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Citizenship by descent

 

Citizenship by descent

Citizenship Office
Address: 1900 Avenue of the Stars Suite 1250; Los Angeles, CA 90067
E-Mail: losangeles.cittadinanza@esteri.it 
Tel. (310) 820-0622 from Mon-Fri from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 2:00 to 3:30 pm

Appointments for Citizenship by Descent (for category 3, category 4 and category 5 only) are suspended until further notice.

As for category 1 and category 2, applicants will be able to submit their
requests to the Vital Records Department - https://conslosangeles.esteri.it/consolato_losangeles/it/i_servizi/per-i-cittadini/stato_civile/trascrizione-atti-di-nascita.html

The reopening of the Prenota on-line service will be promptly announced on our web page: https://conslosangeles.esteri.it/consolato_losangeles/it/

RECOGNITION OF ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP FOR INDIVIDUALS OF ITALIAN DESCENT BORN ABROAD 

Italian Citizenship is based upon the principle of “jus sanguinis” (blood right) meaning that the child born from an Italian father or mother is an Italian citizen regardless of the place of birth.

In order to be recognized as an Italian citizen, applicants have to prove that their Italian ancestor born in Italy did not acquire another citizenship (US or other) before his son/daughter’s birth in the USA/other country abroad.

This is the reason why it is strongly suggested that applicants start the process by acquiring their ancestor’s Italian birth certificate and his/her naturalization paper.

1. BEFORE YOU START

2. CATEGORIES AND CHECK LISTS OF DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

3. FAST FACTS

4. U.S. NATURALIZATION AND "NON EXISTING RECORDS"

5. COST AND PAYMENT METHODS


BEFORE YOU START

· You can submit your application to this Consulate if you are a resident of the following States: South California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada.

· Your application is individual and must be presented personally together with all the supporting documents.

· In order to present your application and related documents you need to make an appointment through our online booking system click here (This link is temporarily deactivated please click here for information)

· If a family member, residing in our jurisdiction, is interested in submitting in the future an application for the recognition of the Italian citizenship, the same ancestors’ original documentation will apply, but he/she must present his/her original certificates.

· Residents of South California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada whose family members have obtained the recognition of the Italian citizenship at a different Consulate or in Italy, must submit at this Office all original documentation from the Italian ancestor.

  

CATEGORIES

Below are several examples of different categories please click the category relevant to you.

CATEGORY N. 1
If your father is/was an Italian citizen please consult the Vital Recordssection of our webpage;


CATEGORY N. 2
If your mother is/was an Italian citizen please consult the Vital Records section of our webpage; 

 
CATEGORY N. 3
QUICK CHECK LIST 3
If your father was born in the United States or a country other than Italy which considered him a citizen by birth “jure soli” (by the law of the soil), your paternal grandfather/grandmother was an Italian citizen at the time of your father’s birth, your father did not renounce his Italian citizenship before your birth (Please note: before 1948, children of Italian parents could claim Italian citizenship ONLY through their father.);


CATEGORY N. 4
QUICK CHECK LIST 4
If your mother was born in the United States or in a country other than Italy which considered her a citizen by birth “jure soli” (by the law of the soil), your maternal grandfather/grandmother was an Italian citizen at the time of your mother’s birth, you were born after January 1, 1948, and your mother did not renounce her Italian citizenship before your birth;


CATEGORY N. 5
QUICK CHECK LIST 5
Your grandfather/grandmother was born in the United States or a country other than Italy which considered him a citizen by birth “jure soli” (by the law of the soil), your paternal (maternal) great-grandfather was an Italian citizen at the time of your grandfather’s/grandmother’s birth, your grandfather/grandmother did not renounce his Italian citizenship before your birth;           your father (mother) was born in the United States or a country other than Italy which considered him a citizen by birth “jure soli” (by the law of the soil), your father (mother) did not renounce his Italian citizenship before your birth

 

 

FAST FACTS

· If your ancestor became a naturalized U.S. citizen before June 14, 1912 you are not entitled to the Italian citizenship if the son was a minor in the date of his father naturalization even if he was born before your Italian ancestor's naturalization.

· A person born before January 1st, 1948 can claim Italian citizenship only from his/her father, who was not a naturalized citizen of another country before his child’s birth.

· A woman can transfer citizenship only to her children born after January 1st, 1948, if she was not a naturalized citizen of another country before her child’s birth.

· An Italian citizen who acquired a foreign citizenship before August 16, 1992 automatically lost his/her citizenship according to art. 8 of the law 555/1912.

· The acquisition of a foreign citizenship by an Italian citizen on or after August 16, 1992 does not cause the loss of his/her Italian citizenship.


U.S. NATURALIZATION AND NONEXISTING RECORDS

The Italian ancestor's naturalization document is crucial for the recognition of your Italian citizenship. Therefore, an accurate search has to be performed on this matter.

If your ancestor is still alive and is not an American citizen, you can present his Italian passport and current U.S. permanent resident card (“green card”).

Otherwise, you must present:

The Certificate of Naturalization with a copy of it and/or a certified copy of his “petition for naturalization” and “oath of allegiance” (which is an official document bearing the red ribbon and gold seal of the National Archives - NARA).

If you cannot acquire a certificate of naturalization or a petition, you must provide an Official statement of no record (original, not a photocopy, and with the Office Seal) to be requested to the first two Offices listed below (USCIS and NARA). Additionally, in case of missing Official statements, applicants should provide documentation that they are able to obtain from other U.S. authorities

Here is a list of the Offices that applicants can contact:

1. The USCIS in Washington D.C. (www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis). This Office can provide a Certificate of Naturalization or a certification of nonexistence of a specific record.

2. The National Archives in Washington, DC (www.nara.gov). This office collects documents from all over the United States: you could obtain a certified copy of your ancestor’s “petition for naturalization” and “oath of allegiance” from the National Archives. Documents from NARA must be certified copies, bearing the red ribbon and gold seal of NARA. If no record is found, they should issue a letter stating it.

3. County Court in which he resided and in which his child was born. It can also provide the Certificate of Naturalization.

4. The USCIS Genealogy Program, in Washington, DC (www.uscis.gov/genealogy). This office can send you a copy of your ancestor’s certificate or alien registration card, which must be supported by a County or NARA record, because USCIS will only release a certified copy to the person who received citizenship.

5. The Regional Office of the National Archives. This office keeps Federal documents related to the States in their area of jurisdiction. You can also obtain a certified copy of your ancestor’s “petition for naturalization” and “oath of allegiance”. Documents from NARA must be certified copies, bearing the red ribbon and gold seal of NARA. If the search shows NO RECORD, NARA can issue the alien registration card.

6. Census record. It may provide additional information relevant to your case even if based on the information provided by the individual: Immigration Records, Naturalization Records, Ship Passenger Lists, Military records, the U.S. Passport applications, Voter List Records and others (www.census.org). Ask for the first U.S. Census dated after the birth of the Italian-born ascendant’s child.

7. If your Italian ancestor went to a country other than the U.S.A. you must present the naturalization record issued by that country. For more information see the website of the competent Italian Consulate/Embassy. A list of all Italian Consulate/Embassies abroad is available at: www.esteri.it (“Farnesina” - “Rappresentanze Diplomatiche” - “Ambasciate e Consolati” – Country).

PLEASE NOTE: 
When submitting a request to one of these offices, please provide your Italian ancestor’s full name (and aliases, nicknames, and any other names appeared on any official documents), possible places and dates of birth which he may have declared during his life, according to the ancestor's documents and information available.

Conduct a search that covers the time of the arrival of your Italian ancestor in the USA, to the birth of his child born in the USA, and support it with Official statements.

This Consulate's citizenship office has the right to request additional documents, beyond the ones provided by the applicant on the day of the appointment, in order to determine the applicants' eligibility to the Italian citizenship.


COST AND PAYMENT METHODS

All applications for the recognition of the Italian citizenship Iure Sanguinis (by descent) are subject to the payment of a 300 euros fee. This fee must be paid in USD (see this link for the correct amount that is subject to chaange every 3 months)

The fee must be paid at the Consulate the day of the appointment with a cashier's check or a money order made out to the Italian Consulate - Los Angeles. 

The application fee is NON REFUNDABLE, regardless of the outcome of the petition.

 

Please note: you can find useful links and documents on the right side of this page (from PC/Mac) or at the bottom (on your handheld device)


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