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How to Get an Italian Consulate Appointment
If you’re an American citizen who has determined you’re eligible for Italian citizenship via jure sanguinis—meaning you have an Italian parent, grandparent, or great-grandparent and meet other requirements for jure sanguinis—your next steps are:
- Gathering your ancestor’s information—full name, date of birth, and town of birth.
- Obtaining the appropriate supporting documentation—including Italian vital records, your ancestor’s Certificate of Naturalization, and others.
- Applying for Italian citizenship.
- Getting an Italian consulate appointment with your regional consular office; your Italian consulate office will review your case and ultimately decide whether you qualify for Italian citizenship.
What’s a Consulate?
Consulates are branches of an embassy—think of them as “junior” embassies. An embassy represents one country like Italy in another country like the U.S.
Since there’s only one Italian embassy in the U.S. in Washington D.C., and the U.S. is so large, it’s necessary to have consulate offices scattered regionally throughout the country. Currently, there are nine Italian consulates in the United States in the following cities:
- Boston—serving the states of Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island
- Chicago—serving the states of Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming
- Detroit—serving the states of Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee
- Houston—serving the states of Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma
- Los Angeles—serving the states of Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico, and Southern California (Counties of S. Luis Obispo, Kern, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Imperial Valley, Orange)
- San Francisco—serving the states of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, and California (except Imperial Valley, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura counties), and the American Territories of Samoa, American Territory of Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Johnston Atoll, Wake Island, and Midways Islands
- Miami—serving the states of Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina, as well as Puerto Rico, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Turks, Caicos, St. Maarten, St. Eustatius, Saba, and the Bahamas
- NYC—serving the states of New York and Connecticut, and the British Territories of the Bermuda Islands
- Philadelphia—serving Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland (except Prince George and Montgomery counties), New Jersey (only Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean, and Salem Counties), North Carolina, Virginia (except Fairfax and Arlington counties), and West Virginia
- Evidently, the Washington Embassy also provides Consular Services for the States and Areas of District of Columbia, Maryland (Only Montgomery and Prince George’s counties), Virginia (Only Arlington and Fairfax Counties and the Cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, and Fairfax).
How to Get an Appointment at Your Regional Consulate Office
Your instinct may be to gather all the necessary documentation before making an appointment at your regional consulate office, but keep in mind that wait times for appointments can range from one to six years.
This is why it makes sense to book an appointment as soon as you’ve made a firm determination that you’re eligible for Italian citizenship. Then you can immediately get started gathering the documents you’ll need to present to your consulate office.
How you book your appointment—by phone or online—depends on which consulate office presides over your state according to your legal address. You can only be seen by the consulate for your state. If you live in Arizona, for example, your consulate office is in Los Angeles. Each consulate office operates separately with different timelines, requirements, and results.
Note that if you’re already living in Italy, you can apply directly there.
If you’re still not sure whether you qualify under jure sanguinis, in a nutshell, you must prove that the ancestor you’re applying through did not become a U.S. citizen before the next person in your line of ancestors was born, or that they never became a U.S. citizen at all.
For example, if your father and his father (your paternal grandfather) were born in the United States, but your paternal great-grandfather was an Italian citizen at the time of your grandfather’s birth, you may qualify for Italian citizenship under jure sanguinis. This is just one example. There are many other circumstances under which you may qualify for jure sanguinis under Italian nationality law.
Get Expert Help
The process of obtaining dual citizenship is not easy—it is time-consuming and can be frustrating and confusing at times. This is where professional assistance can be invaluable.
The Italian American Citizenship Assistance Program is staffed by experts who will help you through the process from beginning to end, including guiding you through the steps for obtaining necessary Italian citizenship documents, finding out where and how to make an Italian consulate appointment, and providing translations when needed. We’ve helped hundreds of people become Italian citizens and connect with their heritage.