All civil litigations need supporting documents. Without the basic documentation, no proceedings goes forward. It is necessary to prove data and information, certify the intentions or needs and prove the veracity of the information. The process of recognition of Italian citizenship takes place in the same way. Let´s go: what are the documents needed to recognition of Italian citizenship? Here at Travel to Calabria you make the trip of your dreams!!! Are you staying in Calabria? LOOKING FOR A HOTEL IN CALABRIA? Check our suggestions! Click here!
We know that many have the right to Italian citizenship and don’t even know it. Or, when they are aware of their right, they don’t know where to start the process or what documentation should be collected. So let’s check the documents that are required, and how they must be submitted for your application to be approved. Come on?
1) Circular K28
As a reference for the recognition of Italian citizenship, we use circular K28 (Circular No. K. 28.1 of April 8, 1991 issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) which regulates the process of recognition of citizenship for foreigners of Italian origin. It guides what documents are needed to start the process. The main documents are the birth and marriage certificates of the applicant and his ascendants until reaching the Italian ascendant. Read also: what are the ten places must see in Calabria?
Let’s take a small example by direct ancestry:
The application for citizenship by descent from an Italian great-grandfather: What are the documents to be presented by the applicant? How to know where the great-grandfather lived to have access to his documentation?
First, we start to analyze the documentation of the applicant for Italian citizenship. We go from the applicant through his direct ascendants until the Italian great-grandfather. Thus: APPLICANT’S GREAT-GRANDFATHER – APPLICANT’S GRANDFATHER – APPLICANT’S FATHER ⇐ APPLICANT
You will need birth and marriage certificates, for everyone on this scale and all descendants who wish to recognize their Italian citizenship jus sanguinis. If the GRANDFATHER was married in the country where the applicant lives, the marriage certificate is also important to identify information about the Italian great-grandfather. Read also: eight Steps To Start Your Family Tree
On the GRANDFATHER’S birth and marriage certificates, you will have important information to locate the applicant GREAT-GRANDFATHER’S certificates, such as where he was born in Italy. After that, it is possible to contact the Comune or the local Parish in Italy.
In Italy, civil registration began to be implemented in Veneto from 1860 onwards. However, it was not until 1871 that the Italian civil registration became mandatory. In southern Italy, it was even earlier; in some regions, from 1809 and in others, from 1820. Read also: Who Has The Right To Italian Citizenship?
When the Italian ascendant does not have a civil birth certificate
When the Italian ascendant does not have a civil birth certificate, the baptism certificate is valid as a document for the recognition of Italian citizenship.
All documentation must be FULL CONTENT. In other words, in cases involving financial matters or that are of a diplomatic nature, full content documentation is mandatory. In specific processes for the recognition of Italian citizenship, consulates require this type of documentation, regardless of whether the process is carried out in Italy or in the applicant’s country.
Why this requirement?
Full Content documentation is more complete in information. The regular certificates are more concise in terms of the data provided. In full content certificates, further data can be included, such as annotations, paternity, among others. Being more complete, it provides a better analysis by official agents.
2) Negative Naturalization Certificate
Another important document for the process of recognition of Italian citizenship is the CNN, Negative Naturalization Certificate. It is done on the Ministry of Justice website and can be done for free on the internet, as well as its authentication.
The application for the Negative Naturalization Certificate must be made in the name of the applicant, with one CNN per applicant. Each request for citizenship recognition must have the CNN of the Italian ascendant.
The Negative Naturalization Certificate serves to inform that there is no registration of naturalization in the name of the researched person. The Italian ascendant cannot have undergone a naturalization process in another country. This certificate serves to prove this.
With the documents in hand, it is important to analyze them in detail. Place and date of birth, surnames, first names, names of spouses, among others. The information in a document must be identical to the others. This analysis is very important in the process of recognizing Italian citizenship. If there is any discrepancy, it needs to be rectified. Some issues depend on the interpretive analysis of the COMUNE officer.
How to know if you need documentation correction?
When an applicant goes to Italy to undergo the citizenship recognition process via Comune, we advise to rectify all documentation. This way, there will not be any unexpected event when the Comune officer is going to analyze the documents.
Within this theme, we mention the issue of death certificates. According to K28, the use of these certificates is not necessary. However, this will also depend on the Officer’s interpretation. This officer can understand that to complement an analysis, the death certificate is necessary and he will require it. That way, it should be provided, therefore, it is more feasible to present the same.
After issuing the certificates and analyzing them, the applicant goes on to the apostille and translations stage. These steps also have their specifics and will be handled by us.
Can this entire process be done directly by the applicant?
Yes. However, having advice provides the applicant with specialized assistance in the phase of gathering and analyzing the documentation, and in monitoring in the Comune and delivering the documentation. With this specialized help, the applicant knows what to expect from each phase and, thus, get its recognition in a more agile way.
Curiosities: what is the Comune?
Whenever the topic of Italian citizenship is approached, the term COMUNE is used and it is not always clear what it is. The Italian COMUNE is the basic form of territorial organization. It is equivalent to the concept of municipality.
It has an administrator, or Manager, and the Communal Council, the equivalent of mayor and city council. In total, Italy has today: 20 regions, 109 provinces, and 8,103 comunes. It is therefore in the Comune that the applications for Italian citizenship are analyzed by an officer.
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What documents are required for recognition of Italian citizenship? This post is very important for those who want to have the recognition of Italian citizenship, not only for acquiring an Italian passport and all the diplomatic advantages, but for having the feeling of having been reborn, of having acquired a new identity and returning to the country of origin, leaving here a new house created during that period they were in Italy.
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