Your application for Italian Citizenship was accepted by the Consulate. Now what?

Due to the high volume of jure sanguinis applications at all Italian Consulates in the United States it is difficult to predict how long it will take until you are notified by your Italian Consulate that you can apply for a passport if you want one. It is not unusual for it to take between 6 and 12 months before you hear from them.

Your Italian Consular Officer may offer a time frame if you ask but more likely than not they will tell you “don’t call us, we will call you”. You will not be able to apply for a passport until you have been notified by the Italian Consulate. When they do notify you they will be give you instructions on how to apply.

There are a number of factors that influence the time it takes to process your application for Italian dual citizenship.  Some factors include but are not limited to:

  • The volume of applications at your particular Italian Consulate.
  • The size of the Italian Consular staff processing applications.
  • The length of time it takes for your documents to get to your ancestor’s Comune where they are registered.
  • The length of time it takes for the Comune to register the documents and communicate back to your Italian Consulate.

If you still are not satisfied with the Consulate communication and you want to learn if you documents have been recorded in Italy you can request a copy of your birth record from Italy or a copy of your marriage record if applicable. By doing this you will at least know if your records are on file in Italy and then you can continue to contact the Italian Consulate with this information in hand. 

There is really nothing that an applicant can do to expedite the process so patience is required. If it has been more than six months after your application was accepted and you have not heard you may want to contact your Italian Consulate via email and inquire about your status. If they have not heard from your ancestor’s Comune you might not get a formal response from them, but if you do not get something from them in a couple weeks you may try the email again or attempt to reach someone on the phone. Again, be patient the process takes time.

NOTE: If your minor children applied with you they are guaranteed Italian Dual Citizenship, even if by the time you get your letter they have turned 18. What counts is that they were minors at the time of your application appointment.

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