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|YOUR MATERNAL/PATERNAL GREAT GRANDFATHER WAS AN ITALIAN CITIZEN
If your paternal/maternal great grandfather was not an Italian Citizen, please click here to select the situation that applies to you.
If your paternal or maternal grandfather was born in the United States, your paternal or maternal great grandfather was born in Italy and was an Italian citizen at the time of your paternal or maternal grandfather's birth and neither you nor your father/mother nor your grandfather/grandmother ever renounced your right to Italian citizenship (please note: a person born before 01/01/1948 can claim Italian citizenship only from his/her father (who was not a naturalized citizen of another country before his/her child's birth), and a woman can transfer citizenship only to her children born after 01/01/1948 (if she was not a naturalized citizen of another country before her child's birth), you must obtain the following documents, all in original:
1) YOUR PATERNAL (OR MATERNAL) 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 (OR MATERNAL) GREAT GRANDMOTHER'S BIRTH CERTIFICATE
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 in which it was issued + TRANSLATION to Italian.
4) YOUR PATERNAL (OR MATERNAL) GREAT GRANDFATHER'S CERTIFICATE OF NATURALIZATION or his Italian passport and permanent resident card ("green card").
If the above is not available, you must request the following:
A) A statement from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, P.O.Box 648010, Lee's Summit, MO 64064-8010 AND from the County in which he resided. The statement must show his full name (and any other names he went by on any official documents), place of birth and date of birth, date of the naturalization, certificate number (or, if a legal alien, his permanent resident card number).
5) YOUR PATERNAL (OR MATERNAL) GRANDFATHER'S BIRTH CERTIFICATE with APOSTILLE from the Secretary of State of the State in which it was issued + TRANSLATION to Italian.
B) If the above-mentioned U.S. authorities return a statement of "no record", you must request from the National Archives (www.archives.gov) a full search under his name and nicknames, possible dates of birth which he may have declared, for a certified copy of his "first" and/or "final papers", that is, the "declaration of intention" and "petition for naturalization". If he was naturalized the "final papers" will also show the date and number of his naturalization.
C) If the record is still negative, you need to request the National Archives a certified copy of the census report dating after your birth. In the cases covered by categories 2, 3, 4 and 5 the census report must of course be dated accordingly - i.e. covering the period of the Italian born ascendant's child's birth.
6) YOUR PATERNAL (OR MATERNAL) GRANDMOTHER'S BIRTH CERTIFICATE
7) YOUR PATERNAL (OR MATERNAL) GRANDPARENTS' MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE with APOSTILLE from the Secretary of State of the State in which it was issued + TRANSLATION to Italian.
8) YOUR FATHER'S BIRTH CERTIFICATE with APOSTILLE from the Secretary of State of the State in which it was issued + TRANSLATION to Italian.
9) YOUR MOTHER'S BIRTH CERTIFICATE with APOSTILLE from the Secretary of State of the State in which it was issued + TRANSLATION to Italian. DEPENDING IF YOU ARE APPLYING THROUGH YOUR MATERNAL OR PATERNAL LINE
10) YOUR PARENTS' MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE with APOSTILLE from the Secretary of State of the State in which it was issued + TRANSLATION to Italian.
11) YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE with APOSTILLE from the Secretary of State of the State in which it was issued + TRANSLATION to Italian.
12) YOUR MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE (if applicable) (with APOSTILLE from the Secretary of State of the State in which 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 DIVORCE DECREE/CERTIFICATE (if applicable) (with APOSTILLE from the Secretary of State of the State in which it was issued + TRANSLATION to Italian.) The divorce decree must also include the "certificate of no appeal".
14) YOUR SPOUSE'S BIRTH CERTIFICATE (if applicable)
15) BIRTH CERTIFICATES FOR ALL YOUR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN (if applicable) (with APOSTILLE from the Secretary of State of the State in which it was issued + TRANSLATION to Italian.)
16) YOUR APPLICATION AND YOUR DECLARATIONS THAT YOU AND YOUR ASCENDANT NEVER RENOUNCED ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP BEFORE ANY ITALIAN AUTHORITY, LISTING ALL THE PLACES OF RESIDENCE (see attachments (PDF): 2A - 2B)
17) DEATH CERTIFICATE/S RELATING TO ITALIAN BORN ASCENDANTS ONLY - (with APOSTILLE from the Secretary of State of the State in which it was issued + TRANSLATION to Italian IF FOR YOUR FATHER OR GRANDFATHER).
18) YOUR PATERNAL (OR MATERNAL) 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. 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 can not 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/MATERNAL GREAT GRANDFATHER BECAME A NATURALIZED U.S. CITIZEN BEFORE YOUR PATERNAL/MATERNAL GRANDFATHER'S BIRTH, YOU ARE NOT ENTITLED TO ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP (unless you fit into another category).
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ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL CATEGORIES (please read very carefully):
Birth, Marriage, Divorce certificates in other languages than Italian, relating to Italian born spouses and to you and your minor children must be translated into Italian. Documents that do not need to be translated into Italian are those relating to the "non-Italian" side, death certificates relating to the Italian side, marriage, birth and divorce relating to "intermediate" ancestors who are not applying for citizenship and the U.S. Certificate of Naturalization or any statement releasing information on the naturalization status of the ancestor. APOSTILLE do not need to be translated.
Documents issued in Countries other than U.S.A. or Italy must comply with the local regulations on the legalization of document, they must be legalized in the Country of issue and must be accompanied by a translation into Italian. To find out how a document should be legalized in its country of origin you may contact the competent Italian Consulate/Embassy. A list of all Italian Consulate/Embassies abroad is available at www.esteri.it.
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Check all documents word by word to make sure that there are no discrepancies or changes in the names, last names, dates and places of birth. All documents issued outside Italy must bear the name or family name of the interested parties exactly as issued on the original Italian birth certificate; eg. (Brambilla and not Brimbilla)
All variation 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 other appropriate official document.
Please have a list of all the discrepancies that you found in the documents.
This is required for the Citizenship Office to expedite your request.
When all the required documents have been translated into Italian, you can either mail them to the Italian Consulate of the state where you reside or deliver them in person after having made an appointment with the Citizenship Section, along with the application form completely filled out and with a notarized signature.
(USEFUL TIP!: your can download the citizenship applications for some consulates HERE.)
Please enclose a xerox copy of a valid I.D., showing your current address and return the application form mentioning the Comune in Italy requested for the registration of your civil status documents. It could be either your ancestor's Comune of birth, or the Comune where you intend to establish you residency, or the Comune of Rome.
IF YOU ARE CONCERNED THAT ANY OF THE ABOVE PROCEDURE MAY AFFECT YOUR U.S. CITIZENSHIP YOU SHOULD CONTACT THE LOCAL U.S. AUTHORITIES.
Please note: Information above is provided courtesy of "The Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco"