Getting Started: A Step-by-step Guide to Jure Sanguinis
Before you can apply, you will need to learn more about the specific procedures for acquiring Italian citizenship Jure Sanguinis. Find out if you qualify, what documents you will need, and how to get started. View our Step-by-step Guide.
How to Find your Ancestor's Date of Birth, Marriage or Death
Before contacting the Italian officials, IDCAP (Italian Dual Citizenship Assistance Program) must at least know the year of birth, marriage or death of your ancestor. While a range of up to 2 years is acceptable, a more precise date will greatly increase the likelihood of retrieving your certificate. Get Help with Dates.
Documents to Download
There are a number of supplementary documents which we provide for you to download.
1) A checklist of documents that you will need to gather. Once you've printed this, go to the Qualifying page and click on the category under which you qualify for Italian citizenship. Check off all the certificates you will need, making special note of those that must be affixed with an apostille and translated into Italian.
2) An Application for Italian Citizenship jure sanguinis. If your embassy or consulate has its own application, use theirs. Otherwise, you must verify that they will accept the one provided by IDCAP.
3) A cover letter/declaration of comune, which you can personalize by replacing the italicized text. In this letter you must specify the comune or city hall in Italy where you want your civil status documents to be registered. It could be the comune of your Italian ancestor, the comune where you intend to establish you residency or the Comune of Rome. If you choose to register at the comune of your Italian ancestor, you should find the address and phone number on your Italian ancestor's certificates from Italy.
You must have Adobe Reader to open the checklist of documents and the application for citizenship. You must have Microsoft Word to open the cover letter/declaration of comune.
Links: Italian Embassies and Consulates
Although we provide support during the application process, we do not process or approve your application. If you wish to obtain Italian citizenship Jure Sanguinis, you must apply through the Italian Embassy or Consulate in your area. View a list of Italian Embassies and Consulates.