Citizenship Through - Father
Father: Your father was an Italian citizen at the time of your birth and you never renounced your right to Italian citizenship. If citizenship is acquired by birth in your country and you meet all these conditions, you qualify for Italian citizenship jure sanguinis. You must obtain certified copies of the following documents:
Your father's birth certificate from Italy.
Your mother's birth certificate
Your parents' marriage certificate (If they were married in your native country, you will need an apostille and a translation into Italian.)
Your parents' divorce decree/certificate, if applicable (with apostille and translation)
Your father's certificate of naturalization OR statement of "No Records" OR Alien Registration Card - Green Card
Your birth certificate (with apostille and translation)
Your father's death certificate, if applicable (with apostille and translation)
Your mother's death certificate, if applicable
Your marriage certificate, if applicable (with apostille and translation)
Your divorce decree/certificate, if applicable (with apostille and translation)
Your spouse's birth certificate, if applicable
Birth certificates for all your children under the age of eighteen, if applicable (with apostille and translation)
Certificates: All certificates must be new “CERTIFIED COPY” a.k.a. “LONG FORM” or “FULL FORM” OR “BOOK COPY” (not “abstract”, abstract will not be accepted). These certificates must be obtained from the Office of Vital Statistics of the County or from the State Vital Statistics Office in which the birth/marriage/death took place. Certificates reporting only the “County” of birth will not be accepted. You must request that the Vital Statistics Authority state the CITY OF BIRTH.
If your father became a naturalized citizen before your birth, you are not entitled to Italian citizenship jure sanguinis unless you fit into another category.
Non Italian Birth / Marriage / Death records related to the “Italian side” must bear an "apostille" (according to Hague Convention of Dec. 5, 1961) except for the Certificate of Naturalization and/or similar documentation.
Certificates in other languages than Italian, must be translated into Italian. The only document which does not need to be translated and does not need an "Apostille" is the U.S. Certificate of Naturalization or any the statement releasing information on the naturalization status of the interested party.
* Necessary documents may vary between Italian Consulate's. Please visit the Consulate Information page and double check our Italian Consulate's required documents.