Wanted to clarify a few questions, so I wrote this letter to an American Italian Consulate (Sent copies to many consulates, the first one to respond was the Miami consulate, they chose to use all-caps for some unidentifiable reason.)

Words in bold are replies by the Consulate.

I am preparing to apply for Italian Dual Citizenship. I have a few questions that I’d like some answer to. 1) I am applying Jure Sanguinis. I want to confirm that this blood line is applicable to the citizenship.

My great grandfather and great grandmother were born in Italy. They arrived in America through Ellis Island, got married in America, and had several children including my grandmother. My grandmother was born before my great grandfather received his naturalization certificate (she was born in 1926, her father naturalized in 1943). My grandmother was born before 1948, and before my great grandfather naturalized so she should have a right to citizenship.

My grandmother gave birth to my mother in 1960. As I understand, because this is after Jan 1, 1948, blood can be passed down maternally.

My mother gave birth to me after 1948 as well.

Nobody listed above renounced Italian citizenship.

In what I listed above, blood was only passed down from a father until 1948, after that it was only passed down from a mother. This seems to be consistent with what your website says, but ‘Great Grandfather -> Grandmother -> Mother -> Self’ isn’t listed, so I wanted to confirm.

IT IS OK. CONFIRMED

2) My mother or grandmother have not pursued formal citizenship.I want to confirm that I qualify because my ascendants qualify, and that I don’t need to have my mother formally apply first.

CONFIRMED

3) I have some original copies of necessary documents. Can you confirm that no documents are consumed in the process (i.e. they are all returned by the embassy/consulate and no originals are taken permanently)?

ALL ORIGINALS ARE TAKEN PERMANENTLY (APART FROM THE NATURALIZATION CERTIFICATE WITH THE PICTURE, OF WHICH WE KEEP A PHOTOCOPY). PLEASE GET NEW ONES FROM ITALY AND DO NOT BRING VERY OLD CERTIFICATES.

I’m excited to achieve this honor, I’m hoping that I’m on the right track.

Thank you,

Nick Smarto

So this means that I should have written for duplicates of the birth certificates from Italy, and when I get my first copies, I will need to have additional copies sent. (My mother is pursuing this as well.)

So quick review, very very important take-away’s:

  • You don’t need to have you ascendants apply for D.C., only qualify.
  • All documents except certificate of naturalization are taken permanently, do not submit originals without making sure a copy is obtainable.