Prepare for an Appointment
Congratulations! You are close to finishing what has hopefully not been too long and complicated a process. At this point, you should have all the certificates you need with apostilles and translations into Italian (if your consulate requires translations). There are just a few more things to do before making the appointment with your Italian Embassy or Consulate:
- Read through the FAQ page one more time.
- Carefully check all certificates word by word and make a list of any remaining discrepancies. By now, all major discrepancies should have been corrected. For more information on discrepancies, consult our FAQ page.
- Be sure you have completely filled out the application provided by your embassy or consulate, or downloaded from this site. (Remember that citizenship applications for some consulates are available for download by following the links on Links: Italian Embassies and Consulates.) Your application and all supplementary forms must be notarized!
- Create a cover letter for your application. You can personalize the general ICGS cover letter by replacing all italicized text. (You must have Microsoft Word to open the cover letter.) 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.
- Make a photocopy of a valid identification card showing your current address.
- If you are applying for Italian citizenship jure sanguinis along with the parent or grandparent falling in a direct line between you and your Italian ancestor, he or she will automatically acquire citizenship, as will any of your children under the age of eighteen. Neither your parent nor your grandparent nor your children under the age of eighteen needs to fill out a separate application, though this requirement may vary from consulate to consulate. Your parent or grandparent should have already filled out supplementary Form 3: Declaration of a Living Italian Ascendant Born Outside of Italy if you are using ICGS' general application form. If you are applying along with siblings, they must submit separate applications, but you can use one set of ancestors' certificates for you and your siblings' applications.
- Put the documents of your application in the following order: A) cover letter, B) Form 1: Application for Italian Citizenship jure sanguinis (with notarization), C) Form 2: Declaration of Applicant (with notarization), D) Form 3: Declaration of Living Ascendant Born Outside of Italy (with notarization), E) Form 4: Declaration of Deceased Ascendant (with notarization), F) photocopy of a valid ID showing your current address, G) your birth certificate with apostille or legalization, H) Italian translation of your birth certificate. Ancestors' certificates should be organized starting with your ancestor from Italy and continuing chronologically.
- Make TWO photocopies of everything. The consulate or embassy will need the originals plus one set of photocopies. Keep the other set for your records.
Though in most cases you can mail your application if you live far from the nearest Italian authority, ICGS strongly recommends you call in advance and make an appointment to deliver it in person. After all the work you've done, we imagine you would prefer this option as well. Another benefit of submitting your application in person: you can make a case for getting it processed as quickly as possible!
Thanks so much for using our services. We hope you enjoy your Italian citizenship and wish you the best of luck!
Tanti auguri e in bocca al lupo!