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Recognition of Italian Citizenship 'Jure Sanguinis'

 

Recognition of Italian Citizenship 'Jure Sanguinis'

 

 RECOGNITION OF THE ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP “JURE SANGUINIS”

for descendants of Italian citizens

You can apply at the Consulate in Miami only if you are a permanent legal resident in one of the following States: Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, American Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Caymans, The Dutch Islands of St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Saba, Turks and Caicos, Bahamas.

You must schedule an appointment with “Prenot@mi” to then submit your application in person.

Application presented by person/agency/representative other than the applicant or sent by mail will not be accepted.

At the time of your appointment you must bring with you:

If you were born U.S. citizen:

- Passport;

- Driver’s Licence or legal proof of your permanent address.

If you became a U.S. citizen by naturalization:

- Passport;

- Certificate of Naturalization;

- Driver’s License or legal proof of your permanent address.

If you are not U.S. citizen:

- Passport;

- Alien Registration Card (Green Card, Permanent Resident Card, USCIS form I-551);

- Driver’s License or legal proof of your permanent address.

IF YOU ARE CONCERNED THAT ANY OF THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURES MAY AFFECT YOUR ACTUAL CITIZENSHIP, YOU MUST CONTACT THE APPROPRIATE AUTHORITIES OF YOUR COUNTRY.

APPLICATION FEE

As of July 8th, 2014 all applications for the recognition of the Italian citizenship Jure Sanguinis (by descent) are subject to a Consular fee of € 300 payable in US dollars.

The fee is subject to change depending on the exchange rate, the exact amount in US Dollars can be found at LINK - tariffario.

The fee is due on the day of appointment and can be paid only by money order, certified check or cashier’s check in US Dollars, made out to the Italian Consulate General in Miami. Cash will not be accepted.

The fee is due for each applicant 18 years of age and older. Please obtain one money order per applicant.

The application fee is NON REFUNDABLE, regardless of the outcome of the petition.

GENERAL INFORMATION

● If you are an Italian citizen and you need to register your children under 18, please go to the Vital Records Section.

If you have adult children who want to be recognized as Italian citizens, they have to apply individually.

Note: one applicant per appointment.

● If you are married to an Italian citizen, please go to the Citizenship through Marriage Section.

If you became a naturalized citizen of a country other than that of your birth before August 16, 1992, you lost the Italian citizenship. Please visit the Reacquisition of Italian Citizenship section.

Italian women began to pass the citizenship to their children only beginning on 01/01/1948.

If you were born before 01/01/1948, you can claim Italian citizenship only through your father as long as he did not become a naturalized citizen of a foreign country before your birth.

If you were born after 01/01/1948 you can claim Italian citizenship through either parent as long as they did not become naturalized citizens of a foreign country before your birth.

Ancestors born in Italy who became naturalized citizens of a foreign country before 06/14/1912 lost their Italian citizenship along with the Italian citizenship of all their minor (under the age of 21 at that time) children, including those born abroad.

● In order to enable the Consulate to provide proper answers to your applications for Italian citizenship jure sanguinis, you must submit your paperwork as described in these instructions.

Unless ALL required documents are submitted to this Consulate General on the day of your appointment, it will not be possible to start the procedure and give information or explanations on the matter.

You are therefore requested to strictly follow the guidelines and gather the complete paperwork before submitting it.

● On the day of your appointment you must submit the full required documentation in original (with the appropriate legalizations from other Consulates etc.) even if relatives of yours have submitted common ancestors' documentation at another Italian Consulate prior to your application.

You will be able to use documents already presented to this Consulate if a relative has applied for citizenship with us.

The Citizenship Office will not check the documentation in advance. Documents sent to the Office by mail or e-mail will not be reviewed and such correspondence will not be answered.

DOCUMENT REQUIREMENTS

Please read carefully before starting to collect the documentation.

● The Italian certificates must be requested by the applicant to the Comune. Find the request form here. No Apostille required.

All certificates must be in original or a "certified copy" a.k.a. "long form" or "full form" or “book copy” ("certifications" or "abstracts" will not be accepted). Such forms can be obtained from the Vital Records Office of the State in which the birth/marriage/death took place. You must request the Office of Vital Records to indicate in the certificate the city of birth.

Certificates reporting only the "Country/State/County" of birth cannot be accepted.

All certificates must be translated into Italian and:

o Bear the Apostille by the Secretary of State of the Country/State where the document was issued,

o or comply with the regulations on the legalization of documents of the Country where the document was issued.

Documents issued in Countries other than the U.S. 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 documents were issued.

For information on how a document should be legalized in its Country of origin you can check the website of the competent Italian Consulate/Embassy (a list of all the Italian Embassies and Consulates can be found at www.esteri.it).

Documents that don’t require translation and Apostille:

- U.S. Certificate on Naturalization,

- Naturalization certification,

- Letter of No Records issued by the Citizenship and Immigration Service (www.USCIS.gov),

- Declaration of Intention/Petition for Naturalization, issued by the National Archives (www.archive.gov),

- Certified copy of the first Census available after the birth of the first ascendant born in USA (www.census.org).

● The Apostille is an international legalization. It is not a stamp on the certificate, but it is a physical separate document stapled to the certificate.

For information on the Apostille please check on the Internet writing Apostille and the name of the State/Country where your document has been issued.

The Apostille doesn’t require translation and doesn’t expire.

ATTENTION

The documentation submitted must be complete and correct, therefore it is recommended to double check each document in detail (names, last names, date and place of birth).

In case of any discrepancy or mistake, in addition to the incorrect document, the applicant must submit an official amendment of it released by the local authority.

The application with incomplete/incorrect documentation will be returned to the applicant, who will have will have three (3) months to re-submit it completed with the missing documents. After three months deadline, in order to re-submit the application a NEW APPOINTMENT WILL BE REQUIRED.

If you are concerned that any of the above procedures may affect your actual citizenship, you must contact the appropriate authorities of your Country.

● Please note that you have to submit only the documentation related to the ancestors who allegedly passed Italian citizenship to you. Should more documentation be needed, you will be required to provide it later.

● APPLICATION FORMS

Download the application forms 1,2,3 and 4 here

Please bring the following:

Form 1 and Form 2 – Unsigned and fully completed

Form 3 – One unsigned and fully completed form for each ancestor.

NOTE: The application forms must be signed in front of the Consular Officer.

MOST COMMON CATEGORIES OF JURE SANGUINIS LINES

AND REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION

If you were born in the United States or a country other than Italy you can be recognized as an Italian citizen if any one of the categories listed below applies to you.

1. IF YOUR FATHER WAS BORN IN ITALY,

and he was still an Italian citizen at the time of your birth,

and you were born in the United States or in a Country other than Italy,

and you never renounced your Italian citizenship,

together with the application forms you must submit:

● your father's birth certificate

Request a birth certificate in "formato internazionale", or in "estratto per riassunto" (showing his father's and mother's names) in original to the Italian "Comune" where your father was born. You can easily find the address of the "Comune" on the Internet.

Find the request form here

your parents' marriage certificate

- If the marriage took place in Italy you have to request the document from the Comune where the marriage took place. 

- If it took place outside Italy you must obtain a certified copy of the certificate with the Apostille from the Secretary of State of the State/Country in which it was issued, and translation.

  • If your father became US citizen you must provide:- Certificate of Naturalization: Notarized Copy, no translation required
    OR
    - Declaration of Intention, Petition for Naturalization, Oath of Allegiance: Complete packet Issued by NARA, National Archives, notarized, no translation required
  • If your father NEVER Naturalize you must provide:

- Letter of No Record of Naturalization/Person, USCIS, include aliases
And
- Letter of No Record of Naturalization/Person from NARA, include all aliases
And One of the Following:
- Census Dated After your birth, Notarized Certified Original, no translation
- Documentation from USCIS/NARA showing alien status after your birth, no translation
- Father’s Italian passport and/or US Green Card dated after your birth

  • If your father immigrated to a Country other than U.S., you must provide:

- proof of naturalization or no naturalization through pertinent documentation issued by the responsible Authority of that Country + Apostille + translation.
Remember that documents issued in Countries other than the U.S. 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 documents were issued.
For information on how a document should be legalized in its Country of origin you can check the website of the competent Italian Consulate/Embassy (a list of all the Italian Embassies and Consulates can be found at www.esteri.it).

your father's death certificate (if applicable) + Apostille + translationyour

● birth certificate + Apostille + translation

2. IF YOUR MOTHER WAS BORN IN ITALY,

and she was still an Italian citizen at the time of your birth,

and you were born in the United States or in a Country other than Italy after January 1, 1948 (Italian women didn’t pass citizenship to their children prior to such date),

and you never renounced your Italian citizenship,

together with the application forms you must submit:

your mother's birth certificate.

Request to the Italian "Comune" where your mother was born a birth certificate in "formato internazionale", or in "estratto per riassunto" (showing his father's and mother's names) in original. You can easily find the address of the "Comune" on Internet.

Find the request form here

your parents' marriage certificate

- If the marriage took place in Italy you have to request the document from the Comune where the marriage took place;

- If it took place outside Italy you must obtain a certified copy of the certificate with the Apostille from the Secretary of State of the State/Country in which it was issued, and translation.

If your mother became US citizen, you must provide:the same as your father
If your mother NEVER Naturalize you must provide: the same as your father
If your mother immigrated to a Country other than U.S., you must provide: the same as your father

your mother's death certificate (if applicable) + Apostille + translation

Your birth certificate + Apostille + translation

3. IF YOUR PATERNAL GRANDFATHER WAS BORN IN ITALY,

and your father was born in the United States or in a Country other than Italy,

and your grandfather was still an Italian citizen at the time of your father’s birth,

and your father never became citizen of a Country other than the one where he was born before your birth,

and neither you nor your father have ever renounced your Italian citizenship,

together with the application forms you must submit:

your grandfather's birth certificate

Request to the Italian "Comune" where your grandfather was born a birth certificate in "formato internazionale", or in "estratto per riassunto" (showing his father's and mother's names) in original. You can easily find the address of the "Comune" on Internet.

Find the request form here

your grandparents' marriage certificate

- If the marriage took place in Italy you have to request the document from the Comune where the marriage took place;

- If it took place outside Italy you must obtain a certified copy of the certificate with the Apostille from the Secretary of State of the State/Country in which it was issued, and translation.

 

 

  • If your paternal grandfather became US citizen you must provide:

- Certificate of Naturalization: Notarized Copy, no translation required

OR

- Declaration of Intention, Petition for Naturalization, Oath of Allegiance: Complete packet Issued by NARA, National Archives, notarized, no translation required

  • If your paternal grandfather NEVER Naturalize you must provide:

- Letter of No Record of Naturalization/Person, USCIS, include aliases

And

- Letter of No Record of Naturalization/Person from NARA, include all aliases

And One of the
Following:

- Census Dated After your birth, Notarized Certified Original, no translation

- Documentation from USCIS/NARA showing alien status after next in the line, no translation

- Italian passport and/or US Green Card dated after your after next in the line

  • If your paternal grandfather immigrated to a Country other than U.S., you must provide:

- proof of naturalization or no naturalization through pertinent documentation issued by the responsible Authority of that Country + Apostille + translation.

Remember that documents issued in Countries other than the U.S. 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 documents were issued.

For
information on how a document should be legalized in its Country of origin you
can check the website of the competent Italian Consulate/Embassy (a list of all
the Italian Embassies and Consulates can be found at www.esteri.it).

your grandfather death certificate (if applicable) + Apostille + translation

your father's birth certificate + Apostille + translationyour parents' marriage certificate + Apostille + translation

your father’s certification of naturalization (if applicable).

Only if your father immigrated to a Country other than the one where he was born, you must provide:

- proof of naturalization or no naturalization through pertinent documentation issued by the responsible Authority of that Country+ Apostille + translation.

Remember that documents issued in Countries other than the U.S. 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 documents were issued.

For information on how a document should be legalized in its Country of origin you can check the website of the competent Italian Consulate/Embassy (a list of all the Italian Embassies and Consulates can be found at www.esteri.it

your father’s death certificate (if applicable) + Apostille + translation

● your birth certificate + Apostille + translation.

4. IF YOUR PATERNAL GRANDMOTHER WAS BORN IN ITALY,

and your father was born in the United States or in a Country other than Italy after January 01,1948,

and your grandmother was still an Italian citizen at the time of your father’s birth,

and your father never became citizen of a Country other than the one where he was born before your birth,

and neither you nor your father have ever renounced your Italian citizenship,

together with the application forms you must submit:

your grandmother's birth certificate

Request to the Italian "Comune" where your grandmother was born a birth certificate in "formato internazionale", or in "estratto per riassunto" (showing his father's and mother's names) in original. You can easily find the address of the "Comune" on Internet.

Find the request form here

your grandparents' marriage certificate

- If the marriage took place in Italy you have to request the document from the Comune where the marriage took place.

Find the request form here

- If it took place outside Italy you must obtain a certified copy of the certificate with the Apostille from the Secretary of State of the State/Country in which it was issued, and translation.

 

 

  • If your paternal grandmother became US citizen, you must provide:the same as your paternal grandfather

If your paternal grandmother NEVER Naturalize you must provide: the same as your paternal grandfather

If your paternal grandmother immigrated to a
Country other than U.S., you must provide: the same as
your paternal grandfather

● your grandmother death certificate (if applicable) + Apostille + translation

● your father's birth certificate + Apostille + translation

● your parents' marriage certificate + Apostille + translationyour father’s certification of naturalization (if applicable)

Only if your father immigrated to a Country other than the one where he was born, you must provide:

- proof of naturalization or no naturalization through pertinent documentation issued by the responsible Authority of that Country + Apostille + translation.

Remember that documents issued in Countries other than the U.S. 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 documents were issued.

For information on how a document should be legalized in its Country of origin you can check the website of the competent Italian Consulate/Embassy (a list of all the Italian Embassies and Consulates can be found at www.esteri.it

● your father’s death certificate (if applicable) + Apostille + translation

● your birth certificate + Apostille + translation

5. IF YOUR MATERNAL GRANDFATHER WAS BORN IN ITALY,

and your mother was born in the United States or in a Country other than Italy,

and your maternal grandfather was still an Italian citizen at the time of your mother’s birth,

and your mother never became citizen of a Country other than the one where she was born before your birth,

and you were born after January 1, 1948,

and neither you nor your mother have ever renounced your Italian citizenship,

together with the application forms you must submit:

your grandfather's birth certificate

Request to the Italian "Comune" where your grandfather was born a birth certificate in "formato internazionale", or in "estratto per riassunto" (showing his father's and mother's names) in original. You can easily find the address of the "Comune" on Internet.

Find the request form here

your grandparents' marriage certificate

- If the marriage took place in Italy you have to request the document from the Comune where the marriage took place;

- If it took place outside Italy you must obtain a certified copy of the certificate with the Apostille from the Secretary of State of the State/Country in which it was issued, and translation.

If your maternal grandfather became US citizen

-
Certificate of Naturalization: Notarized Copy, no translation required

OR

- Declaration of Intention, Petition for Naturalization, Oath of Allegiance: Complete packet Issued by NARA, National Archives,
notarized, no translation required

  • If your maternal grandfather NEVER Naturalize you must provide:

- Letter of No Record of Naturalization/Person, USCIS, include aliases

And

- Letter of No Record of Naturalization/Person from NARA, include all aliases

And One of the Following:

- Census Dated After your birth, Notarized Certified Original, no translation

- Documentation from USCIS/NARA showing alien status after next in the line, no translation

- Italian passport and/or US Green Card dated after next in the line

  • If your maternal grandfather immigrated to a Country other than U.S., you must provide:

- proof of naturalization or no naturalization through pertinent documentation issued by the responsible Authority of that Country + Apostille + translation.

Remember that documents issued in Countries other than the U.S. 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 documents were issued.

For information on how a document should be legalized in its Country of origin you can check the website of the competent Italian Consulate/Embassy (a list of all the Italian Embassies and Consulates can be found at www.esteri.it ).

● your mother’s death certificate (if applicable) + Apostille + translation

● your birth certificate + Apostille + translation

6. IF YOUR MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER WAS BORN IN ITALY,

and your mother was born in the United States or in a Country other than Italy after January 01,1948,

and your grandmother was still an Italian citizen at the time of your mother’s birth,

and your mother never became citizen of a Country other than the one where she was born before your birth

and neither you nor your mother have ever renounced your Italian citizenship,

together with the application forms you must submit:

your grandmother's birth certificate

Request to the Italian "Comune" where your grandmother was born a birth certificate in "formato internazionale", or in "estratto per riassunto" (showing his father's and mother's names) in original. You can easily find the address of the "Comune" on Internet.

Find the request form here

your grandparents' marriage certificate

- If the marriage took place in Italy you have to request the document from the Comune where the marriage took place;

- If it took place outside Italy you must obtain a certified copy of the certificate with the Apostille from the Secretary of State of the State/Country in which it was issued, and translation.

 

If your maternal grandmother became US citizen,
you must
provide:the same as your paternal grandfather

If your maternal grandmother NEVER Naturalize you must provide: the same as your paternal grandfather

If your maternal grandmother immigrated to a Country other than U.S., you must provide: the same as your grandfather

● your grandmother death certificate (if applicable) + Apostille + translation

● your mother's birth certificate + Apostille + translation

● your parents' marriage certificate + Apostille + translation

● your mother’s certification of naturalization (if applicable)

Only if your mother immigrated to a Country other than the one where she was born, you must provide:

- proof of naturalization or no naturalization through pertinent documentation issued by the responsible Authority of that Country + Apostille + translation.

Remember that documents issued in Countries other than the U.S. 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 documents were issued.

For information on how a document should be legalized in its Country of origin you can check the website of the competent Italian Consulate/Embassy (a list of all the Italian Embassies and Consulates can be found at www.esteri.it

● your mother’s death certificate (if applicable) + Apostille + translation

● your birth certificate + Apostille + translation

7. IF YOUR PATERNAL GREAT-GRANDFATHER WAS BORN IN ITALY,

and your grandfather/grandmother was born in the United States or in a Country other than Italy,

and your great-grandfather was an Italian citizen at the time of his child’s birth,

and your grandfather/grandmother never became citizen of a Country other than the one where he/ she was born before your father’s birth,

and your father was born after January 1, 1948 (only if you follow the lineage through your grandmother),

and your father never became citizen of a Country other than the one where he was born before your birth,

and neither you nor your grandfather/grandmother or your father have ever renounced your/their Italian citizenship

together with the application forms you must submit:

your great-grandfather birth certificate

Request to the Italian "Comune" where your great-grandfather was born a birth certificate in "formato internazionale", or in "estratto per riassunto" (showing his father's and mother's names) in original. You can easily find the address of the "Comune" on Internet.

Find the request form here

your great-grandparents' marriage certificate

- If the marriage took place in Italy you have to request the document from the Comune where the marriage took place;

- If it took place outside Italy you must obtain a certified copy of the certificate with the Apostille from the Secretary of State of the State/Country in which it was issued, and translation.

If your paternal great-grandfather became US citizen

- Certificate of Naturalization: Notarized Copy, no translation required

OR

- Declaration of Intention, Petition for Naturalization, Oath of Allegiance: Complete packet Issued by NARA, National Archives,
notarized, no translation required

  • If your paternal great-grandfather NEVER Naturalize you must provide:

- Letter of No Record of Naturalization/Person, USCIS, include aliases

And

- Letter of No Record of Naturalization/Person from NARA, include all aliases

And One of the Following:

- Census Dated After your birth, Notarized Certified Original, no
translation

- Documentation from USCIS/NARA showing alien status after next in the line, no translation

- Italian passport and/or US Green Card dated after next in the line

  • If your paternal great-grandfather immigrated to a Country other than U.S., you must provide:

- proof of naturalization or no naturalization through pertinent documentation issued by the responsible Authority of that Country + Apostille + translation.

Remember that documents issued in Countries other than the U.S. 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 documents were issued.

For information on how a document should be legalized in its Country of origin you can check the website of the competent Italian Consulate/Embassy (a list of all the Italian Embassies and Consulates can be found at www.esteri.it ).

● your great-grandfather death certificate (if applicable) + Apostille + translation

● your grandfather’s/grandmother’s birth certificate + Apostille

● your grandparents’ marriage certificate + Apostille

● your grandfather’s/grandmother’s certification of naturalization (if applicable)

Only if your grandfather’s/grandmother’s immigrated to a Country other than the one where he/she was born, you must provide:

- proof of naturalization or no naturalization through pertinent documentation issued by the responsible Authority of that Country + Apostille + translation.

Remember that documents issued in Countries other than the U.S. 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 documents were issued.

For information on how a document should be legalized in its Country of origin you can check the website of the competent Italian Consulate/Embassy (a list of all the Italian Embassies and Consulates can be found at www.esteri.it

● your grandfather’s/grandmother’s death certificate (if applicable) + Apostille + translation

● your father's birth certificate + Apostille + translationyour parents' marriage certificate + Apostille

● your father’s certification of naturalization (if applicable)

Only if your father immigrated to a Country other than the one where he was born, you must provide:

- proof of naturalization or no naturalization through pertinent documentation issued by the responsible Authority of that Country + Apostille + translation.

Remember that documents issued in Countries other than the U.S. 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 documents were issued.

For information on how a document should be legalized in its Country of origin you can check the website of the competent Italian Consulate/Embassy (a list of all the Italian Embassies and Consulates can be found at www.esteri.it

● your father’s death certificate (if applicable) + Apostille + translation

● your birth certificate + Apostille

If your great-grandfather became citizen of the USA or of another foreign Country before July 14, 1912, he lost his Italian citizenship along with the Italian citizenship of all his minor children (under the age of 21 at that time), including those born abroad.

Note: a grandmother born before January 1, 1948 can claim her Italian citizenship only from her father and can pass it only to children born after January 1, 1948.

8. IF YOUR MATERNAL GREAT-GRANDFATHER WAS BORN IN ITALY,

and your grandfather/grandmother was born in the United States or in a Country other than Italy,

and your great-grandfather was an Italian citizen at the time of his child’s birth,

and your grandfather/grandmother never became citizen of a Country other than the one where he/she was born before your mother’s birth,

and your mother was born after January 1, 1948 (only if you follow the lineage through your grandmother),

and your mother never became citizen of a Country other than the one where she was born before your birth,

and neither you nor your grandfather/grandmother or your mother have ever renounced your Italian citizenship

together with the application forms you must submit:

your great-grandfather birth certificate

Request to the Italian "Comune" where your great-grandfather was born a birth certificate in "formato internazionale", or in "estratto per riassunto" (showing his father's and mother's names) in original. You can easily find the address of the "Comune" on Internet.

Find the request form here

your great-grandparents' marriage certificate

- If the marriage took place in Italy you have to request the document from the Comune where the marriage took place;

- If it took place outside Italy you must obtain a certified copy of the certificate with the Apostille from the Secretary of State of the State/Country in which it was issued, and translation.

If your maternal great-grandfather became US citizen, you must provide:the same as your paternal great-grandfather

If your maternal great-grandfather NEVER Naturalize you must provide: the same as your paternal great-grandfather

If your maternal great-grandfather immigrated to a Country other than U.S., you must provide: the same as your paternal great-grandfather

● your mother’s death certificate (if applicable) + Apostille + translation

● your birth certificate + Apostille + translation

If your great-grandfather became citizen of the USA or of another foreign Country before July 14, 1912, he lost his Italian citizenship along with the Italian citizenship of all his minor children (under the age of 21 at that time), including those born abroad.

Note: a grandmother born before January 1, 1948 can claim her Italian citizenship only from her father and can pass it only to children born after January 1, 1948.

9. CITIZENSHIP THROUGH JUDICIARY RULING ON NATURAL PATERNITY OR MATERNITY

A child recognized or declared while a minor to be of Italian parentage is Italian. Persons of legal age recognized or declared as such must elect to become citizens within one year from such recognition.

The following documentation must be annexed to the declaration:

- Birth certificate;

- Act of recognition or authenticated copy of the ruling on paternity/maternity;

- Certification of parent(s)’ citizenship.

10. CITIZENSHIP BY ADOPTION

The right to citizenship is extended to any minor child adopted by an Italian citizen by means of the provisions of the Italian Judiciary Authorities, or, in the case of adoption abroad, rendered valid in Italy through an order issued by the Juvenile Court for enrollment in an official Italian statistics office (Anagrafe). Adoptees of legal age can acquire citizenship after 5 years of legal residence in Italy after the adoption.

Please note that there are specific cases which may not be dealt within the above-mentioned categories. They will be evaluated on the day of your appointment.


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