In the Castelvetere sul Calore episode of the second season of Dream of Italy on PBS, Kathy learns about the legalities and possibility of obtaining her Italian citizenship.
Italy recognizes citizens “Jure Sanguinis,” by blood. No matter where someone is born, if at least one parent is an Italian citizen at the time of the birth, their child is Italian and can usually pass on citizenship to their descendants. Both Kathy’s grandfather and grandmother were born in the United States but each of their fathers was still an Italian citizen at the time of these births. This made Kathy hopeful she could gain Italian citizenship but her case fell under two loopholes which are explained in the show.
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