Saturday, October 5, 2013

Temporary Shutdown

Hello Everyone!

I am temporarily shutting down the blog as it is currently being re-vamped. I hope to unveil it within the next couple of weeks months.

Please note that I have finally put in my request for an appointment with the consulate to officially apply for citizenship!!!!!

A presto!

Citizenship Saturday: Do I Qualify Part III

Good Morning Everyone!

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. The weather here is a bit glum, but thankfully the summer weather hasn't left us completely here in New Jersey. It has been chilly in the mornings and then gradually gets warmer throughout the day.

It has been quite some time since I last posted anything for Citizenship Saturday, so I thought I would post something in hopes of helping you. I have written about the Dual Citizenship Message Board before, but I wanted to share some links with you. A few members have done a wonderful job explaining the Jure Sanguinis Citizenship Recognition Process, and are posted under the section Qualifying - Jure Sanguinis when you open up to the homepage. In their posts, they have even included links to other great posts which further explain certain aspects of the process, including laws such as the 1912 law and the addition of women being able to pass down citizenship with the 1948 change.

The post the board recommends you read is titled 'Jure Sanguinis Citizenship Recognition Process'. He discusses topics like 'Do I Qualify',  determining which consulate to apply to, making amendments to documents, as well as other topics.

Please note: Before diving into this whole process if you have not yet started it is important to determine if you meet the necessary requirements. The process can be very expensive and very long, depending on how far back you are going in your family tree. It is better to know prior to starting the process if you do not qualify then to find out later down the road.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Incoming Translations

My translator and I have been talking back and forth since probably the end of July. I had a total of nine other documents that had to unfortunately be translated. I did not realize how many there were! Altogether, I think there were probably a total of 20 scans to her.

Anyway, the translations are currently in the mail to me!! :)

Of course, I have also hit a road block. I constantly heard horror stories of bureaucratic red tape with the Italian government. Honestly, the US government is just as bad, if not worse. I am requesting my father's grandfather's death certificate from New York State for the final time. The first time I applied, they denied sending a copy to us. On the second time around, they would now like an affidavit stating basically what all the birth certificates, marriage certificates, and death certificates that were sent to support who we are. If this does not work, and they deny sending a copy, all that I have will have to do. The Italian consulate asked that I try to request it again, and that is what I am doing. Once I receive a response, my application for citizenship will be finally sent in.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Not So Smooth Sailing

I have been quite anxious about finishing my citizenship process. Somehow that has been re-instilled in me. Back when I first began acquiring the documents, I was so excited. At some point, I became a bit disinterested after my appointment, and with the amount of money being poured into it, I altogether stopped everything.

Luckily, I have a fantastic translator who works closely with the consulate, and know the basic rules surrounding jure sanguinis. She was able to tell me that rules had changed, everything was being processed much quicker. My remaining documents to be translated were all scanned over to her, and are currently being translated. She was a bit alarmed by the amount of scans included in my e-mail. Howeverm I re-assured her that it was not as overwhelming as she thought. Instead of 18 pages, there was actually half that amount. The marriage certificates from NYC were much longer than all the other documents, and did not quite fit on my scanner. I had to create two scans for each page, just to show all the information.

In addition, my second request for my great grandfather's death certificate was again rejected. The letter I received asked that a notarized affidavit be sent in with copies of the required documents for the dual citizenship process. This would mean its not entirely unobtainable. During my appointment in Newark in 2011, they asked that I request this document again, and if the state still decided not to issue, to send paperwork stating so. In my preparation for sending out these requirements to NY State, I went to the consulate website to print out their requirements. Previously, the website showed that birth, marriage and death certificates were required. However, now the website does not even mention death certificates.

I quickly emailed my translator to see if there was someone I could contact in regard to this. If they no longer require it, that would mean I'm actually done and have everything! Once the translations are completed I can finally apply!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Hold Your Translator Dear to You!

As I have probably mentioned many times on here, I have been procrastinating finishing my citizenship. But enough is enough. By mistake, I sent my last document request in April to the NYC office for record requests, instead of NY State. Earlier, this mistake would not have been made, as I had memorized where every document request had to be made throughout the entire process.

I had forgotten!

I had begun emailing my translator back in January stating I need a couple of more docs translated. She replied, no problem! Yesterday, I sent a follow-up apologizing for the delay as I had been procrastinating, and that I would still need docs translated. She told me to stop procrastinating, get my papers organized because Newark is now setting up appointments and processing much faster. I then told her that during my appointment, they had told me I needed to apply the NY... This was probably why I was procrastinating so much. I had read about many horror stories involving the NY consulate, and experienced unpleasant conversations with one of their workers.
Very unhelpful.
Very rude.
Very strict.

They do not like to budge!

She then quickly emailed me back, "don't send them to NY. Send them into Newark. New rules."

Ok, so what the new rules are exactly, I have no idea. But, I'm sending my papers to Newark then, and suddenly became motivated. I created a spreadsheet of all my documents I needed, a column for everything that needed a copy of the original, and everything left for translation... It turned out I had more documents to be translated - a total of 5!

I just finished scanning them all into the computer, and quickly wrote up another e-mail to her. Hopefully she doesn't freak out at the amount of scans. There were probably 12 pages. UGH!

Tomorrow, I'll begin making copies of everything that needs copies and make sure all the copies are clear. I may need to re-copy some of them as parts look either cut off or not clear. The fact that I am so much closer to the finish line, makes me SO excited. She renewed my faith in finishing the process finally.

I will let everyone know once everything's been organized. I will have everything ready by the time the last doc request comes back, which will probably take 3 weeks. Then email that final translation over, and I'm all set! :)

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Spring in Jersey

Wow! It has been quite a long time since I last wrote. Luckily, since I now have a laptop, I can go just about anywhere to blog now. Right now my pup and I are enjoying the warm sun outside in our garden. The cherry trees and apple trees are in blossom, and my dad and I will soon be preparing the vegetable garden. We have already managed to buy plants to plant once everything is set up.

Today I am also happy to announce that after much procrastination, I have finally mailed in for my great grandfather's death certificate.  This was requested of me at the Newark (NJ) Italian consulate during my appointment in August 2011. After that has been received, and the NYC Dept. of Health states it takes 4-6 weeks, I can then mail in everything to the NYC Italian consulate. I have to send all of my papers there, in spite of being a resident of NJ, since all my documents, except for the Italian documents and one other doc, are from NY. I guess they have to check all the seals, and make sure I followed NY's Apostille process correct? I am only guessing that is the reason, unless the entire process will be through NY. ( For anyone applying that is a NJ resident, this is only in my case. )

I canNOT wait for it to finally be finished. I am also wanting to plan a visit to Italy either by the end of this year or sometime next year. It has been nearly 4 years since I have been there. Too long!

A dopo!