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By birth right - Jure sanguinis

 

By birth right - Jure sanguinis

BY BIRTH RIGHT – Jure Sanguinis (FOR DESCENDANTS OF ITALIAN BORN ANCESTRY)

 

**VERY IMPORTANT**: please note that the procedure for the submission of documents for recognition of citizenship by descent (Jure Sanguinis) has recently been updated. In particoluar it is now necessary to provide a certified translation (see here) of ALL certificates.

 

Citizesnhip recognition by descent is for people aged 18+ only. The child of an Italian national is automatically Italian, by birth right. In order to register a minor as Italian, it is sufficient, as prescribed by the law, to register the birth certificates following the instruction outlined in the Stato Civile/Registry Office page (see Registry Section).

People over the age of 18, of Italian fathers by birth, have the right to Italian citizenship without time limit, even when born outside of Italy, whereas children of Italian mothers by birth can apply only if born after 1st January 1948.

There are three types of citizenship applications

a) CITIZENSHIP BY BIRTH FOR NON BRITISH CITIZENS

b) CITIZENSHIP BY BIRTH FOR BRITISH CITIZENS (whose parents are registered with this Consulate - AIRE)

c) CITIZENSHIP BY BIRTH FOR BRITISH CITIZENS (whose parents are NOT registered with this Consulate)

 

As of July 8th, 2014 all applications for the recognition of the Italian citizenship Jure Sanguinis (by descent)  are subject to the payment of a € 300.00 fee (to be paid at this Consulate in Pound Sterling, art. 7b - see Consular fees). (Law n. 66 April 24th, 2014 and modifications Law n. 89 June 23rd, 2014 art. 5-bis, comma 1)

The application fee is NON REFUNDABLE, regardless of the outcome of the petition.

Please note: the exam of documentation for the recognition of Italian citizenship for descendants of Italian born ancestors is based on the check of original certificates. The original certificates must be kept in our records and shall NOT be returned. All certificates must be:

No one case is entirely the same as another. It is not possible to check the documents before receiving the payment for the analysis. Information elicited via email cannot and will not receive a formal feedback. It is entirely the applicant’s responsibility to provide the documentation needed to asses the right to Italian citizenship.

 

WARNING: we can ONLY accept applications from applicants that can prove they are permanetly resident in Scotland or Northern Ireland. Applicants living in England and Wales shall apply to the Italian Consulate in London.

 

To book an appointment (ONLY AFTER you have gathered ALL the required documentation with Apostille and certified translations) please write to cittadinanza.edimburgo@esteri.it specifying in the object of your email Jure Sanguinis

 

a) CITIZENSHIP BY BIRTH FOR NON BRITISH CITIZENS

Recognition of citizenship for descendant of Italian nationals who are not UK citizens OR are not UK citizens since birth. Applicants must produce the following:

  • APPLICATION FORM DULY COMPLETED AND UNSIGNED (MOD 1 - see Forms). The application must be signed in front of the officer during the appointment at the Consulate. Consular fees for the legalisation of the applicant’s signature on the application will be required (art. 24 – see Consular Fees);
  • ORIGINAL BIRTH, MARRIAGE AND DEATH CERTIFICATES FOR THE LAST PERSON/ANCESTOR BORN IN ITALY (Please Note: the ancestor’s birth certificate MUST be issued by the Comune of origin in Italy, it is called “Estratto per riassunto dell’atto di nascita”);
  • IF THE ANCESTOR NATURALISED IN THE COUNTRY OF EMIGRATION BEFORE THE NEXT DESCENDANT WAS BORN, YOU DO NOT QUALIFY FOR ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP;
  • IF ANY OF THE ANCESTORS RENOUNCED THE ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP BEFORE THE BIRTH OF THE NEXT DESCENDANT, YOU DO NOT QUALIFY FOR ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP;
  • DECLARATION FROM THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES IN THE COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE OF THE LAST PERSON BORN IN ITALY THAT HE/SHE NEVER NATURALISED IN THAT COUNTRY, OR WITH THE DATE OF NATURALISATION. For the UK, this declaration can be obtained from The National Archives, Kew Richmond Surrey TW9 4DU (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk) or, for the period after 1 October 1986, from Home Office UK Border Agency Reliance House 20 Water Street, Liverpool, L2 8XU ukbanationalityenquiries@ukba.gsi.gov.uk; this declaration must be apostilled (for declaration issued in the UK, see info HERE);
  • ORIGINAL BIRTH, MARRIAGE AND DEATH CERTIFICATES FOR ALL THE DESCENDANTS OF THE ITALIAN BORN IN ITALY IN THE LINE LEADING TO THE APPLICANT, INCLUDING BIRTH AND, IF APPLICABLE, MARRIGE AND/OR DIVORCE CERTIFICATES OF THE APPLICANT;
  • ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATES, if applicable, of all children under 18 years of age living with the applicant;

Each of the above certificates and the declaration (except for the “estratto” issued in Italy) must be legalised and translated into Italian. The legalisation is by means of an Apostille, if the Country signed the Hague Convention of 5th October 1961, if not it must be legalized by the Italian Embassy/Consulate in the country of issue.

Translations into Italian made by a sworn translator must be legalised or apostilled by the competent authorities in the country of issue. If the translation is carried out by a professional (non sworn) translator, like in the UK where the professional figure of the sworn translator is not officially recognised, translations must be duly certified. A certification of translation can be obtained as follows:

  • At the Consulate General of Italy in Edinburgh ONLY for certificates issued in the UK (see here);
  • At the competent Italian Consulate for certificates issued outside the UK certified (for a list of Italian Consulates and Embassies visit http://www.esteri.it/mae/it).

 

  • APPLICANT’S PASSPORT and photocopy of the pages showing the photograph, signature and U.K. residence permit or working visa with at least 2 years validity from the date of submission of your application;
  • IF APPLICABLE, photocopy of the passport of spouse and of all children under 18 years of age living with the applicant;
  • PROOF OF ADDRESS (utility bill, bank statement not older than three months prior the date of the appointment, etc.);
  • CONSULAR FEES OF € 300,00 to be paid (in GBP) on the day of the appointment in cash or Postal Order (art. 7b – see Consular Fees).

Each original certificate and document must be submitted together with a photocopy of each page. PHOTOCOPIES MUST BE ON ONE SIDE ONLY. DOUBLE SIDED PHOTOCOPIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Certificates for the recognition of citizenship by descent do not have an expiration date.

The Italian mother can transfer her Italian citizenship only to children born on and after 01/01/1948

Applicants will need to attend the Consulate in person (by appointment only)

Please note if you have a tourist visa, a student visa, or a WHV (Working Holiday Visa), you cannot apply for the Italian citizenship at this Consulate. On the date of your appointment, you must have more than 2 years left on a British residence permit or more than 2 years left on a working visa.

The whole process can take up to two years to be finalized.

Please note: contact the Citizenship Office for an appointment only after you have collected all the required documentation.

Original certificates shall not be returned

 

b) CITIZENSHIP BY BIRTH FOR BRITISH CITIZENS (whose parents are registered with this Consulate - AIRE)

Recognition of citizenship by descent for UK citizens since birth (aged 18+), who are descendant of Italian nationals registered with this Consulate General (AIRE). Applicants must produce the following:

  • APPLICATION FORM DULY COMPLETED AND UNSIGNED (MOD 2 - see Forms). The application must be signed in front of the officer during the appointment at the Consulate. Consular fees for the legalisation of the applicant’s signature on the application will be required (art. 24 – see Consular Fees);
  • FULL BIRTH CERTIFICATE of the applicant and, if applicable, MARRIAGE AND/OR DIVORCE CERTIFICATES, and FULL BIRTH CERTIFICATE of all children under 18 years of age living with the applicant. All the above documents must be submitted in original and must be apostilled (for info see HERE);

Each of the above certificates must be legalised and translated into Italian. The legalisation is by means of an Apostille, if the Country signed the Hague Convention of 5th October 1961, if not it must be legalized by the Italian Embassy/Consulate in the country of issue.

Translations into Italian made by a sworn translator must be legalised or apostilled by the competent authorities in the country of issue. If the translation is carried out by a professional (non sworn) translator, like in the UK where the professional figure of the sworn translator is not officially recognised, translations must be duly certified. A certification of translation can be obtained as follows:

  • At the Consulate General of Italy in Edinburgh ONLY for certificates issued in the UK (see here);
  • At the competent Italian Consulate for certificates issued outside the UK certified (for a list of Italian Consulates and Embassies visit http://www.esteri.it/mae/it).

 

  •  APPLICANT’S PASSPORT (valid) and photocopy of the pages showing the photograph and signature;
  • IF APPLICABLE, photocopy of the passport of spouse and of all children under 18 years of age living with the applicant;
  • PROOF OF ADDRESS (utility bill, bank statement not older than three months prior the date of the appointment, etc.);
  • CONSULAR FEES OF € 300,00 to be paid (in GBP) on the day of the appointment in cash or Postal Order (art. 7b – see Consular Fees).

Each original certificate and document must be submitted together with a photocopy of each page. PHOTOCOPIES MUST BE ON ONE SIDE ONLY. DOUBLE SIDED PHOTOCOPIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Certificates for the recognition of citizenship by descent do not have an expiration date.

The Italian mother can transfer her Italian citizenship only to children born on and after 01/01/1948

Applicants will need to attend the Consulate in person (by appointment only)

The whole process can take up to two years to be finalized.

Please note: contact the Citizenship Office for an appointment only after you have collected all the required documentation.

Original certificates shall not be returned

 

c) CITIZENSHIP BY BIRTH FOR BRITISH CITIZENS (whose parents are NOT registered with this Consulate - AIRE)

Recognition of citizenship by descent for UK citizens since birth, who are descendant of Italian nationals NOT registered with this Consulate General (AIRE). Applicants must produce the following:

  • APPLICATION FORM DULY COMPLETED AND UNSIGNED (MOD 3 - see Forms). The application must be signed in front of the officer during the appointment at the Consulate. Consular fees for the legalisation of the applicant’s signature on the application will be required (art. 24 – see Consular Fees);
  • ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE issued by the Italian Municipality (called "Estratto per riassunto dell’atto di nascita") of the LAST person in your family born in Italy and emigrated;
  • DECLARATION for the period 1844/Sept. 1986, from The National Archives, Kew Richmond Surrey TW9 4DU (www.nationalarchives.gov.uk) and, for the period after 1 October 1986, from Home Office UK Border Agency Reliance House 20 Water Street, Liverpool, L2 8XU, http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/britishcitizenship - http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/britishcitizenship/proof-that-you-are-not-british/ (ukbanationalityenquiries@ukba.gsi.gov.uk) that the last person born in Italy and emigrated, either never naturalised in this Country, or stating the date of naturalisation. This declaration must be apostilled (for info see HERE);
  • IF THE ANCESTOR BORN IN ITALY NATURALISED AS A BRITISH CITIZEN BEFORE THE NEXT DESCENDANT WAS BORN, YOU DO NOT QUALIFY FOR ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP;
  • IF ANY OF THE ANCESTORS RENOUNCED THE ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP BEFORE THE BIRTH OF THE NEXT DESCENDANT, YOU DO NOT QUALIFY FOR ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP;
  • ORIGINAL CERTIFICATES of BIRTH, MARRIAGE and DEATH of ALL the descendants leading to the applicant. ALL certificates MUST be apostilled (for info see HERE);
  • FULL BIRTH CERTIFICATE of the applicant and, if applicable, MARRIAGE AND/OR DIVORCE CERTIFICATES, and FULL BIRTH CERTIFICATE of all children under 18 years of age living with the applicant. All the above documents must be submitted in original and must be apostilled (for info see HERE);

Each of the above certificates and the declaration (except for the “estratto” issued in Italy) must be legalised and translated into Italian. The legalisation is by means of an Apostille, if the Country signed the Hague Convention of 5th October 1961, if not it must be legalized by the Italian Embassy/Consulate in the country of issue.

Translations into Italian made by a sworn translator must be legalised or apostilled by the competent authorities in the country of issue. If the translation is carried out by a professional (non sworn) translator, like in the UK where the professional figure of the sworn translator is not officially recognised, translations must be duly certified. A certification of translation can be obtained as follows:

  • At the Consulate General of Italy in Edinburgh ONLY for certificates issued in the UK (see here);
  • At the competent Italian Consulate for certificates issued outside the UK certified (for a list of Italian Consulates and Embassies visit http://www.esteri.it/mae/it).

 

  • APPLICANT’S PASSPORT (valid) and photocopy of the pages showing the photograph and signature;
  • IF APPLICABLE, photocopy of the passport of spouse and of all children under 18 years of age living with the applicant;
  • PROOF OF ADDRESS (utility bill, bank statement not older than three months prior the date of the appointment, etc.);
  • CONSULAR FEES OF € 300,00 to be paid (in GBP) on the day of the appointment in cash or Postal Order (art. 7b – see Consular Fees).

Each original certificate and document must be submitted together with a photocopy of each page. PHOTOCOPIES MUST BE ON ONE SIDE ONLY. DOUBLE SIDED PHOTOCOPIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Certificates for the recognition of citizenship by descent do not have an expiration date.

The Italian mother can transfer her Italian citizenship only to children born on and after 01/01/1948

Applicants will need to attend the Consulate in person (by appointment only)

The whole process can take up to two years to be finalized.

Please note: contact the Citizenship Office for an appointment only after you have collected all the required documentation.

Original certificates shall not be returned


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