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If you’ve got parents, grandparents (and in some cases even great-grandparents) from Germany, Italy, Ireland or several other countries, then you may be part of what I call ‘the lucky bloodline club’.

In this article, you’ll learn how to take advantage of this and how to get citizenship by descent as well as a valuable second passport through your ancestry.

Citizenship By Descent is just ONE of FOUR ways to obtain a Second Passport & Citizenship…

Not everyone is lucky enough to qualify for citizenship by descent, but fortunately there are options that allow anyone to get a second passport (without paying hundreds of thousands of Dollars for it…).

Download our free guide on The Four Passports ANYONE Can Obtain (Including a European one) to learn more.

  • Four second passports ANYONE can obtain
  • Which country will give you a second passport while spending barely any time there.
  • How to get an excellent second passport from Europe.
  • Which second passport option is the most affordable and best value.
  • Where you can get a valuable second passport in less than HALF the time compared to other countries.

Benefits Of a Second Passport & Citizenship Through Ancestry

Being part of the lucky bloodline club is a very big deal. There are countless numbers of people who spend upwards of $2 million to buy a second citizenship. Others uproot their families and move abroad for up to 7 years to get citizenship through naturalization. 

They do this because they realize the incredible value of a second citizenship and passport. After all — a second passport gives you the lifelong benefit of more options to live, work, invest, travel and do business around the world.

That makes a second passport one of the best investments you can ever make. 

And these benefits don’t just apply to you. Future generations of your family who won’t be born for decades will receive the same benefits because of the investment you made today.

What does Citizenship By Descent mean?​

Citizenship by descent is a form of birthright citizenship. It means that if you have ancestors (such as parents, grandparents, or even great-grandparents) from a country, you may be eligible to become a citizen of that country yourself.

This right is also oftentimes referred to as jus sanguinis (Latin for “blood rights” or “law of the bloodline”).

This applies to Americans too. Even if you were born in the US and  hold only American citizenship, you may be eligible for foreign citizenship by ancestry, depending on where your ancestors hailed from. This includes the right to a second passport, which can give you more freedom than your current passport allows.

Citizenship through ancestry is particularly common in Europe, which means it is one of the easiest ways to get European citizenship and a European second passport.

European citizenship gives you the right to live, work and do business in all 28 European Union countries — like France, Spain, Germany, and Sweden. 

There are a lot of benefits to that. For example, if you’re not finding the right employment opportunities at home, you can broaden your search to Europe. And if you have children, they would get access to the European educational system, which is mostly free.

A second passport & citizenship also ensures that, no matter what happens next in your country, you always have another place to go, to live, to work, to do business, to retire, and in some cases, even seek refuge.

That way, when things go bad, you can take yourself and your family out of harm’s way. 

If you’re a US citizen, that’s likely why your ancestors first came to America. 

And there may come a time when you decide that going back to the country of your ancestors is in your family’s best interest. 

Ultimately, a second passport is all about giving you more options. And the more options you have, the more freedom you will experience.

Obtaining citizenship through ancestry is usually straightforward. 

However, it can be difficult at times, depending on the country and its bureaucratic procedures.

For most countries, the application process is simple enough that you can do it yourself. 

But you may still want to consider hiring a professional immigration lawyer or professional genealogist to help you with the research and application.

If you believe that you have foreign ancestry, you should begin the following process to see if you qualify for citizenship through your bloodline.

Here are the steps to get a second passport & citizenship through your ancestry:

Step #1: Determine if you have ancestry that could lead to citizenship by descent

First, begin by talking to some of your relatives, and them to guide you through your family history. 

 You should try to find out where your grandparents have emigrated from, and whether they still hold – or have claims to – citizenship from their home countries.

Then, you should visit the consular website of the country you think you might be eligible to acquire citizenship from. Look for answers to the questions: 

  • How many generations back can you go and still have a claim on citizenship? 
  • Do both parents/grandparents need to be citizens, or is one enough?
  • What documents do you need to process the application?

Some countries will allow you to claim citizenship if your parents are from there. And others allow you to claim citizenship by descent through your grandparents, great-grandparents or even further.

You’ll find a list of popular countries that offer citizenship through ancestry and their requirements further down in the article.

Step #2: Determine if you are eligible

Requirements for eligibility vary from country to country, but you will usually have to demonstrate an uninterrupted lineage between you and your ancestors. 

Most often, “uninterrupted” means that no ancestor renounced or lost their citizenship before passing it on to the next descendant in your lineage.

For example, if your grandfather moved from Italy to the US and naturalized as a US citizen, he would have given up his Italian citizenship. 

But if your father was born before your grandfather got his US citizenship, your grandfather would have passed on his Italian citizenship by descent to your father before he lost it. The lineage would not be broken.

(To get an even better idea of how this works, I encourage you to download our Italian Citizenship By Descent report. Although it is specific to Italy, it is a great example of how this process works.)

Important Note:

Any test you take that show that your DNA is partially from another country will  not be relevant to foreign governments. They are more concerned with the documentation that you can provide, and not your DNA. They want you to prove that you qualify for citizenship through ancestry.

Step #3: Start gathering all the required documents

Once you’ve determined that you are entitled to citizenship, start going through the list of requirements and gathering all the documentation you need to prove that you are eligible to claim citizenship through ancestry.

This usually will include your birth certificate and those of your ancestors, related marriage, divorce and  naturalization certificates (if applicable), as well as your current passport.

These documents usually need to be apostilled and translated into the country’s local language.

Step #4: Submit your application

Most countries also require you to make an appointment at the local consulate to review and verify your application in person. 

If everything goes well, you’ll  have your new second passport shortly after…

Pro Tip:

Embassies tend to be overwhelmed with requests for appointments like these and it can take months or even years until they can see you. Therefore it’s usually best to make an appointment as soon as possible and continue collecting your documentation while you wait for it.

What to do if you do NOT qualify for Citizenship By Descent…

Although getting a second passport & citizenship through your ancestry is by far the easiest, cheapest and quickest option, it’s NOT the only one.

If it turns out you are not eligible or if your application is declined, don’t lose hope. There are other options…

In fact, there are four ways to obtain a second passport & citizenship and one of them is very low cost and available to EVERYONE.

I encourage you to learn more about that option inside our free report The Four Passports ANYONE Can Obtain (Including a European One)

Inside you’ll also learn…

  • Which country will give you a Second Passport while spending barely any time there.
  • How to get an excellent Second Passport from Europe.
  • Which Second Passport Option is the most affordable and best value.
  • Where you can get a valuable Second Passport in less than HALF the time compared to other countries.

Countries that offer Citizenship By Descent

Here’s a list of countries that grant citizenship by descent and their eligibility requirements:

If you are already a member of Sovereign Man: Confidential, you also have access to in-depth intelligence reports on each of these countries.

German
Citizenship By Descent

German-Americans represent 17% of the total US population and are the largest ethnic group in America. 

In the Sovereign Man Passport Ranking, the German passport ranks as the 6th best in the world and gives holders visa-free access to 162 countries, including all of Europe, the US, Canada, and the UK.

Unfortunately, German citizenship law is strict. Germany’s immigration authorities are not interested in any ancestors beyond your parents. Therefore, claiming citizenship through your German grandparents is not an option.

However, you can still claim your German citizenship by descent if…

  • You were born before 1975 as the legitimate child of a German citizen father.
  • You were born after 1975 as the legitimate child of a German citizen father or mother.
  • You were born after June 1993 as the illegitimate child of a German citizen father and paternity is proven before you turn 23. 

But despite Germany’s strict laws, there is another potential option for you to claim German citizenship:

The German Citizenship Project.

Article 116 of the German Constitution states that descendants of Germans who had their citizenship revoked between 30 January 1933 and 8 May 1945  on political, racial, or religious grounds may have a right to reclaim their German citizenship. 

So, if you have ancestors who had their citizenship taken away under Nazi rule, you might be eligible to claim German citizenship by ancestry.

Note that this law doesn’t just apply to Jews, but to anyone whose ancestors were persecuted on political, racial or religious grounds. For example, if your grandfather was persecuted in Germany for being a communist, then you might be eligible for German citizenship.

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Italian
Citizenship By Descent

Gaining Italian citizenship through ancestry is straightforward. You can go as far back as a grandparent or even a great-grandparent to claim citizenship through your bloodline.

Italian citizenship law is built upon the idea of ‘uninterrupted lineage’. This means that no ancestor at any time renounced their Italian citizenship before passing their citizenship to their children.

For example, if your grandfather immigrated to the US and naturalized as a US citizen, he would have renounced his Italian citizenship. However, if your father was born before your grandfather gained US citizenship, then your father would have inherited Italian citizenship by descent. The lineage would still be intact. 

There are some exceptions and challenges you will have to consider..

One of them is “The Rule of 1948”, which states that women cannot pass citizenship to children born before January 1st, 1948. In other words, if your grandmother was born in 1922 and your father was born in 1942, you would not be eligible for citizenship.

If you think this rule makes it impossible for you to obtain citizenship by descent, here are the good news: 

In 2009, the Italian Supreme Court overturned the ruling.  But the Italian government is slow and the ruling from 2009 has still not been made law.

If your application is affected by this rule, it will initially be rejected. But you can take this rejection to court and get it appealed.

Pro Tip:

One little-known benefit of having Italian citizenship is that you can very quickly and easily get permanent residency in Panama using the “The Mutual Friendship, Commerce and Navigation Treaty.” 

And Panama residency is an excellent option because of its territorial tax system…

The Fast Track Option...

Although Italian citizenship by descent is an excellent second passport option, it can take up to 1.5 years to get an appointment to review your application— depending on how busy your local consulate is.

But there is a little-known Italian citizenship by descent expedited fast-track option that cuts the entire process down to just a few months. It’s certainly not for everyone, but for a lot of people it is a fantastic option. 

We’ve covered it in-depth for members of our flagship international diversification service, Sovereign Man: Confidential.

Usually it costs $995 per year to join and get access to this report. But since so many Americans qualify for Italian citizenship by descent, we’ve decided to make that intelligence report free for readers of this article for a short time.

Click here to download our in-depth intelligence report on How To Get Italian Citizenship By Descent And Ancestry.

Even if you don’t have Italian ancestry, I still encourage you to download it, because it is a great example of how the process works.

Irish
Citizenship By Descent

Ireland has one of the most straightforward processes for obtaining citizenship by descent. That’s because Ireland allows you to trace your Irish ancestry back to your grandparents and in certain cases even great-grandparents.

On top of that, if either of your parents was an Irish citizen at the time of your birth, then you are also an Irish citizen. 

And if you have a grandparent who was born in Ireland, then you are also entitled to Irish citizenship by descent, even if you and your parents were born outside of Ireland.

If that is the case for you, you can start by registering yourself in the Foreign Birth Register and then applying for citizenship.

It gets a little more complicated if you need to go through a great-grandparent. In that case, you are only eligible if one of your parents has registered themselves in the past using the same procedure.

If you were born in or before 1986, your parents must have been registered between 1956 and 1986. And if you were born after 1986, they must have been registered before you were born.

The Irish government’s website has a questionnaire that can help you determine whether you qualify for Irish citizenship by descent and provides more information here.

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Polish
Citizenship By Descent

Just like Italy, Poland’s citizenship laws are built around the idea of “uninterrupted lineage.” That means you have to make sure that no Polish ancestor in your lineage renounced their Polish citizenship at any time. 

The good news is that Poland is generous with how far back you can trace your ancestry. If you have a great-grandparent who was born in Poland, then you could claim citizenship through descent.

The bad news is that despite the country’s complicated war history, Poland is very strict with respect to documentation. This is true despite the nation’s complicated war history. The burden of proof is on you and the problem is that many family histories were destroyed by war.

Unfortunately, no matter the circumstances, no matter how tragic the family history, the Polish government will demand proper documentation. Officials see everyone’s war history as more or less equally tragic.

That’s why we generally recommend getting professional help by someone who’s very familiar with Poland’s citizenship by descent procedures, such as a law firm or professional genealogist.

(We can only give recommendations on trusted and vetted contacts to our premium members as publishing that information online would overwhelm our contacts.)

Greek
Citizenship By Descent

If you have a parent or grandparent that was born in Greece, then you may be able to claim Greek citizenship through descent. 

Article 10 of the Code of Greek Citizenship states that any Greek- born in another country can apply for Greek citizenship. 

To obtain your Greek citizenship by descent, you’ll have to prove your direct lineage to a  Greek ancestor.

The first critical document you’ll need is a birth certificate of your ancestor that was registered with the local authority (either a Municipal Register or the Male Register of Greece).

It is important to note that the Greek government is very strict about documentation. Only certificates issued by Greek municipal authorities are accepted. 

This means your ancestor must have been registered at the municipality of a town or village in Greece. This certificate needs to include a municipality number, and will be proof that your ancestor is Greek by birth. 

Next, you’ll need birth, death, and marriage certificates for all subsequent ancestors, whether in Greece or abroad. Any foreign certificates must be translated and certified by an Apostille.

Lithuanian
Citizenship By Descent

Lithuanian law allows you to trace your ancestry back three generations. 

The first thing you’ll need to do is determine when exactly your ancestor(s) left Lithuania.

If at least one of your parents, grandparents or great grandparents were Lithuanian citizens and left Lithuania during or after World War II, then you are likely eligible for dual Lithuanian citizenship.

That means that you can get Lithuanian citizenship and passport while keeping your current citizenship.

If at least one of your parents, grandparents or great grandparents were Lithuanian citizens before World War II but emigrated from Lithuania before 1940, then you can still get Lithuanian citizenship… but you’d have to renounce your current citizenship to swear sole allegiance to Lithuania.

And if your ancestors left Lithuania before 1918, then you will likely not be eligible for citizenship in Lithuania (you might, however, be eligible for citizenship in Latvia).

No matter which ancestor you choose for this process, you must prove that you are related to each person in the chain. This could include a parent, grandparent,  and great-grandparent. 

For example, if your great-grandparent was a Lithuanian citizen, but you cannot find the necessary documents for your grandfather’s citizenship status, the application will be incomplete.

Like most countries once under Soviet control, getting all the right documents can be tricky. That’s why we recommend you hire the services of a specialized lawyer and consult a professional genealogical services firm.

Latvian
Citizenship By Descent

Latvia allows you to trace your ancestry all the way back to your great-grandparents. 

There are two main options for obtaining Latvian citizenship by descent.

First, you can become a citizen through ancestry if one of your parents possesses Latvian citizenship.

Second, you can obtain Latvian citizenship from a grandparent or great-grandparent. There are two routes you can take. Both depend upon when your ancestor held Latvian citizenship.

If your ancestor left Latvia because of Soviet or Nazi occupation, there is a straightforward approach to obtaining citizenship through your bloodline.

You will need to show proof that your ancestor or ancestors left Latvia as a result of the occupation. And, you will need documentation that proves that your ancestors were citizens of Latvia on June 17, 1940. 

The other route is more challenging and requires that your ancestor or ancestors are of Latvian origin and lived in Latvia at some point between 1881 and 1940.

This route widens the timeframe, but it also adds a major requirement: you need to show that you can communicate and understand the Latvian language.

Armenian
Citizenship By Descent

The process of applying for Armenian citizenship through ancestry is straightforward. Armenian law allows you to trace your ancestry back to your grandparents.

Armenian law clearly states that an individual with at least one parent who holds Armenian citizenship can claim citizenship through ancestry.

If you have an Armenian grandparent, the process is a bit more difficult, but still possible. 

For you to claim citizenship through a grandparent, one of your parents needs to go through the process first. Once a parent obtains Armenian citizenship, then you will be able to go through the process yourself and claim citizenship through your parent.

Conclusion & Further Resources

Although this process requires some patience and research, gaining a second passport can prove invaluable. Gaining citizenship through your bloodline comes with many benefits, and each country on our list offers a range of opportunities for you and your family. 

The financial benefits are also important. Your second citizenship has the potential to significantly reduce your tax burden.

US citizens who establish residency abroad can also take advantage of the “Foreign Earned Income Exclusion” provision which allows you to earn over $100,000 per year, tax-free.

And, by obtaining a second passport, you are passing on these opportunities to your children. 

This is what it all comes down to: increasing your options. A second passport opens up new opportunities for you to travel, live, do business and retire.

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