I've been doing a bit of searching around the web and on various boards but haven't really come to anything that relates to my situation. I won't mention the brexit event too much but its really put a spanner in the works for what I had hoped for after I had finished my Doctorate degree... and also if the media reports are correct with Stanley Johnson applying for French citizenship based on being an apparent descendant of a french national, then it had me wondering if my future plans could be revived.
Basically, my parents split when I was around 14 years old (I'm 35yr old now)... since then I've been isolated from my fathers side of the family and have felt like I would be shunned by my family if I were to ever contact the other side of the family. With good reason I might add, he isn't a very nice person and was officially charged with offenses that I do not wish to discuss at this time as I feel they somehow reflect on me, but it involved my sister whom had a different biological father...
So cutting to the chase after all that waffle.... my grandmother on my fathers side immigrated to Italy and was married to an Italian national. I think they were married in the 70's or 80's. It was always my intention that once I had finished my current doctorate degree, that I would be able to move to Germany, France, Italy or Spain after completion of this degree and try to reconnect with these long lost relatives if they are still alive and kicking, whilst also setting up my life on the continent. But now I have been stripped of these rights although Europe has always felt more like home than the one I am forced to currently reside in.
So the basic question that I have is... would I have even the remotest of chances in successfully applying for an Italian citizenship based on my Grandmothers status? The other issue that I have is I have no idea if she has unfortunately passed away. I've been trying to find official records of both the marriage and if there was a death certificate if the worst has occured but the Italian records do not seem to be as open access as the british records.. she was born in 1936 after all but it would seem that if there was the possibility of her still being alive, I could be quickly running out of time to reconnect and finding out about some of my real ancestry.
I don't wish to cause any political debate here but I'd also like to renounce my citizenship to this country as soon as possible if I could get Italian citizenship. I no longer even recognise this country anymore and feel its political stance is against my moral beliefs and doesn't really reflect sensibly on what the people want. I hope this doesn't offend anybody, it's truly not my intention and I believe everybody has the right to be proud of their country if they so wish, but I also believe that you should also have the right to feel a connection to the land you live upon.
Sorry for the long post and the story of my pathetic life events
maybe it's all just a fairytale in my head.