Italian Dual Citizenship Definitions
Jure Sanguinis (Right of Blood) - Means continuity of blood. In the 1970’s, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Dual Citizenship for American’ citizens is legal. In Italy and under Italian law, the taking of the American Oath of Citizenship constitutes a voluntary surrender of your Italian citizenship. So, for many of us, our naturalized ancestors surrendered their Italian citizenship. OK. But now, it get interesting! Because if their children were born in this country before they were naturalized, these children remained Italian citizens according to Italian law.
Apostille - U.S. birth/marriage/death records related to the Italian side must bear the Apostille of the Secretary of State of the State where the document was issued (except for the certificate of naturalization and/or similar documentation).
The “Apostille” is an international legalization. It is not a stamp on the certificate. It is a physical document stapled to the birth/marriage/death certificate.
Naturalization - Naturalization is a legal process whereby a person becomes a citizen of a country. Naturalized citizens in the U.S. are entitled to the same rights and privileges of natural-born citizens.
Long Form - According to the Apostille US website, a long form birth certificate is a duplicate of the hospital birth record that is prepared when a child is born. The long form birth certificate is also referred to as a photostat, book or certified copies. The long form birth certificate is considered a more complete birth record because it is an exact replica of the original birth record that provides more verifiable information.
Estratto dell'Atto di Nascita - Italian birth certificates directly from the Registrar of Vital Statistics in the City Office in Italy.
Estratto dell'Atto di Matrimonio - Italian marriage certificates directly from the Registrar of Vital Statistics in the City Office in Italy.
Estratto dell'Atto di Morte - Italian death certificateItalian, family records of your ancestors and family members directly from the Registrar of Vital Statistics (Ufficio della Stato civile) in the City Office (Comune o Municipio) in Italy.
IDCAP - This is our abbreviated organization. It stands for Italian Dual Citizenship Assistance Program.