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The Final Escape from America: Acquiring an Italian Passport

This blog has held me accountable and turned my life around in the last 3 years.

It’s time to utilize it one more time.

To help me with any long-term visa issues while living abroad, I’m in the process of acquiring an Italian passport. To keep myself accountable (since I’ve been procrastinating), I’ve decided that bi-weekly blogs detailing the process will be good to do.

Maybe you can learn something from it, too. Eventually I will put all of my lessons into one comprehensive document or post that I’ll distribute for those who also want to make THE ESCAPE FROM AMERICA!

INTRODUCTION TO ACQUIRING AN ITALIAN PASSPORT

I’m eligible for an Italian passport because my grandmother’s grandpa (my great-great grandfather) was born in Italy, and was still an Italian citizen at the time that my great grandfather was born.

He renounced his Italian citizenship four years later, so I’m barely in the clear.

Rules I fall under:

Your maternal great grandfather was born in your native country, your maternal great great grandfather was an Italian citizen at the time of his birth, your mother was born after January 1st, 1948, and neither you nor your mother nor your maternal grandmother nor your maternal great grandfather ever renounced your right to Italian citizenship. If citizenship is acquired by birth in your country and you meet all these conditions, you qualify for Italian citizenship jure sanguinis.

DOCUMENTS NEEDED FOR AN ITALIAN PASSPORT

I have bolded the copies of the things I already have.

If the “apostille and translation” is not bolded, it means I haven’t done that part–but have the original document.

You must obtain certified copies of the following documents:

  1. Your maternal great great grandfather’s birth certificate from Italy, also known as an estratto dell’atto di nascita
  2. Your maternal great great grandmother’s birth certificate
  3. Your great great grandparents’ marriage certificate (If married outside of Italy, you will need an apostille and a translation into Italian.)
  4. Your maternal great great grandfather’s certificate of naturalization (Click here if this is not available.)
  5. Your maternal great grandfather’s birth certificate (with apostille and translation)
  6. Your maternal great grandmother’s birth certificate
  7. Your great grandparents’ marriage certificate (with apostille and translation)
  8. Your maternal grandmother’s birth certificate (with apostille and translation)
  9. Your maternal grandfather’s birth certificate
  10. Your grandparents’ marriage certificate (with apostille and translation)
  11. Your mother’s birth certificate (with apostille and translation)
  12. Your father’s birth certificate
  13. Your parents’ marriage certificate (with apostille and translation)
  14. Your birth certificate (with apostille and translation)
  15. Your marriage certificate, if applicable (with apostille and translation)
  16. Your spouse’s birth certificate, if applicable
  17. Birth certificates for all your children under the age of eighteen, if applicable (with apostille and translation)
  18. Any applicable divorce decrees/certificates (with apostille and translation)
  19. Death certificates for anyone listed above (with apostille and translation, if for your mother, grandmother, great grandfather or great great grandfather)*

*I have great grandparents death certificates. Missing great-great grandparents.

  • August 2, 2016
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