Before beginning this step, we strongly recommend that you first complete the Naturalization Record Search and Italian Vital Record Procurement pertaining to your Italian Ancestor to ensure your eligibility for Italian Dual Citizenship.
US Vital Records:
When applying for Italian Citizenship by descent, all U.S. 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.
Since October 15, 1981 the U.S. 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 function of the Apostille is 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 Civil Records used for Italian Dual Citizenship must be authenticated with the Apostille.
Our service includes:
- Compiling applications for Vital Records Agencies (City, County or State) and State Apostille/Authentication Units
- Filing of applications
- Follow-up contacts to the Vital Records and Apostille offices as needed
Each Vital Record 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 secure online ordering and electronic payment processing when available, money orders, order tracking, customer support, identity verification and authentication and direct communication with Agencies on your behalf.
Orders are handled by our US Record Consultant who has a law degree and is highly skilled in working collaboratively with Agency staff. All charges specific to your order with ICAP will be provided in an itemized quote. We offer a discount on translations for our clients who order US Vital Records with Apostille.
To request a quote, please contact us.
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