United States Naturalization Record Search
When seeking dual citizenship, it is required that your ancestor did not become a naturalized US Citizen before the birth of his/her son or daughter through whom you are inheriting the citizenship.
You need to provide an extensive search which will determine if your ancestor became a naturalized US Citizen or a proof of no records statement from USCIS. The USCIS Genealogy Program is a fee-for-service program that provides researchers with timely access to historical immigration and naturalization records of deceased immigrants. Please visit their site for further information.
Steps to obtaining your Naturalization Certificate:
1 - Obtain an Index Search for your ancestor. You can do so here - Naturalization Index Search
2 - Follow up on your index search by submitting the file number citation(s) in a Record Request with Request Case ID -
a - Fee for a record copy from microfilm identified as (M) is $20 per request.
b - Fee for a copy of a card copy file identified as (HC) is $35 per request.
The Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C. advised us that applicants for dual Italian citizenship are not required to provide certified copies of naturalization certificates obtained from USCIS. Rather, the applicant must present the photocopy of the naturalization certificate along with the USCIS Genealogy Program response letter and mailing envelope. So, you still need the index response letter from the USCIS.
If your ancestor did become a naturalized US Citizen, then this search will allow you to obtain your ancestor's Naturalization Documents, which will include: a Certificate of Naturalization, a Petition for Naturalization, and in some cases a Declaration of Intention. These Naturalization Documents will come directly from the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), the National Archives (NARA), and/or the local County/Circuit Courthouse.
To Receive Records Dated After Genealogy Program Timelines or Records on Living Persons:
USCIS Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services National Records Center,
PO Box 648010
Lee’s Summit, MO 64064-8010
1-800-375-5283 Fax (816)
CERTIFICATION OF NON-EXISTENCE "NO RECORDS"
In the event that your ancestor did not become a naturalized US Citizen, then your Index search will allow you to obtain the required Official Statements of “No Records” from the following agencies: USCIS, NARA, and the local County/Circuit Courthouse, as well as a US Census Report from the US Dept. of Commerce.
To request certification of nonexistence of a specific record, write directly to the USCIS Records Services Branch at the address below. It is important that all request letters contain information to specifically identify the immigrant. For example, requests must contain the immigrant’s name (including all variants and aliases), date of birth, place of birth, and as much information as possible about when and where the immigrant arrived in or lived in the United States. Names of immediate immigrant relatives can also be helpful.
In all cases the immigrant must be deceased. If the immigrant’s birth date is less than 100 years before the request date, requests for certification of non-existence must include a copy of the immigrant’s death certificate.
USCIS Records Operations BranchU.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service
ATTN: Records Operations Branch
1200 First Street NE MS 2202
Washington, D.C. 20529-2202
For Historical USCIS and Legacy INS Information:
USCIS History Office and Library111
Massachusetts Avenue, NW, MS2180 or
Washington, DC 20529
NOTE: Ancestors naturalized before July 1st 1912 cannot transmit citizenship (Law n. 555 of June 13, 1912)
The Italian Consulate requires that this be proven by submitting your ancestor’s Naturalization Documents, either a copy of the Certificate of Naturalization, or else a certified copy of the Petition for Naturalization which includes the date that U.S. Citizenship was granted and the Certificate Number ( certified Petition is required by the New York Consulate).
If your ancestor never naturalized in the U.S., you will need to obtain a "Certificate of Non-Existence of Record" from the Record’s Chief of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Most Consulates also require a subsequent search and letter of no-record from the Federal and State/County Archives of your ancestor's residence, and some may require a copy of the Census Report from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) which lists your ancestor's reported naturalization status. The Italian Consulate may also require either an Alien File from USCIS or Certified Copy of the Census Report showing the non-naturalized status of your Italian ancestor (currently mandantory at the Consulates of Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco).
How Do I Obtain Certified True Copies of a Certificate of Naturalization?
When a naturalized US citizen needs to have a Certificate of Naturalization “authenticated” by the U.S. State Department for use by Foreign Governments/Embassies, USCIS can copy the document and certify it as a true copy. “Authentication” is a term used by the U.S. Department of State and other Governments to describe what USCIS refers to as Certified True Copies. When you require a Certificate of Naturalization to be authenticated, be sure to use the term "Certified True Copy."
If you have the original document to be certified, you must make an appointment with your local USCIS office by using the InfoPass Appointment Scheduler on the state.gov website. When you go to your appointment, be sure to bring your original naturalization certificate and a copy of it. Also bring another form of photo identification, such as a drivers license or passport. A USCIS officer will review the documents and may certify the copy, if the officer can confirm your identity and status as a naturalized citizen.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, will provide Certified True Copies and return these along with the supplied documentation to the requester. USCIS cannot act as an agent of the U.S. Department of State by accepting fees on behalf of other government agencies, or forwarding documentation to any other government agency. All documentation coming from a requester, along with any documentation supplied by the Department of Homeland Security, will be returned to the requester.
To obtain the services of the U.S. Department of State, Authentication Office, you should use one of the following methods:
United States Department of State, Office of Authentications
1150 Passport Services Place, 1st Floor
Dulles, VA 20189-1150
202-647-4000, Option 3 or 202-485-8000