The Italian Consulate

Capital building Rome Italian dual citizenshipAfter doing some research on the web, I got a lot of conflicting information on what documents were actually required. I later found out that this may partially have to do with which Italian consulate you go to.  Each has slight variations on what proof they are looking for. Some of this may also have had to do with the consulates changing their requirements over time.  Either way, it is best to check out the consulates website that services your state to find out exactly what you need.  Below is a list of the Italian consulates along with the states that each serves.

Note 8/20/2011: I’ve updated all of the links so they now go directly to the English citizenship page for each consulate.  Also, some consulate sites have better information than others.  The San Francisco site has a fantastic form you can download which will get you started.  From what I have seen, most consulates are pretty consistent in their requirements with minor variations.  The New York consulate seems to have slightly more stringent requirements than the others.

Boston – Consulate

Jurisdiction: Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

Chicago – Consulate
Jurisdiction: Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming

Detroit – Consulate
Jurisdiction: Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee

Houston – Consulate
Jurisdiction: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas

Los Angeles – Consulate
Jurisdiction: Arizona, California (counties: Imperial Valley, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Ventura), Nevada, New Mexico

Miami – Consulate
Jurisdiction: Alabama, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Florida, Georgia, Island of Saba, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, St. Eustatius, South Carolina, Turks and Caicos, U.S. Virgin Islands

New York – Consulate
Jurisdiction: New York, Connecticut, the British Territories of Bermuda Islands

Newark – Consulate
Jurisdiction: New Jersey (Counties: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, Warren)

Philadelphia – Consulate
Jurisdiction: Pennsylvania, Delaware, North Carolina, West Virginia, New Jersey (only the following counties: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean and Salem).

San Francisco – Consulate
Jurisdiction: Alaska, California (except the following counties, which are under the jurisdiction of the Italian Consulate in Los Angeles: Imperial Valley, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Ventura) Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, American Territories of Samoa, American Territory of Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Johnston Atoll, Wake Island, Midways Islands

Washington D.C. – Embassy
Jurisdiction: Maryland (Counties: Montgomery, Prince George), Virginia (Counties: Arlington, Fairfax)

I also found out that there are smaller adjunct consulates scattered throughout the US.  For example, my city of Portland, OR has one.  From what I have found these do not have citizenship services and you must go to one of the main consulates listed above.

What has been your experience in working with the Italian consulate?


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  • Lisa Conarroe
    July 5, 2013 - 8:29 am | Permalink

    I emailed my consulate back on May 20th and still have not heard anything – can you tell me what kind of time line I’m looking at for a response?
    Here is what I wrote perhaps you can also give me feedback
    Before going through the process of collecting all of the necessary documents and making an appointment with the consulate, I would like to confirm that I am eligible for Italian citizenship Jure Sanguinis.
    · My maternal Great Grandparents were Italian citizens when my Grandparents were born and were never naturalized
    · My Great Grandparents were all born in 1885 or later in Italy
    · My Grandparents were born in the US
    · My mother was born in 1953 in the US
    · I was born in 1981 in the US
    Nobody in my family has ever renounced their Italian citizenship.
    I’m planning to use the following lineage to apply: Great Grandfather ->Grandmother->Mother->Me


  • Perys Greentree Tedesco
    April 14, 2014 - 9:38 am | Permalink

    Bonjourno! Yes, I would like to apply for dual citi zenship. Yes, I would like to apply for Italian Citizenship. Three years ago My brother applied and two years later he received papers. He is now an Italian Citizen as well as an American. I need assistance. My name is Perys Greentree Tedesco. My adress is 5520 NE Glisan Street # 214, Portland Oregon.. My phone number is 503 236 3417. (My zip is 97213 ). Please try to get ahold of me. Thank You!

  • Lisa Foppiano
    December 28, 2015 - 4:31 am | Permalink

    I’m an American citizen living in Genoa,Italy for about 30yrs. I’d like to apply for Italian citizenship so I can teach in their State school system.What documents do I need to become a citizen through marriage?? Can I do it from Italy?? I’ve read that I’ll need a birth certificate and a police clearance with apostilles and translations.Do I also need anFBI clearance with finger prints??I’ll be in N.Y for a few days so if I can do something here please let me know. Thanks again!!!

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