Cost of Obtaining Italian Dual Citizenship

ItalianGal/ Gathering Documents and Records/ 12 comments

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.

Translation price
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
Other potential expenses
Most people can do all the work and file on their own.  In certain situations people may need to hire outside help to collect records or for legal issues.  For example, if you are running into problems getting a record from Italy, there are agencies that have relationships with Italian governments and can help for a fee.  If you are running into problems with the consulate accepting your paperwork or want to challenge or get advice on a law, it may make sense to hire an Italian lawyer.  If you are having problems making corrections to your records, you may need to hire an American lawyer.  Of course, all of this would add to the cost.

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?

12 Comments

  1. I just came back from Agrigento and now have my GGF’s Atti di Nascita. I plan to apply for Italian Dual Citizenship in Sicilia while residing there (not through Italian Embassy in USA).

    NY Law says I need a court order to obtain my Grandparents and Parents Birth Certificates because they’re still alive.
    Could you help me or advise me on this matter?

    Sincerely,
    M Boitano

    1. Hi, I am planning on staying in Italy to get my dual citizenship…it is too hard to get my deceased fathers bc from New York State, I need a court order…but if your grandparents are still alive , they can apply, for their own birth certificates in New York State, the documents are online…should be no problem. I have corresponded with an attorney in Italy, they require fewer documents, but he is charging a huge fee, so I am shopping around for a more reasonable fee…as far as the new 300 euro fee at US consulates,, I read this is because of a fee charged by Italy. This attorney did not mention there was a 300 euro fee if you process in Italy…the only problem is you have to be in Italy, establish residency, which requires renting a place and showing the utility bills…but for me it works out…it can be a long process to get all the documents needed applying through an Italian consulate in the US, but, it will be worth it! Hope something I have said here helps someone!

  2. Dear Mr. Boitano;
    Can you please let me know how this is progressing for you.
    I am of Sicilian ancestry and would like to obtain dual citizenship
    The process seems frustrating. Good luck. Joan

  3. I started my dual citizenship process in NY, I went so far and then I stopped. I had to change my grandmother’s last name as I my father’s birth certificate was misspelled.

    I moved to Florida recently and am starting the process. I want to live in Italy so I want the dual citizenship…Now the Florida consulate is charging $395.00 for the an application fee, whether it is successful or not.

    I don’t recall any fee in NY or if there was a fee it was not this amount.

    Why is this system so inconsistent?

  4. Judy,
    the fee for the NY consulate is 300 euros…which is more or less equivalent to the $395 you are being charged depending on the day’s exchange rate.

  5. I have my appointment scheduled at the consulate in Philly. They are charging me $400 to apply. They have also said that I can’t have any discrepancies. I have several documents where names are not spelled the same. Any suggestions on how to get these corrected?

  6. Hi,
    I’m in the process of scouting out various firms who specialize in obtaining citizenship and have received a wide range of quotes. Does anyone have an idea of roughly what the process costs with all fees considered? If anyone has a recommendation as to which service I should use that would likewise be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance,
    Paul

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  8. I already have my great grand parents passports. What other documents do I need?

  9. How difficult would it be for me to get dual citizenship?
    I was born in Sicily , I have my birth certificate, I was naturalized in 1972, I had just turned 21,
    However my father remained , Italian citizen, he has passed, but I do have his passport,
    I’m going there for 90 days, and would it be easier to apply there?

  10. Hello,

    My name is Alexandra Garcia. My grandmother is Italian. I’m an American citizen but my mother is Brazilian and was born before the year 1948. She has all the documents necessary. All her younger sisters already have their Italian citizenship from these documents. What’s necessary for my mother to obtain her Italian citizenship? I would like to know how it works and what needs to be done, how much would it cost and how long etc. Thank you.

    Kind Regards, Alexandra

  11. Hello, can anyone recommend a few lawyers in the southeast (Florida would be great) that handle cases for Americans applying for Italian dual citizenship by decent? I’ve been working on this process for over a year and basically want to hire someone to help expedite it. Thanks!! Ricky

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