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Recognition of Italian citizenship by descent

 

Recognition of Italian citizenship by descent

RECOGNITION OF ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP FOR PERSONS OF ITALIAN DESCENT BORN IN CANADA OR OTHER FOREIGN COUNTRY


The Citizenship Office accepts applications submitted by descendants of Italian citizens for the recognition of their Italian citizenship by appointment only.
Given the considerable increase in the number of such applications, an online appointment system has been activated to improve client service.
If more than one member of your family intends to apply, each and every adult applicant will be required to set an appointment and submit application in person.

N.B.: The above is not intended for persons wishing to REACQUIRE THEIR ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP. Currently, if you lost your Italian citizenship as a result of naturalizing Canadian and now would like to reacquire it, you must reside in Italy. For further information please consult the following Link.

Furthermore, Italian Citizens who would like to register their minor children with the Italian municipality, may attend in person at this Consulate during regular office hours without an appointment. For more information, please consult the section on Vital Certificates.


FEES

Starting on July 8, 2014, new legislation (i.e. law n. 89 of 23/06/2014) requires an application fee of 300 Euros (equivalent to approximately C$450) to be paid by applicants 18 and over who are requesting the recognition of their Italian citizenship. Please note that said fee is to be paid in Canadian funds in cash. For the exact amount click here (refer to art. 7bis). Furthermore, the fee is to be paid at the time of application and is non-refundable no matter the outcome of the preliminary examination of the documents submitted. In addition to the aforementioned charge, payment of additional fees will be required for the legalization of all vital certificates.


GENERAL REQUIREMENTS


You may submit an application to be recognized as an Italian citizen to this Consulate General provided that you descend of Italian citizens and were born in Canada or other foreign country, and that you reside within this Consular jurisdiction.
If you were born before January 1, 1948, you may be recognized as an Italian citizen only if your father was still Italian (i.e. not naturalized Canadian) at the time of your birth. If you were born after January 1, 1948, you may be recognized as an Italian citizen through either parent, as long as that parent did not naturalize Canadian prior to your birth.

Read and follow the instructions provided below carefully. Please note that it will not be possible to start the procedure for the recognition of your Italian citizenship until all required documents have been submitted.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION

1) Summary of birth certificate from birth certificate registry (“Estratto per riassunto dai registri degli atti di nascita”) issued by the Italian municipality where the Italian ancestor who moved abroad was born. Request form .

2) Permanent Resident Card or equivalent document confirming that your Italian ancestor never acquired Canadian citizenship, to be requested from Citizenship and Immigration Canada through a “Search of Citizenship Records”. When requesting documents which relate to females please ensure the request is made both under the maiden and married last names.

3) If your Italian ancestor acquired Canadian citizenship, it will be necessary to submit his/her original certificate of Canadian citizenship.

Please note, that the wallet size certificates of Canadian citizenship are not acceptable because they do not indicate the exact date of Canadian naturalization.

Furthermore, if both of your parents were born in Italy, it is necessary that you provide Canadian citizenship certificates for each one so that their records with the Italian municipality may be updated.

Should the aforementioned certificate of Canadian citizenship not be available, a copy of related documentation may be requested from Citizenship and Immigration Canada through “Access to Information”.
If your Italian ancestor immigrated to a Country other than Canada, you must request a certificate of naturalization from the citizenship authorities of that Country. For further information please consult the List of Italian Embassies and Consulates located around the world.

4) Documents relating to all ancestors (birth, marriage, death)

5) Documents relating to the applicant:

• Birth certificate;
• If married, applicant’s marriage certificate and photocopy of spouse’s birth certificate; and,
• If applicant has minor children, the children’s birth certificates and photocopy of the other parent’s birth certificate.

The required format of vital certificates is the “Certified copy of registration”. “Wallet size” certificates and church marriage certificates will not be accepted.

Vital certificates may be requested from the Registrar General or Vital Statistics Office of the Province or Territory where the birth or marriage took place. For further information click here for Ontario, for Manitoba and for North West Territories.

Vital certificates issued outside Ontario, Manitoba or NW Territories must be legalized and translated into Italian. For further related information contact the Italian Consulate/Embassy within whose jurisdiction the document was issued.
It is not necessary to translate any documents already in English of non-Italian ancestors, as well as certificates of Canadian citizenship.
Carefully check that the information reported in the certificates and/or documents is free of errors or discrepancies with respect to the names, last names, dates and places of birth. Any major errors and/or discrepancies must be corrected.
ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE SUBMITTED AS ORIGINALS AND ONE PHOTOCOPY THEREOF.

APPLICATION FOR THE RECOGNITION OF CITIZENSHIP THROUGH ITALIAN PARENTS
APPLICATION FOR THE RECOGNITION OF CITIZENSHIP THROUGH ITALIAN GRANDPARENTS
APPLICATION FOR THE RECOGNITION OF CITIZENSHIP THROUGH ITALIANA GREAT-GRANDPARENTS

 

Updated on 27/01/2016

 


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