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The Citizenship Office is open to the public on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9.00 AM to 1:00 PM, only by appointment. Click here to schedule an appointment.

Tel: (212) 439-8602 from 2.30 PM to 4.00 PM
Address: 690 Park Avenue, 10065 New York, NY. Second floor.



General information

Italian citizenship is currently regulated by Law no. 91 February 5th 1992 (and regulation for its implementation: specifically DPR no. 572 of 12th October 1993 and DPR no. 362 of 18th April 1994). The law reaffirms the importance of individual’s will to gain or lose Italian citizenship and it gives the right to hold more than one citizenship simultaneously.

Italian citizenship can be recognized or obtained in one of the following ways:

- By descent (Iure sanguinis)

- By marriage (Iure matrimonii )

- Residence in Italy

- Law no.124 of 8 March 2006

- Citizenship for minors

We suggest to carefully read the information and instructions written in this Section for a better understanding of the rules and a faster process of application.

Each applicant must apply to the consular office of residence.

Residents of the State of New York, Connecticut, New Jersey (Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren Counties only) and Bermuda Islands have to submit in person
the applications at Citizenship office of Consulate General of Italy in New York.


As of July 8th, 2014 all applications for the recognition of the Italian citizenship by descent and by marriage prior to April 27, 1983 are subject to the payment of a € 300 fee (Law n. 66 April 24th, 2014 and modifications Law n. 89 June 23rd, 2014 art. 5-bis, comma
1). The payment will be made at Consulate General of Italy the day of the appointment in dollars at the rate in effect in the last three months by a money order or cash. The application fee is NON REFUNDABLE, regardless of the outcome of the petition.

The applicant is required to submit the documents in person the day of the appointment at the Citizenship office. The office will than verify the documents and send them in Italy for registration. Once the applicant receives the certificate of citizenship from the Office, he can apply for a passport.

Those who don't provide the sufficient documentation to allow opening a file, will be invited to schedule a new appointment.

In case of incomplete or incorrect documentation, the applicant must submit the missing documents within six months. Beyond this deadline, an advance notice of denial will be sent to the applicant, followed by a final rejection in case the applicant does not reply.

For certificates issued by other countries, before taking an appointment with the Citizenship office of this Consulate, the applicant should contact the Italian Consular office located in the country where the documents were issued in order to verify their validity for the subsequent registration in Italy (to find the Italian consular office check on this website).

Italian citizens who must register the birth of a minor child or a marriage to the Comune, should consult the Vital Records Section.