One question I am often asked is how much it costs to obtain Italian Citizenship jure sanguinis. The answer is, it really depends on several factors including how many records you need to order, which states you are going through, the price your translator charges and which consulate you are going through.
Number of records
Generally speaking, the more generations you have to go back to claim Italian citizenship, the higher the cost. The reason for this, of course, is you’ll have more people to order records for the further back you go. The number of records you are making corrections on can impact this as well. When you request a correction, you’ll likely need to order and pay for a new copy of the corrected record.
States/Cities/Counties you are ordering records from
The cost of records and apostilles can vary greatly by state, city or county. I’ve seen states charge anywhere from $15 to $25 per vital record. Similarly, apostilles can cost anywhere from $1 to $20 each depending on the state. The cost of making corrections also varies. I wrote about a strategy on collecting records in this article that could help you keep unnecessary costs down.
The Italian consulate
Requirements can vary greatly by consulate which will increase or decrease the cost. For example, the number of documents the consulate requires be translated or have apostilles for can differ significantly. In addition, some consulates are more understanding when there are minor discrepancies whereas others require everything match across documents. Having to correct many records can add significantly to the cost. I have not heard of any consulates charging to actually apply. In addition, most consulates require you apply in person. The added cost to visit the consulate in person will vary based on your proximity to the consulate, accommodation needs, mode of transportation and the number of times you need to visit the consulate.
UPDATE 4/8/2015: Consulates are now charging a 300 Euro fee (paid in US Dollars for consulates in the United States) due at appointment. This fee is subject to change every three months.
Translators vary in their price. I’ve seen translators charge anywhere from $15-$50 per record.
Summary of costs
In general you can expect to pay :
- Vital Records: $15-$25 each
- Naturalization certificates and paperwork: $22 (for NARA documents), $35 (for USCIS certificate plus $20 if you need to do a search)
- Corrections: $10-$50 per record
- Apostilles: $1-$20 each
- Translations: $15-$50 per record
- Cost to visit consulate: varies
- Postage and miscellaneous: $20-$40
Have you run into any unexpected expenses in your own journey to claim Italian citizenship? Do you have advice for others on things you have learned to keep costs down?