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11. Posted by xxxxxxx (Inactive 36 posts) 12y

IMonaghan- How do the "Ancestry Visas" work? My grandfather was born in Italy and came to the US when he was 12. In the past I've looked into ways to gain employment in Europe, and it seemed to me that there was no hope.

12. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 12y

I have sent off an email to the Italian embassy for you.. None of my family is of an Italian background so I do not really have any idea on their laws, but when I hear back from them I will post the results here.

13. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 12y

cg8tr - unless the rules have changed very recently (and in fairness they might have), you should'nt have any problems getting Italian citizenship, providing you can prove that he was born in Italy.

However, fairly sure also that he had to have kept his Italian citizenship his whole life - if he exchanged it for an American (as allot of imigrants did), It MIGHT well be invalid and so won't work for you. No harm in trying anyway.

The proof thing is veryimportant though, particualry in Italy, as any number of peple have come up with a grandparent who was allegedly Italian (especially Arg/Uru people it seems) in order to gain citizenship which have later (too late) been discovered to be fake, so the Italians are starting to check up more carefully.

Best of luck on your quest

14. Posted by bordo071 (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y

How about moving to southern part of Switzerland? Like Lugano or Bellinzona. They all speak Italian in southern part, and you are only 10 minutes from Lugano to Italy. Also if you are lucky to get to work in Switzelrand they'll pay you a lot more then Italians would

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