The Struggles of Getting My Italian Citizenship

I’ve been through hell and back since 2011 to get all the required paperwork to Italy for my Italian Citizenship through jure sanguinis. It’s been an interesting journey so far. I continue to struggle getting the last remaining documents from Argentina that Italy requires.

I’ve hired to obtain the documents that proves neither my grandmother nor my mother were ever citizens of Argentina but the company has been unresponsive and unhelpful. They were very responsive when they wanted the cash and other documents though. I had to show proof to them that my mother and grandmother are either alive or dead (I don’t know why this matters) to get the other documents proving their status in Argentina. Documents to get documents, it’s been a cycle.

Item number 3 from my original post has been completed. Item 1 can only be completed once item 2 is finished and I send ALL my documents back to Argentina to get approved again.

Learn more about my experiences on the QiRanger podcast below. I was a guest of the show. Pressing play will put you right to the interview.


  1. Maximuz on August 29, 2013 at 11:38 am

    1.5 years….. wow….. I wonder if it would be better to apply in a consulate on a different consulate. Gesh man, good luck!!!

  2. Nathalia Rotelli on August 29, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    My family is trying for ten years already….

  3. Michael on September 1, 2013 at 8:00 am

    A party in Italy!

  4. Sab | on September 28, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    I’m half Italian, but never thought about getting an Italian citizenship. Well I’m from the EU, it wouldn’t work to my advantage to get an Italian passport anyway. Just curious, do you need to speak the language to obtain the Italian citizenship? Good luck with everything!

  5. Renee on October 14, 2013 at 8:37 am

    I’ve been trying for 3 years now, have an appointment this week at the Consulate in Perth, Australia, fingers crossed we have everything!

  6. Van on November 28, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Just watched the QiRanger podcast and got some great information. I’ve emailed you prior about getting information about my father not receiving citizenship in Argentina. Have you heard of regarding the Certificado de No Naturalizado Argentino? They’ve advised me they can obtain the document in 18 days with Italian Embassy translation in BA at US$300.
    Have you received your documentation and is it the 003 form (Solicitud De Certificado De No Ciudadano Argentino)? The consulate told me it was easiest to fly and get this in person.
    Not in a huge rush, but I wish there was a straightforward answer from officials.

    • Michael on November 29, 2013 at 9:47 am

      Never heard of that site but looks like it’ll do the same thing can do. Although with, they don’t have an official section for Certificado de No Naturalizado Argentino. I had to email them to get this. Can’t remember how much but it was a little less but not much. This included translations and apostille. The problem you’ll have more difficult time with is getting it approved by the italian embassy in BA. You need to actually be there or have a family member to do this for you. You could try to get someone to do this for you over there but you’d like to give power of attorney to do it. Keep me updated!

  7. Christian van Kooten on May 4, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    ABC trámites Argentina is the best option.

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