US Document Procurement:
When applying for Italian citizenship by descent, all US birth, marriage, death, certificates must be in “CERTIFIED COPY” a.k.a. “LONG FORM” or “FULL FORM” or “BOOK COPY” (not “abstract”). These certificates are obtained from the Office of Vital Statistics of the State or County in which the event took place. Church Records are not accepted under most circumstances.
If you are divorced, you will also need a certified copy of the marriage record, Divorce Decree/Judgment and Certificate of No Appeal (these are issued by the County Court Clerk where the divorce took place).
When applying for Italian citizenship through marriage, you must submit a certified copy of your long form birth certificate, an FBI Background Check, and State Police Clearance for each state that you have resided in since age 14.
Since October 15, 1981 the US has been part of the Hague Convention that provides for a certification of the Public Documents, including birth, marriage, divorce, and death records, to be used in countries (such as Italy), that are a part of the Convention. The sole functions of the Apostille are to certify the authenticity of the signature on the document, the capacity in which the person signing the document acted, and the identity of any stamp or seal affixed to the document. The Apostille is prepared by the office of the Secretary of State in which the document was issued.
In general all US documents used for Italian Dual Citizenship must be authenticated with the Apostille (except the naturalization or alien file for the Italian ancestor).
Our service includes:
- Compilation and filing of application forms for government agencies (Civil and Criminal Justice)
- Obtainment of State and Federal Apostille authentication for US Civil Records and Criminal Background checks
- Follow-up contacts with Civil, Criminal Justice, and Apostille offices as needed
Each US document and Apostille Agency charges a specific fee for these certificates, which typically ranges from $5.00 to $50.00 per document. ICAP charges a processing fee which covers a variety of services including application preparation and filing, secure online ordering and electronic payment processing when available, money orders, order tracking, customer support, identity verification and authentication and direct communication with government agencies on your behalf.
All requests for US documents and Apostille ICAP are provided by an itemized quote which includes the cost for translation of the documents. To request a quote, please contact us and specify what type of citizenship you are applying (by descent or through marriage) and your city/county/state of legal residence.
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