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Citizenship by descent


Citizenship by descent

Instruction on the procedure of Citizenship by descent

Forms:  Form1, Form2, Form3, Form4, Multifunzionale


There is enormous interest in obtaining Italian citizenship and, with about 3 million people of Italian ancestry in the Consulate's jurisdiction, many applications are processed every year. However, this may also mean that your appointment for citizenship iure sanguinis may be given in about one year time. Citizenship by marriage, on the other hand, is on a faster track, and appointments are given within a much shorter time. This is because some documents have a limited validity (criminal records are valid only for a few months) and must be presented to the Consulate before they expire. In any event, it is particularly important that you read carefully the information on this website, so that your application can be processed faster after your appointment.

Once you have submitted all the proper documents we will verify and forward them to Italy for registration. When the process is completed we will send you/email you a letter stating that you may now apply for an Italian passport. The Decree of the President of the Council of Ministers no. 33 of January 17, 2014 establishes the maximum term of 730 days for completion of the assessment proceedings of the possession of Italian citizenship and the issue of the citizenship certificate.


  • Births, deaths , marriages and divorces must be registered in Italy. Please consult the “Vital Statistics” section of this site.
  • Please be aware that the applicant requesting Italian citizenship may be assisted by a lawyer for the duration of the administrative process, as long as said lawyer is officially recognized by the Italian government (public act or authenticated private statement). Since it is a personal right, it is nonetheless necessary that the applicant be present for instances where a power of attorney would not be accepted - such as interviews.
  • As of July 8th, 2014, per the Law n. 66 April 24th, 2014 and modifications Law n. 89 June 23rd, 2014 art. 5-bis, comma 1 all applications for the recognition of the Italian citizenship Jure Sanguinis (by descent) and Jure Matrimonii (for foreign national whose husband is an Italian citizen married prior to April 27, 1983) are subject to the

Anyone over the age of 18, asking to be recognized as an Italian citizen, is subject to pay the consular fee of 300 Euros. The fee is subject to change depending on the exchange rate, the exact amount must be paid in US dollar, and it can be found in the Fee Table (art.7bis) (LINK). The Office only accepts payment by cash in US Dollars, to be paid at the Consulate the day of the appointment. The application fee is NON REFUNDABLE, regardless of the outcome of the petition.
In light of this new fee please consider carefully whether you are entitled to the Italian citizenship before submitting a formal application to the Consulate General.
Following the examination of the documentation submitted, if the applicant is found not to qualify for Italian citizenship, he/she cannot request the reimbursement of the consular fee .


For further information in regards to Italian Citizenship please visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs