Reference

Consulates & Contacts

In the beginning, it’s a good idea to contact the consulate or consular correspondent for your region (if you live near a consulate, you can often just walk in and ask questions). Here is a list of all the consulates/correspondents in Canada and the US:

http://www.embassypages.com/missions/embassy6956/

 

My Cost Breakdown

All costs listed are in CAD, unless otherwise indicated. Also, I did not count my mistakes/extra documents I ended up with.

Grandparents’ Documents

  • Birth certificates from Italy – 5 Euros (0,50 Euro per certificate, plus 4 Euros postage)
  • Nonno “Access to Information” request – $5
  • Nonna citizenship record search – $75
  • Marriage certificate – $52

Parents’ Documents

  • Mum’s birth certificate – $52
  • Marriage certificate – $52
  • Divorce decree – $16 USD

My Documents

  • Birth certificate – $52
  • Marriage licence & certificate – $18 USD

Certifications

  • Montreal consulate – $230
  • Chicago consulate – $32 USD
  • Apostille – $10 USD

Translations

  • English documents – $125
  • French documents – $95

Misc

  • Application fee – 300 Euros
  • Drouin Institute access – $5

With the current exchange rate, that comes to….~$1300

 

Sample Requirements

Here is an example set of document requirements. These requirements will obviously change depending on who your Italian ancestor is, but this is a good guideline for what you’ll need.

From the Consulate General of Italy in Toronto website (http://www.constoronto.esteri.it/)

Through Italian Maternal Grandfather

YOU MUST OBTAIN THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS, ALL IN ORIGINAL AND ONE COPY:

1) YOUR MATERNAL GRANDFATHER’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE (from Italy which must also confirm that he was an Italian Citizen when he left Italy (Trascorso possesso della cittadinanza italiana). In order to obtain these information you will have to write to the “Comune” where your maternal grandfather was born, and request a birth certificate, with the above information regarding citizenship status using this sample letter. You can find here a list of all the Italian city councils;

2) YOUR MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE (request it from Italy using the above sample and information or else, if she was born in Canada, request a “certified copy of registration” or a “long form” from the relevant Registar General);

3) YOUR GRANDPARENTS’ MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE: If the marriage took place in Italy, obtain it from the Italian city council using this template. If it took place in Canada you must obtain a “certified copy of registration” or a “long form” of the license;

4) YOUR MATERNAL GRANDFATHER’S CERTIFICATE OF CITIZENSHIP/NATURALIZATION (if he acquired another citizenship) or alternatively proof through the Access to Information procedure that he never became Canadian citizen;

5) YOUR FATHER’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE (as point 2);

6) YOUR MOTHER’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE (as point 2);

7) YOUR PARENTS’ MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE (as point 3);

8) YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE (you must obtain a “certified copy of registration” or a “long form”);

9) YOUR APPLICATION;

10) ONE COPY OF YOUR CANADIAN PASSPORT, DRIVER’S LICENSE and a bill or bank statement to proof your address. If you are not a Canadian citizen: one copy of your passport and your permanent resident card;

11) DEATH CERTIFICATE/S RELATING TO ITALIAN BORN ASCENDANTS ONLY.

IF YOUR MATERNALGRANDFATHER BECAME A NATURALIZED CANADIAN CITIZEN BEFORE YOUR FATHER’S BIRTH, YOU ARE NOT ENTITLED TO ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP (unless you qualify under another category).