Italian Roots to Italian Passport: Citizenship Step-By-Step PRE-RECORDED


“Kathy, my wife Cate and I personally thank you and your colleagues for the excellent training that you provide regarding pursuit of a dual citizenship Italy-USA. The information that has been thorough and fantastic.
It clarified a lot of questions that we have regarding the process.”
— Walt Drosjack, Participated in the March 2022 Workshop

NOTE: This is a PRE-RECORDED version of our last live workshop, if you sign up for this option you will receive an email with the last session’s videos, workbook and link for a personal consultation with Melanie. But if you can, we suggest taking the next LIVE WORKSHOP in February/March 2023!

Do you have Italian ancestry?

Are you interested in finding out if you can claim Italian citizenship?

Are you looking for an easier way to move to, retire in or spend longer amounts of time in Italy with an Italian passport?

Join Dream of Italy host and founder Kathy McCabe (who is claiming her Italian citizenship right now) and Melanie Holtz of Lo Schiavo Genealogica for a two-part virtual workshop on tracing your ancestry, determining your citizenship eligibility.

What’s included:

  • Links to the two recorded video sessions of the workshop
  • Companion workbook (PDF)
  • One-hour FREE consultation with Melanie to go over your specific case and citizenship eligibility

Descendants of Italian immigrants all over the world are finding that they are eligible for Italian citizenship through descent (jure sanguinis or right of blood). Interest in reclaiming Italian citizenship has skyrocketed over the last 10 to 15 years! So much so, that challenges exist in getting timely citizenship appointments and applications approved within a reasonable timeframe. The recent pandemic has made the acquisition of the documentation necessary to prove eligibility quite a challenge.

This two-part virtual workshop will provide a detailed overview of everything you need to know about reclaiming your Italian citizenship by descent. Whether you want to apply at your local Italian consulate, need to apply through filing a court case in Italy (like Kathy is) or want to go live in Italy and apply there (an exciting alternative), this two-part workshop will tell you everything you need to know! [See below for a full outline of both sessions of the virtual workshop!]



Here’s what Kathy and Melanie covered:

First Session of Two-Part Workshop – Recorded – You Will Receive Video Link


What is Italian dual citizenship?

  • What are the benefits?
  • What are the cons?
  • Reasons people seek to claim their Italian citizenship

Determining eligibility  

  • What are the applicable laws?
  • How can you find out more about your family tree?
  • Common issues that make you ineligible
  • Sample determination case

Consulate cases 

  • Preparation of documentation
  • Consular appointments and challenges
  • Problems and pitfalls
  • What happens after approval?
  • What happens if you are denied?
  • Review of Case Study # 1

1948 cases 

  • Hiring a citizenship attorney
  • Where are these cases heard? Recent jurisdictional changes
  • Preparation of documentation – what do you need?
  • Problems and pitfalls
  • What happens after citizenship is granted?
  • Review of Case Study # 2 
  • DIY vs. Service provider

Other types of citizenship cases that are heard in Italian courts

Q & A


Second Session of Two-Part Workshop – Recorded – You Will Receive Video Link


Onsite (in-Italy) applications

Process of applying in Italy 

  • Declaring your presence
  • Requirements for residency
  • Finding a residence Types of rental contracts
  • Getting your codice fiscale (consulate or in-Italy)
  • What documentation is needed or not needed
  • Application for residency (your responsibilities and landlord’s duties)
  • Application for citizenship (Information and marco di bolla)
  • Visas
    For tourism
    For citizenship purposes (applicant)
    How to apply
    Visa appointment
  • Visa for spouses
    Type and how to apply
    Visa appointment
    Same-gender spouses
  • What happens after citizenship is granted?

Preparation of documentation

  • What documents do you need?
  • What documents don’t you need?
  • Apostilles
  • Translations and certifications

Problems and pitfalls

DIY vs. Service provider

Case Study #3 – an onsite (in-Italy) application from start to finish


  • What is it and how to register
  • Transcription of vital records

Getting your passport

  • Outside Italy
  • In Italy
  • Traveling with two passports

Q & A

You will also receive a PDF of the companion workbook and details on how to book your FREE personal one-hour consultation with Melanie on determining your eligibility for citizenship! 

You might also enjoy reading the PBS special companion book – Dream of Italy: Travel, Transform and Thrive – which includes a thorough chapter on ancestry and citizenship. Purchase a signed paperback or a digital copy of the book.