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Recognition of citizenship by descent for citizens who are also british since birth


Recognition of citizenship by descent for citizens who are also british since birth

Documents for the recognition of citizenship by descent do not have an expiration date;
The Italian mother can transfer her Italian citizenship only to children born from 01.01.1948, providing that she has not lost her Italian nationality; 
Applicants will need to attend the Consulate in person.

As from 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 GBP with British debit card at the rate in effect in the last three months . The application fee is NON REFUNDABLE, regardless of the outcome of the petition.

British citizens born in the UK descendant from Italian nationals must produce the following:

• application form (click here) DULY COMPLETED AND UNSIGNED. The application must be signed in front of the officer during the appointment at the Consulate.
• full birth certificate of the applicant apostilled by the:
“The Legalisation Office”
e-mail:; tel. 03700 00 22 44 – 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday; 

and translated into Italian. For the translation click here

• Birth certificate issued by the  Italian Municipality (called "Estratto per riassunto dell’atto di nascita") for the LAST person in your family born in Italy.
•  Birth,marriage and death certificates for all the descendants including  yourself. Certificates MUST be apostilled by the:
“The Legalisation Office”
Tel. 037 00 00 22 44
and translated into Italian. The translation of British documents will be certified by this citizenship office. For the translation of the marriage certificate click here.


• a declaration for the period 1844/Sept. 1986,  from The National Archives, Kew Richmond Surrey TW9 4DU ( and, for the period after 1 October 1986, from Home Office UK Border Agency Reliance House 20 Water Street, Liverpool, L2 8XU, -  ( that their father/mother, who was born in Italy, either never naturalised in this Country, or with the date of the father/mother’s naturalisation. These declarations must be apostilled by the “The Legalisation Office” Norfolk House, Milton Keynes (please see the information above)  and translated into Italian. IF THIS PERSON NATURALISED BEFORE THE NEXT DESCENDANT WAS BORN, YOU DO NOT QUALIFY FOR ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP

• proof of address (utility bill, bank statement etc)
• current passport and photocopy of it
• consular fees of € 300,00 (at the amount in GBP based on the actual exchange rate – with British debit card only) to be paid at the cashier's desk of this Consulate General. Payment information will be provided on the day of the appointment.

Applicants for Citizenship Jure Sanguinis over the age of 18 can  ONLY book an appointment via the “Prenot@MI” system (click here) on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Any applicant wishing to book an appointment need to create their own account. This office DOES NOT HAVE access to the automated appointment system. Please do not ask for an appointment by email.

Please note: you will receive an automatic reminder email from the Prenot@MI system asking you to reconfirm your appointment. You need to confirm your attendance no later than 3 days before the date of your appointment only via the Prenot@MI system. Failing to confirm the appointment will result in a cancellation of the booking. Due to the high demand, appointments are generally fully booked in a few minutes.

The original documents will not be returned



The Consulate General of Italy wishes to remind all users that the booking system “Prenot@MI” is entirely FREE OF CHARGE.

Users will never be asked to pay any fee in order to book an appointment at the Consulate General.

We would recommend all users to refrain from accepting any offer made by websites, agencies or other individuals claiming to be able to book an early appointment on your behalf, provided that you pay a fee.

The Consulate General wishes to stress that there is no connection at all between the Consulate itself and such websites, agencies or individuals and reserves its right to take action where appropriate.