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Please Note

Please see the following page for Forms, Check List and Accplication for Citizenship application.

  • Applicants must not come to the Consulate on the day of their appointment. Applications must be sent by certified mail (without return receipt), following the instructions on the Check List (for Iure Sanguinis applications), on the day of the appointment.
  • You will receive payment confirmation and application general evaluation within 2 months of submitting the application. The day that you receive payment confirmation and general application evaluation is not the date that the 24 month processing time starts. Please see below for more information regarding processing times.
  • We cannot respond to requests that applications have been received by our office if 2 months have not passed from delivery date.
  • If submitting an application for more than person please put all applicants’ names on the envelope who have an appointment. Please note that applicants who submit their application together must have appointments within a month of each other.
  • Applications received by our office will be returned if the applicant does not have an appointment
  • If an application is not postmarked the day of the appointment date the entire application will be returned, and your original appointment will be cancelled
  • Please see our Check List for instructions on submitting certificates issued outside of the United States and Italy
  • To register the birth of an underage child and/or marriage of a person ALREADY recognized as an Italian citizen please consult Vital Records
  • We cannot respond to questions regarding specific cases through email or phone.
  • We cannot schedule, change or transfer appointments through email or phone.
  • Original documentation is not returned.
  • The money order is not refunded in case of a negative evaluation.


Processing Time

Processing times for eligible applicants are currently 24 months for all applications and 48 months for citizenship through marriage applications for marriages on or after 27 April 1983. Requests for updates about applications will be responded to only if the above processing time has passed since completed applications has been submitted. If we cancelled your appointment due to COVID we will contact you to reschedule. Please note that the 24 month processing time will be retroactive to the date of your original appointment if we cancelled your original appointment. The Italian Consulate will send a confirmation by email when we have completed processing your application. After you receive this email you will then be able to request a passport.

  • The 24 month processing time starts on the date of the original appointment, not the date that we email payment confirmation and overall evaluation.
  • If we request additional documentation the 24 month processing time starts on the date that we receive the additional documentation. We will only contact you if the additional documentation received by this office is not
  • correct.
  • We can grant a 6-9 month extension if needed due to COVID. The 24 month processing time will start on the day the documentation was received for those who requested an extension.

General Information


Currently Italian citizenship is regulated by the law of February 5th 1992, n. 91 (and related regulations, particularly DPR October 12th, 1993, n. 572 and DPR April 18th, 1992, n. 362) which, unlike the previous statute, reconsiders the automatic loss of Italian citizenship because of voluntary naturalization in another country and recognizes the right to multiple citizenships.

Italian citizenship recognition / acquisition occurs through the following:

We highly recommend to attentively read each section and subsection of the various categories to ensure eligibility for Italian citizenship recognition and acquisition and for further instructions.

The Authority responsible for verifying the authenticity and eligibility of applications is determined based on place of residence. For residents abroad this authority is the diplomatic-consular Authority responsible for the applicant’s territory.

Residents in New York State, Connecticut, New Jersey (for the following counties: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren) and Bermuda, must present citizenship applications through mail to the Citizenship Office of the Consulate General of Italy in New York.

Starting July 8th, 2014, Italian citizenship applications (Iure Sanguinis (for descent) e Iure Matrimoni (for women married to Italian-citizen men prior to April 27th, 1983) are subject a payment of the US Dollar equivalent of 300 euro in Money Order (article 5-bis from the April 24th 2014, n.66 decree, published on the G.U. n. 143 on June 23rd, 2014). The money order must be payable to “The Italian Consulate of Italy in New York” and the conversion rate of 300 Euros to U.S. Dollars changes once every 3 months and can be found on our website.

We would like to specify that the money order must be paid regardless of the outcome of the application.