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Eight Essential Step for Obtaining Italian Citizenship by Descent
One path to obtaining Italian citizenship is by descent from an Italian ancestor. If you already are considered a U.S. citizen, you can apply and obtain dual citizenship status. Doing so opens up a world of opportunities. Not only do you have the full rights of a U.S. citizen but also the full rights afforded a European Union citizen in any European Union county.
Although the process of securing your dual citizenship can seem overwhelming, fortunately you can obtain Italian citizenship assistance through us at the Italian American Citizenship Assistance Program. We will work with you on every step of the process to help you secure the necessary documentation, naturalization records, and translations required to obtain your dual citizenship status.
To help get you started, we have outlined the eight essential steps you will need to complete to secure your Italian passport and citizenship status.
Step 1: Conduct Ancestor Research
The first step to your dual citizenship is to identify your Italian ancestor. It is important to make sure you know their full name, the town of birth, date of birth, and the names of their parents. Sometimes you may uncover more than one ancestor you can use, so use the one with the most information.
Step 2: Request Naturalization Records
The next step involved obtaining the naturalization and citizenship records for your ancestor. These will help determine your eligibility for dual citizenship status. Do not worry, as we will help you with the request, as well as review the records to determine your eligibility based upon Italian Citizenship requirements and laws.
Step 3: Secure Official Italian Records for Your Ancestor
The third step is to request a copy of the original birth certificate and marriage record for the appropriate consulate jurisdiction. Depending on the jurisdiction, you may only need to secure the marriage record and in others will need both, and sometimes also the death records.
Step 4: Request Official Copies of Vital U.S. Records
The Italian consulate will provide us with a list of required vital records you must obtain. We will work with you to help you secure all of the records on the list. Each one must be certified copies in long form.
Step 5: Authenticate Vital U.S. Records with an Apostille
Once all of your vital records have been procured, the next step is to have them authenticated by an apostille. We will help you obtain your authentication, as well as send the originals to the appropriate government office.
Step 6: Have Vital U.S. Records Translated into Italian
Each Italian consulate jurisdiction will have its own set of requirements on which records must be translated into Italian. We can take care of any translations needed, which are then attached to the original, certified vital records.
Step 7: Apply for Dual Citizenship Status
This step is where you will apply for dual citizenship status at an Italian consulate. Every adult applicant must submit their own application in person. If there are any issues, you will be informed immediately. Otherwise, your application is submitted for processing.
Step 8: Pick Up Your Italian-Issued Passport
It may take a little time between submitting your application and obtaining your Italian passport. The consulate will contact you once you have been approved for an Italian citizenship. After the administrative way is completed, all you have to do is schedule an appointment and apply for your Italian passport.
Please keep in mind, this is just a general overview of the steps required for obtaining Italian citizenship. It is presented for educational and informational purposes only.
We understand each case can be unique with its own set of challenges and issues. Last, the decision regarding your Italian citizenship is made by the Italian consulate. It is vital to ensure you have everything required prior to applying for dual citizenship status.
For Italian citizenship assistance in securing dual citizenship status, current Italian citizenship requirements, and help translating U.S. documents, please feel free to contact us at (305) 812-5512 today!