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Document Search for Citizenship by Jus Sanguinis

  • Reconstruction of the lineage
  • Search for civil or religious documents
  • Searching documents abroad
Document Search for Citizenship by Jus Sanguinis

Boccadutri international law firm specializes in searching for necessary documents to apply for Italian citizenship by jus sanguinis.

Obtaining Italian citizenship by jus sanguinis is a right for many descendants of Italian emigrants.

However, the process can be complex and requires the collection of a series of documents, often difficult to find, for which Boccadutri International Law Firm offers a dedicated search service.

Our experienced and professional staff is able to identify and retrieve necessary documents from Municipalities, parishes, military archives, diocesan archives, and other institutions.

Why is searching for documents important?

The presentation of complete and accurate documentation is crucial for the successful outcome of the citizenship application by jus sanguinis.

The necessary documents may be scattered across various archives and date back to remote times.

Identifying and retrieving them can be a daunting and time-consuming task.

Furthermore, if discrepancies arise while examining the documents, accurate data must be reconstructed.

It is not uncommon to find names and dates that, although referable to the same person, differ based on the document (for example: in the Italian birth certificate and the foreign marriage certificate, the person’s name and surname and their parents’ might match, but the date of birth may be different).

In these cases, a certificate of congruent identity or a positive/negative letter must be requested from the Municipality where the document is registered, to confirm the accurate data.

Documents Necessary for Requesting Italian Citizenship by Jus Sanguinis

To obtain Italian citizenship by jus sanguinis, the descendant of the Italian citizen must first present a series of documents: birth certificate of the Italian ancestor (or of multiple ancestors who are part of the lineage), certificate of naturalization or of non-naturalization of the ancestors in the countries where they emigrated, one’s own birth certificate (translated into Italian and legalized), etc. …

The documents to be presented indeed change based on where the application is made: the same Consulates, depending on the host country, or the Municipalities, based on local regulations, might require documents that are not needed elsewhere.

All documents must be original, legalized, and, if issued abroad, translated into Italian.

Petition for Reconstruction of the Birth Certificate

In some cases, a specific procedure may be necessary to request a new birth certificate.

To obtain it, one must apply to the Court of Appeals for the reconstruction of the ancestor’s birth certificate.

This happens when, despite having many elements that confirm the date and place of birth, the Municipality cannot produce the certificate due to the lack of records.

Over time, many records have been lost due to wars, fires, or natural disasters, or, although they exist, some data may be illegible. In these circumstances, it is possible to ask the court to produce a substitute document.

Documents Proving The Lineage

In some cases, it is explicitly required; in others, it is advisable to present further documentary evidence to better reconstruct the bloodline that certifies Italian descent.

One might need to search for civil status documents concerning various family members:

  • Baptism certificates;
  • Marriage certificates;
  • Military documents;
  • Censuses;
  • Passenger lists of ships on which the ancestors traveled to the foreign country where they moved.

The specific documentation requested can vary (and become necessary) depending on the case, for example, a baptism certificate might prove useful in cases where there have been variations in the ancestor’s name over the years.

If the birth documents cannot be found, religious certificates might be used as a substitute or as evidence in the case of reconstructing the birth certificate in Court.

Online Documents

In Italy, many documents can be found online, on the Portal Antenati.

It is good to know, however, that such documents can be useful for reconstructing the history of one’s family but have no legal value and cannot be used as evidence when applying for Italian citizenship by jus sanguinis.

The acts intended to become part of the dossier to be presented must be legalized by a public official to be deemed conforming to the original and to have validity.

The request must be submitted to Municipalities, State Archives, or Military Archives.

In the case of religious documents, an authenticated copy can be requested.

Religious Documents

Normally, certificates must be issued by the civil authority.

Only in the absence of such authority, or in case of discrepancies on names and dates, it is possible to present religious certificates (baptisms, marriages, processions, …) legalized by the competent Episcopal Curia.

Documents issued by the Religious Authority (baptisms, marriages) assume value in the procedure for recognizing Italian citizenship even if they cover events that occurred before the establishment and operation of the civil register (for Italy this occurred on 1/1/1866).

Foreign Documents

If you have difficulty obtaining documents from third countries, we are able to obtain them for you.

Through our network of collaborators, we can request birth – marriage – death certificates, censuses, certificates of naturalization or non-naturalization.

The countries with which we have ongoing collaborations are:

  • United Kingdom;
  • Argentina;
  • Brazil;
  • Canada;
  • Australia;
  • United States;
  • Poland.

Know Your Ancestors

For the research to be successful, it is essential to gather as much data as possible about the ancestors who first emigrated:

  • Dates of birth and baptism;
  • Dates of marriage;
  • Dates of death;
  • Places where they were born or lived;
  • Names of parents, grandparents, siblings.

How Do We Work?

Our document search service includes:

  • Analysis of the documentation. We examine your case to identify the specific documents needed for your citizenship request.
  • Targeted search. We leverage a vast network of contacts and our knowledge of Italian territory to identify the places where documents might be stored.
  • Document retrieval. We request and obtain the necessary documents on your behalf, complying with current regulations.
  • Document Presentation. The retrieved documents will be presented in an orderly manner and accompanied by a report illustrating the research work done.

We will also provide you with all the necessary instructions for properly presenting the documents to the appropriate Consulate, Municipality, or, if required, the competent Italian court.

If you need assistance in searching for documents necessary for your application for Italian citizenship by jus sanguinis, do not hesitate to contact us.

Our team of lawyers and consultants will be pleased to provide you with detailed information about the service and to prepare a personalized estimate.

Do not let the lack of documents compromise your dream of obtaining Italian citizenship: rely on the professionalism and experience of the International Law Firm Boccadutri for a quick, effective, and safe document search.

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