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The Italian Dual Citizenship Process For Brazilians

The Celotto Genealogy Services Italian Citizenship Office offers Dual Citizenship services with transparency, personalized service and security. We are always available to Consult and Advise  to ensure our applicants a successful journey. 

We are aware of your struggle for recognition of the right to Dual Citizenship, which involves time and money. Therefore, we provide personalized and differentiated service, dealing case by case from beginning to end of the process, with honesty, seriousness and the quality of over 15 years of experience in the field of Dual Citizenship and Genealogical Research.


How to get Italian Citizenship in Brazil

Before deciding to start the process of recognition of your Italian Citizenship in Brazil and Italy, an applicant must take the first steps, which are:

  1. Check whether or not you have the right to Italian Citizenship.
  2. Set up your Family Tree and Family to find out who are the ancestors that give you the Italian descent. For this you will need some procedures:
    1. Talk to the elders in the Family and ask all sorts of questions about Family History. Write down dates, places, facts, etc.
    2. Gather all of the old Papers kept from your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc.
    3. Check your Parents ‘Birth and Marriage Certificates and write down the names of their Parents and Grandparents, Great Grandparents, etc. Also, carefully check the details of your Grandparents’ Birth, Marriage and Obito Certificates if any;
    4. With all the information collected, you can now assemble your Family Tree.
  3. Check the list of documents needed to begin the process.
  4. Conduct a search for Documents / Certificates in Italy, in the Notaries and Brazilian Churches. With the information you have been able to gather in your Pedigree Tree, it will be easier to start your search for the missing Certificates in Brazil and Italy. If you have the time, patience, and willingness to do the search yourself, call the local and local registry offices where you were born or married. If not leave it to us, as we have experience of more than 4 years in the area.
  5. Decide in which country to file the case, whether in Brazil or Italy. The process for recognition of your Italian Citizenship from then on, has differences of procedures whether in one country or another.

Phase One: Starting Your Application In Brazil

Once you have decided to file the case in Italy, you must complete the following steps, similar to the case of entry into Brazil, to begin the process of recognition of your Italian Citizenship.

  1. Gather all the necessary certificates required to prove you’re entitled to Italian Citizenship.
  2. Request an appointment with the Consulate of your jurisdiction for the legalization of Certificates, which must be made in a Brazilian Consulate, not in Italy. (We can help with legalization and also represent the applicant at the Italian Consulate of Curitiba, Sao Paulo, etc. Contact us for more information about the service.)
  3. Prior to convening the Consulate, review and correct Certificate errors, if necessary recognize firms in Notary Public Notaries and / or MRE and translate Brazilian Certificates into Italian by a Sworn Translator.
  4. When called by the Consulate, send or present all certificates prepared as required by each Italian Consulate.
  5. Wait for the Consulate to legalize, or not.

If your documents are not legalized, new procedures will be requested and a new consular appointment must be made, presenting all the Certificates in accordance with whatever new requirements are specified. If there is Legalization, the next step is to go to Italy and continue the application process.


Phase Two: Present Application To Italian Consulate (Option One)

After deciding to enter the process in Brazil and complete the first phase of the process, you, the applicant must

1. Enter the long lines of waiting for the Italian Consulate, where you and your Family must wait years to be called.

2. Gather the required certificates and assemble the application, while awaiting a call from the Italian Consulate to present the documents.

3. Review and correct Certificate Errors, if necessary with attention to the Names, Surnames, Dates and Places of Birth on all Certificates required by the Consulate, referring to the applicant’s Ancestors and Himself, if applicable. Depending on the Severity of Certificate Errors, the assistance of an attorney’s services will be required to open a Certificate Rectification Process.

4. Recognize firms in Notary Publics (Notaries) and / or MRE. This procedure is started after the Certificates have been well checked and, if necessary, corrected the errors through a Judicial Rectification Process.

5. Applicants will have a few months to present Certificates to the Consulate as required by the Consulate after being summoned.

6. Translate the Certificates into the Italian Language. Document Translation, a mandatory procedure for successfully completing the applicant’s Italian Citizenship Process, is initiated after the necessary corrections and notarization of all documents, and therefore, ONLY when convened by the Consulate. The Italian Certificates are already in Italian. All translations must be done by a Sworn Translator.

7. Submit or present all Certificates prepared as required by each Italian Consulate for evaluation when requested to summon the applicant.

8. Wait for the Italian Consulate to return with an opinion regarding the review of your Documentation, informing you if the process has been approved or if you need any further documents or corrections.

9. If approved, apply for the Italian Passport at the Italian Consulate itself competent for the jurisdiction of your residence upon completion of the procedure and receive confirmation of recognition of Italian Citizenship.


Phase Two: File A Lawsuit In Italy (Option Two)

1. All applicants over the age of 18 Must complete the Application Form and send it to the Italian Consulate.

2. It is necessary to wait 8 Months (240 days) as this is the deadline provided by Italian Law for the Italian Consulates to complete the proceedings.

3. While waiting for 8 Months, All Documentation must be prepared as required by each Italian Consulate.

4. After 8 months, the Italian Lawyer makes a (diffida) subpoena to the Italian Consulate and requests that the time limit provided by Law be respected.

5. By the Italian Consulate’s negative reply, a legal action is taken in Italy by T.A.R. (Tribunale Amministrativo di Roma), which takes an average of 8 months.

6. Upon receiving the positive judgment of the T.A.R, it is necessary to inform the Italian Consulate of jurisdiction about the judicial decision and await the summons for the presentation of the documents.

7. Documents should be sent to the Italian Consulate for review.

8. Upon receipt of confirmation of recognition of Italian Citizenship, applicants may apply for the Italian Passport from the competent Italian Consulate in the jurisdiction of their residence.


How to get Italian Citizenship in Italy

Once you have decided to file the case in Italy, you should follow the following steps, similar to the case of entry into Brazil.

Phase 1: Preparing Documents While In Brazil

Still in Brazil, you must follow some steps before entering the process for recognition of your Italian citizenship, as follows:

1. Gather all the necessary Certificates as described before.

2. Request an appointment with the Consulate of your jurisdiction for the Legalization of Certificates, which must be made in a Brazilian Consulate, not in Italy. (We can help with legalization and also represent the applicant at the Italian Consulate of Curitiba, Sao Paulo, etc.  Contact us for more information about this service.)

3. Prior to convening the Consulate, review and correct Certificate errors, if necessary recognize firms in Notary Public Notaries and / or MRE and translate Brazilian Certificates into Italian by a Sworn Translator.

4. When called by the Consulate, send or present all Certificates prepared as required by each Italian Consulate.

5. Wait for the Consulate to legalize or not.

If the documents are not legalized, new procedures will be requested and a new consular appointment must be made, presenting all the Certificates in accordance with the new requirements. If there is legalization, the next step is to go to Italy and continue the process.


Phase 2: Go To Italy And Submit The Application

Once you have decided to file the Case in Italy, and completed phase one of the process, in Italy, you must:

1. Receive the Entry Stamp on the Air Ticket in the first European country in which it lands and which belongs to the Schengen Agreement, in this case Italy (or another European country). This step is essential to start the process of Recognition of Italian Citizenship in Italy, and already serves as a declaration of presence in Italy. If you are arriving from another country in Europe you will need to make a declaration of presence at Questura. It is this Stamp in the Passport that will allow you to stay in Europe and Italy for 90 Days with the tourism motivation.

2. Find a Property (House, Apartment, B&B) and then apply for an Anagram Registration, or request to register your Residence with the Comune Italiano. This Comune controls your Home at the designated location through a Commune Vigil who makes surprise visits to see who is living there. Therefore, applying for recognition of Italian Citizenship directly in Italy is possible only if the applicant resides in an Italian Comune.

You must find a Place to Reside within the first 8 Working Days of your arrival in Italy. Therefore, it is ideal for the Applicant to Register their Residence with the help of an Advisory, as it arrives with the rented house / room. We have advisors who can help you with this step.

If the 8 days pass, it will not be possible to start the process of recognition of Italian Citizenship and you must return to Brazil. If you can find an appropriate place to reside and register your residence, you must go to Ufficio Anagrafe within the first 8 business days to apply for Registration.

3. Apply for Recognition of Italian Citizenship after the Residence Permit has been approved with the Ufficio dello Stato Civile. All necessary documents (Birth, Marriage, Death and CNN) must be provided with the translations, the Residence Certificate (some Comune require), the completed Italian Citizenship Application Form and a Seal (Cake Mark).

4. After submitting the documentation to Stato Civile, you must wait for the documents to be reviewed and answered at the time of the request or by a letter at your place of residence.

5. Apply for a Residence Permit in Italy if your process takes longer than 3 months to complete. This visa is called “Permesso di Soggiorno in Attesa di Cittadinanza”.

6. After examining the documents, first await the request of the head of Stato Civile for the “Certificate of No Waiver of Italian Citizenship to the Italian Consulates” (Certificato di Non Rinuncia alla Cittadinanza Italiana). This document will inform you that you and none of your Family Members, who give you the Italian Surname Directly, have renounced Italian Citizenship. Second, the applicant must wait for the Italian Consulate’s reply concerning the Certificate of Non-Waiver of Italian Citizenship (which usually takes between 3 and 6 months).

7. Upon reaching the Certificate of Non-Resignation, wait for Stato Civile employees to transcribe their Birth and Marriage Certificates (if married) in the books of the Comune Italiano, which takes 1-2 weeks, and then wait for the staff to call them. Civile to sign his Certificates in the books of the Comune. If all goes well, after this stage, the applicant can also be considered an Italian Citizen or better, an ITALIAN-BRAZILIAN CITIZEN.

8. Finally, request the Issuance of Italian Documents, such as Italian Passport, Italian Identity Card (or Italian Citizenship Certificate), Italian Birth Certificate and Italian Marriage Certificate.

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