Saturday, April 17, 2010

Citizenship Saturday: Do I Qualify, Part II

Last week, our discussion lead you to learning about qualifying through a parent or grandparent. Do not allow this to deter you from pursuing dual citizenship. It is said that there are no generational limitations in applying... as long as certain aspects do not interrupt the bloodline, such as naturalization.

How to Obtain Citizenship Through a Great Grandparent

Applying through a great grandmother

With this generation included, it may become increasingly more difficult to obtain citizenship through a woman within your family. If you are applying through your great grandmother, and your grandmother was born before January 1, 1948, you do not qualify. However, if your grandmother was born after the aforementioned date, continue reading. (To learn about the January 1, 1948 law, click here.)

To apply through a great grandparent, you must obtain the following documents:

great grandmother's birth certificate
great grandfather's birth certificate
*great grandparents' marriage certificate
*great grandparents' death certificate

* whether the documents originate from Italy or from the United States will determine whether they will need an apostille.

(1) grandparents' birth certificates
grandparents' marriage certificate
* grandparents' death certificate

* If this applies, you must acquire these documents.

(2) your parents' birth certificates
parents' marriage certificate
* parents' divorce certificate
* parents' death certificates

* If this applies, you must acquire these documents.

(3) Your birth certificate

If you wish to include your children in your application, they must be minors, and you must include your marriage certificate, as well as your child/children's birth certificate(s). If your child is no longer longer a minor, he/she must apply on his/her own.

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