Documents and Requirements to apply for Italian Citizenship

As a general rule, the Law recognizes the possibility to acquire Italian citizenship to individuals born from a father of Italian citizenship (or from a father who had not yet renounced to Italian citizenship when such individual was born) After the entry into force of the Constitution of 1948, the same criteria apply to those born after January 1, 1948 from a mother of Italian citizenship.​​

​U.S. issued vital records (birth, marriage, and death certificates) that are to be recorded in Italy must be in long form and bear the registrar’s raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal and the date the certificate was filed with the registrar’s office.

1) Your father was an Italian citizen at the time of your birth and you never renounced your right to the Italian citizenship.

2) Your mother was an Italian citizen at the time of your birth, you were born after January 1st, 1948 and you never renounced your right to the Italian citizenship.

3) Your father was born in the United States or a Country other than Italy, your paternal grandfather was an Italian citizen at the time of his birth, neither you nor your father ever renounced your right to the Italian citizenship.

4) Your mother was born in the United States or a Country other than Italy, your maternal grandfather was an Italian citizen at the time of her birth, you were born after January 1, 1948 and neither you nor your mother ever renounced your right to the Italian citizenship.

5) Your paternal or maternal grandfather was born in the United States, your paternal great grandfather was an Italian citizen at the time of his birth, neither you nor your father nor your grandfather ever renounced your right to Italian citizenship. (Please note: a grandmother born before 01/01/1948 can claim Italian citizenship only from her father and can transfer it only to children born after 01/01/1948.

Each document must also have affixed an APOSTILLE (According to the Hague Convention  Dec. 5th, 1961). “Apostille” is the legalization provided by the Office of the Secretary of State of the Country where the certificate is issued. Please note: it is not a stamp on the certificate. It is a legalization that is a separate form, stapled to the birth/marriage/death/ certificate. The Apostille does not require any translation. If you were born in the United States (or any other Country where citizenship is acquired by birth) and any one of the situations listed below pertain to you, you may be considered an Italian citizen. (For each category all conditions must be met).

​NOTE: “Italian citizen at the time of “birth” means that he/she did not acquire any other citizenship through naturalization, before the descendant’s birth.

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Below is a list of the General Requirements for Italian Citizenship “jure sanguinis,” please note that some of the requirements vary between the Consulate Jurisdictions, please go to the end of this page to read about the specific variations.

If number 1 applies to you, you must obtain the following documents, all in original:

1) YOUR FATHER’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE from the “Comune” where your father was born, in “formato internazionale”, or in “estratto per riassunto” showing his parents names.

2) YOUR MOTHER’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE (see above or, if she was born in the U.S.A., request a “certified copy” or a “long form” or a “full form”).

3) YOUR PARENTS’ MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE from Italy. If it took place in the U.S.A., you must obtain a “certified copy” of the license and certificate and an “APOSTILLE” from the Secretary of State of the State in which it was issued; TRANSLATED INTO ITALIAN

4) A COPY OF YOUR FATHER’S CERTIFICATE OF NATURALIZATION or his Italian passport and permanent resident card.

5) YOUR CIVIL RECORDS: BIRTH CERTIFICATE, MARRIAGE CERTFICATE, BIRTH CERTFICATES OF CHILDREN UNDER 18; DIVORCE CERTIFICATE IF APPLICABLE. You must obtain a “certified copies” of “full form” or “long form” not abstract, of all certificates, authenticated with an APOSTILLE from the Secretary of State in which they were issued. The Certificates must be TRANSLATED INTO ITALIAN.

6) YOUR FATHER’S DEATH CERTIFICATE, if deceased, certified copy and legalized with APOSTILLE and TRANSLATED INTO ITALIAN.

If your father became a naturalized U.S. citizen before your birth, you are not entitled to Italian citizenship (unless you fit into another category).

If number 2 applies to you, you must follow the instructions under paragraph #1, but in regards to your mother.

1) YOUR MOTHER’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE from the “Comune” where your mother was born in “formato internazionale”, or in “estratto per riassunto” showing parents names.

2) YOUR FATHER’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE (see above, or, if he was born in the U.S.A., request a “certified copy” or a “long form” or a “full form”).

3) YOUR PARENTS’ MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE from Italy, follow the procedure above. If it took place in the U.S.A., you must obtain a “certified copy” of the license and certificate and an “APOSTILLE” from the Secretary of State of the State in which it was issued; TRANSLATED INTO ITALIAN

4) A COPY OF YOUR MOTHER’S CERTIFICATE OF NATURALIZATION

5) YOUR CIVIL RECORDS: BIRTH CERTIFICATE, MARRIAGE CERTFICATE, BIRTH CERTFICATES OF CHILDREN UNDER 18; DIVORCE CERTIFCATE IF APPLICABLE. You must obtain a “certified copy” of “full form” or “long form” not abstracts, with an APOSTILLE from the Secretary of State in which it was issued. Birth, Marriage, Divorce Certificates must be TRANSLATED INTO ITALIAN.

6) YOUR MOTHER’S DEATH CERTIFICATE, if deceased, certified copy legalized with Apostille and TRANSLATED INTO ITALIAN.

If your mother became a naturalized U.S. citizen before your birth, you are not entitled to Italian citizenship (unless you fit into another category)

If number 3 applies to you, you must obtain the following:

1) YOUR PATERNAL GRANDFATHER’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE (from Italy)

2) YOUR PATERNAL GRANDMOTHER’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE

3) YOUR GRANDPARENTS’ MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE from Italy, if it took place in the U.S.A., you must obtain a “certified copy” of the license and certificate and an “APOSTILLE” from the Secretary of State of the State in which it was issued; TRANSLATED INTO ITALIAN

4) YOUR GRANDFATHER’S CERTIFICATE OF NATURALIZATION

5) YOUR FATHER’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE, APOSTILLE and TRANSLATED

6) YOUR MOTHER’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE

7) YOUR PARENTS’ MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE, APOSTILLE and TRANSLATED

8) YOUR CIVIL RECORDS: BIRTH CERTIFICATE, MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE, BIRTH CERTIFICATES OF CHILDREN UNDER 18, DIVORCE CERTIFICATE, APOSTILLE and TRANSLATED INTO ITALIAN

9) DEATH CERTIFICATE/S RELATING TO ITALIAN BORN ASCENDANTS ONLY, with APOSTILLE and TRANSLATION

If your grandfather became a naturalized U.S. citizen before your father’s birth, you are not entitled to Italian citizenship (unless you fit into another category).

If number 4 applies to you, you must obtain the following:

1) YOUR MATERNAL GRANDFATHER’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE (from Italy)

2) YOUR MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE

3) YOUR MATERNAL GRANDPARENTS’ MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE from Italy, if it took place in the U.S.A., you must obtain a “certified copy” of the license and certificate and an “APOSTILLE” from the Secretary of State of the State in which it was issued; TRANSLATED INTO ITALIAN

4) YOUR MATERNAL GRANDFATHER’S CERTIFICATE OF NATURALIZATION

5) YOUR MOTHER’ S BIRTH CERTIFICATE, APOSTILLE and TRANSLATED

6) YOUR FATHER’ S BIRTH CERTIFICATE

7) YOUR PARENTS’ MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE, APOSTILLE and TRANSLATED

8) YOUR CIVIL RECORDS: BIRTH CERTIFICATE, MARRIAGE CERITFICATE, BIRTH CERTFICATES OF CHILDREN UNDER 18; DIVORCE CERTIFICATE, APOSTILLE AND TRANSLATION

9) DEATH CERTIFICATE/S RELATING TO THE ITALIAN BORN ASCENDANTS ONLY with APOSTILLE and TRANSLATION

If your grandfather became a naturalized U.S. citizen before your mother’s birth, you are not entitled to Italian citizenship (unless you fit into another category).

If number 5 applies to you, you must obtain the following:

1) YOUR PATERNAL GREAT GRANDFATHER’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE (from Italy)

2) YOUR PATERNAL GREAT GRANDMOTHER’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE

3) YOUR PATERNAL GREAT GRANDPARENTS’ MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE from Italy, if it took place in the U.S.A., you must obtain a “certified copy” of the license and certificate and an “APOSTILLE” from the Secretary of State of the State in which it was issued; TRANSLATED INTO ITALIAN

4) YOUR PATERNAL GREAT GRANDFATHER’S CERTIFICATE OF NATURALIZATION

5) YOUR PATERNAL GRANDFATHER’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE, APOSTILLE and TRANSLATED

6) YOUR PATERNAL GRANDMOTHER’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE

7) YOUR PATERNAL GRANDPARENTS’ MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE, APOSTILLE and TRANSLATED

8) YOUR FATHER’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE, APOSTILLE and TRANSLATED

9) YOUR MOTHER’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE

10) YOUR PARENTS’ MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE, APOSTILLE and TRANSLATED

11) YOUR CIVIL RECORDS: BIRTH CERTIFICATE, MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE, BIRTH CERTIFICATES OF CHILDREN UNDER 18; DIVORCE CERTIFICATE, APOSTILLE and TRANSLATED INTO ITALIAN

12) DEATH CERTIFICATE/S RELATING TO THE ITALIAN BORN ASCENDANTS ONLY with APOSTILLE and TRANSLATION.

If your great grandfather became a naturalized U.S. citizen before your paternal grandfather’s birth, you are not entitled to Italian citizenship (unless you fit into another category).

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GENERAL NOTE​

1​​​​. All of your Certificates will be new “Certified Copies” a.k.a. “Long Form” or “Full Form” (not “certification” or “abstract”).

2. Your Non-Italian Birth / Marriage / Death records related to the “Italian side” will bear an apostille (according to Hague Convention of Dec. 5, 1961) except for the Certificate of Naturalization and/or similar documentation.

3. All of your Certificates in other languages than Italian, will be translated into Italian. The only document which will not be translated and does not need an “Apostille” is the U.S. Certificate of Naturalization or any statement releasing information on the naturalization status of the interested party.
Foreign Documents and Discrepancies:

Your documents issued in Countries other than the U.S.A. or Italy must comply with the local regulations on the legalization of documents, they must be translated into Italian and the translation certified by the Italian Consulate/Embassy in the Country where the document was issued. To find out how a document should be legalized in its Country of origin you must obtain the information in the website of the competent Italian Consulate/Embassy.

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IMPORTANT

Check all documents word for word to make sure that there are no discrepancies or changes in the names, last names, dates and places of birth. If there are major discrepancies in last names, dates, ages, and places of birth these variations or errors must be corrected with an official “affidavit to amend a record” to be requested from the Vital Statistics Office that issued the document or with another appropriate official document.
Our ICA services do not include amendments to vital records.