 

Therefore, if you fall under this rule, you must appeal to the courts to establish your Italian dual citizenship. It might sound intimidating, but the process is not difficult at all.

Who Has a Claim to 1948 Case Italian Citizenship?

To determine if this situation applies to you, identify all of the women in your direct line. Then, find out if those women had their children before January 1, 1948. 

If so, then you have a 1948 case. If not, the rule doesn’t apply, and you can proceed through a consular application or directly in Italy.

If you have a 1948 case, we can help. We have a team of attorneys, each with at least five years of experience handling these proceedings. By hiring our team, you do not have to go to Italy to pursue this citizenship claim.

1948 case

What’s Included?

  • Certified, legalized copies of vital records for you, your intermediate ancestors, and your last Italian-born ancestor (full documentation suite)
  • Legalization of your non-Italian documents into Italian
  • Your Italian ancestor’s naturalization records or proof of non-naturalization
  • Completing your 1948 case from start to finish, including power of attorney 
  • Transcription of your birth records in Italy and enrollment in AIRE (Registry of Italians Abroad), necessary for you to obtain an Italian passport


Fees for full-service, start-to-finish 1948 cases with all documentation start at:

  • $7,750 for one generation removed
  • $9,500 for two generations removed
  • $11,500 for three generations removed
  • $13,000 for four generations removed
  • You may add additional family members to your petition for $1,000 each. 
  • You may add minors at no cost.

If you would like to have our assistance with your 1948 case without a full service documentation suite, the fee is $6,500.

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