Italian Dual citizenship application

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The Italian citizenship is subject to demonstration by the person concerned, to their direct ancestors who have retained Italian citizenship without interruption (jus sanguinis). It is important that there has not been naturalization and any renounce to Italian citizenship by the ancestors or their descendants. All descendants of Italian immigrants abroad may apply the request to Italian citizenship.

Transmission of citizenship through maternal lineage is possible only for persons born after January 1st 1948. In order to obtain Italian citizenship, you must prove the descent from an Italian ancestor, it is required the birth and marriage certificate of own ancestors: grandparents (paternal or maternal), great-grandparents, etc., but it is crucial that they were born in Italy.

All the acts must be issued and authenticated by the city hall that registered the event. If the birth of the ancestor was before the institution of a civil registration, the documentation should be requested from the parishes or dioceses of competence. Our purpose is to help you identify and retrieve historical records of your ancestors in Italy and to do the procedures to request the documents to the competent offices (State Archives, municipalities, dioceses, parishes).


The documents made abroad, with witnessing the descent in a straight line of the person concerned to the citizenship, must be provided with an official Italian translation.

The documents listed above plus the following:

  • Certificate issued by the competent authorities of the foreign country of emigration, provided with an official translation in Italian, stating that the Italian ancestor not acquired the citizenship of the foreign country of emigration before the birth of the ascendancy interested.

All documentation must be submitted to the authority consular jurisdiction in the territory where the person resides.

Italian citizenship

Documents to apply for Italian Citizenship (Jure Sanguinis)

Your ancestor’s birth certificate from the Comune where your ancestor was born, in “formato plurilingue” or in “estratto per riassunto” showing his/her parents names.

Your ancestors’ marriage certificate from the Comune where your ancestors were got married in “formato plurilingue” or in “estratto per riassunto”

  • Certificates: the marriage and birth certificates must be official “Certified Copies” (documents) released by the Town where the event took place, they must be stamped and signed from the issuing office.

Some “Certified Copies” for your Italian citizenship application may require the apostille

  • Apostille: In Italy, the “Apostille” must be issued by the Prefettura of the province of the municipality in which the birth or marriage of a person was recorded was registered. The Prefettura is the administrative structure of the govern of each Italian province. Therefore, there is one Prefettura by province and its administrative offices are located in the capital of the province.

Please note:  All of your Certificates in other languages than Italian will be translated into Italian.

Services and Fees

Research family in Italy

Italian Dual citizenship application

We can help you obtain certificates needed for your Italian Dual citizenship application. The fee of service is Euro 260,00 for single certificate. This cost is valid when you know the date and the place of origin of your ancestor. When you don’t know the date or place of birth is necessary a specific research to find the date of birth and exact place of origin. The fee depends on the case complexity.

Our service includes:

  • Preparing your request letter for the Italian Civil Records Office
  • Procuring the records in the format required by the Italian Consulate for dual citizenship
  • The timescales for the release of official certificate vary from municipality to municipality, but in most cases they are ready within 8/10 weeks.

Please note: to receive the certificates for Italian dual citizenship, the town halls require a copy of the direct descendants’ valid photo ID (passport or driver’s license).

Poste Italiane International Recorded Delivery or Postage by private courier (UPS, DHL), the costs incurred hall be borne by the client.


The apostille service has an additional cost, if you wish, after obtaining the official document from the municipality, we will contact the Apostille office of the Prefecture

The cost of the apostille service is € 200.00.

For more information about Italian citizenship or about our services do not hesitate to get in touch with us!