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If your paternal great-grandfather was not an Italian Citizen at the time of your grandfather's birth, please CLICK HERE to select the situation that applies to you.

If your paternal grandfather was born in your native country, your paternal great grandfather was an Italian citizen at the time of his birth and neither you nor your father nor your grandfather ever renounced your right to Italian citizenship, you must obtain the following documents, ALL IN ORIGINAL:

1) YOUR PATERNAL GREAT GRANDFATHER'S BIRTH CERTIFICATE FROM ITALY (the birth certificate must be either in "formato internazionale", or in "estratto per riassunto" showing his father and mother's names). Order his Birth Certificate through My Italian Family.

2) YOUR PATERNAL GREAT GRANDMOTHER'S BIRTH CERTIFICATE (see above, or, if in the U.S.A., request a "certified copy" or a "long form" or a "full form"; (not "certification" or "abstract"). Order her Birth Certificate through My Italian Family if she was also born in Italy.

3) YOUR PATERNAL GREAT GRANDPARENTS' MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE (if the marriage took place in 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 where it was issued + TRANSLATION to Italian. 

4) YOUR PATERNAL GREAT GRANDFATHER'S CERTIFICATE OF NATURALIZATION or his Italian passport and permanent resident card ("green card").

Send a request to the USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) through their website at: www.uscis.gov/genealogy. Click: Order Online Now. You will start with an INDEX Search. 

REMEMBER: if the USCIS comes back with an official “Statement of No Record” the Italian Consulate requires more documentation such as:

1) A full search at the National Archives under your Ancestor’s name and nicknames, possible dates of birth which he or she may have declared, for a certified copy of his or her "first" and/or "final papers", that is, the "declaration of intention" and "petition for naturalization". If he or she was naturalized the "final papers" that is, the "declaration of intention" and "petition for naturalization", will also show the date and number of his or her naturalization.

2) If the record is still negative, a search at the National Archives for a certified copy of the census report dating after your Ancestor’s son or daughter’s birth has to take place as well. Census records list naturalization information.  The census report must of course be dated accordingly - i.e. covering the period of the Italian born ascendant's child's birth.

All of this can take place at National Archives (NARA)

5) YOUR PATERNAL GRANFATHER’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE (you must obtain a "certified copy" a.k.a. "full form" or "long form" (not abstract), with an APOSTILLE from the Secretary of State of the State where it was issued + TRANSLATION to Italian.

6) YOUR PATERNAL GRANDMOTHER’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE

7) YOUR PATERNAL GRANDPARENTS’ MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE (you must obtain a "certified copy" a.k.a. "full form" or "long form" (not abstract), with an APOSTILLE from the Secretary of State of the State where it was issued + TRANSLATION to Italian.

8) YOUR FATHER’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE (you must obtain a "certified copy" a.k.a. "full form" or "long form" (not abstract), with an APOSTILLE from the Secretary of State of the State where it was issued + TRANSLATION to Italian.

9) YOUR MOTHER’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE

10) YOUR PARENTS’ MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE (you must obtain a "certified copy" a.k.a. "full form" or "long form" (not abstract), with an APOSTILLE from the Secretary of State of the State where it was issued + TRANSLATION to Italian.

11) YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE (you must obtain a "certified copy" a.k.a. "full form" or "long form" (not abstract), with an APOSTILLE from the Secretary of State of the State where it was issued + TRANSLATION to Italian.

12) YOUR MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE (if applicable) with an APOSTILLE from the Secretary of State of the State where it was issued + TRANSLATION to Italian. If your marriage certificate lacks information such as dates and places of birth, you must also obtain a certified copy of the marriage application/license.

13) YOUR SPOUSE'S BIRTH CERTIFICATE (if applicable)

14) YOUR DIVORCE DECREE/CERTIFICATE (if applicable) with an APOSTILLE from the Secretary of State of the State where it was issued + TRANSLATION to Italian. The divorce decree must also include the "certificate of no appeal".

15) BIRTH CERTIFICATES FOR ALL YOUR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN (if applicable) with an APOSTILLE from the Secretary of State of the State where it was issued + TRANSLATION to Italian.

16) DEATH CERTIFICATES FOR ANYONE LISTED ABOVE  with an APOSTILLE from the Secretary of State of the State where it was issued + TRANSLATION to Italian if your FATHER, GRANDFATHER or GREAT GRANDFATHER.

14) YOUR APPLICATION AND YOUR DECLARATIONS THAT YOU AND YOUR ASCENDANT NEVER RENOUNCED ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP BEFORE ANY ITALIAN AUTHORITY, LISTING ALL THE PLACES OF RESIDENCE:

Form 1 – Application of Italian Citizenship

Form 2 – Application of Italian Citizenship

Form 3 – Application of Italian Citizenship OR

Form 4 – Application of Italian Citizenship

NOTE: You don’t need to have these forms notarized. 

15) COPY OF YOUR PASSPORT AND DRIVER'S LICENSE

15) YOUR PATERNAL GREAT GRANDFATHER’S CERTIFICATE OF ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP FROM ITALY, also known as a "certificato di cittadinanza italiana" (Note: Most Italian embassies and consulates do NOT require this certificate. Please check with the Italian Consulate of the State where you reside. Order a Certificate of Italian Citizenship through My Italian Family.  

All US certificates must be in "CERTIFED COPY" a.k.a. "LONG FORM" or "FULL FORM" Certificates reporting only the "County" of birth cannot be accepted. You must request the Vital Statistics Authority to state the CITY OF BIRTH. For more information please visit our page of Addresses of Vital Records Offices.

IF YOUR PATERNAL 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).