Part of getting your italian dual citizenship is getting your documents translated. Let’s answer some common FAQs.
When it’s time to have your documents officially translated, you have multiple options. Let’s see the pros and cons of each.
When to do this. You can do those if you have excellent knowledge of Italian.
Pros: If done well, you’ll save money because you will need to buy only revision, not translation.
Cons: if not done well, a translator may choose to charge you a full translation fee, thus nullifying your savings. Also, many translators don’t like to review and certify translations they have not done themselves, so it may be difficult to find a provider.
Finally, you cannot certify the translations for yourself, it’d be a conflict of interest.
2. Hire a local translator/translation company.
When to do this. When you can’t/don’t want to do the translations yourself and you’re applying through a consulate in your own country.
Pros: you don’t need to ship documents abroad, so you’ll save on mailing costs. Also, apostilles don’t need to be translated in many countries, which could help you save money. Stamp duties are also often not required, which is another plus.
Cons: translations done outside of the target country are often inaccurate/very literal. If problems arise with your application and you decide to apply in Italy, you’ll need to have the translations reviewed and certified again by an Italian translator.
3. Hire an Italian official translator.
When to do this: When you can’t/don’t want to do the translations yourself and you’re applying in Italy.
Pros: the translations will perfectly suit the standards of the receiving authorities. On top of that, you can have help to talk to the various offices you’ll need to go to.
Cons: international mailing costs, time zone-related problems which may slow down communications (though if you use WhatsApp you can make an international call for free, or send a voice message, like I do with my clients).
As you see, you should consider your particular situation and what’s best for you. Sometimes it’s a combination of both, as you can read from this testimonial from one of my clients (whom you can contact for recommendation):
Over six months after submitting his paperwork for Italian citizenship, with translations of all required documents certified by a translator in the United States, my husband learned that the translations we had could not be accepted because they were not done by a certified Italian translator in Italy. We were both dismayed as visa deadlines which would force me to leave Italy were fast approaching.
That’s when we found Natalia Bertelli. She responded to our first call, understood our situation immediately, and volunteered to work directly with the local official responsible for processing the paperwork to ensure that there would be no further issues. Within two days, she had reviewed the translations of all eleven documents, found a few errors that our US translation service had missed, certified the documents, and had them back in the hands of the commune official. Before the week was out, my husband got his official Italian citizenship. All we had to do was supply Natalia with electronic copies of the originals and the translations.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me! I’ll provide an honest answer to your situation ;)
You have Italian ancestors and are thinking about getting your Italian dual citizenship. There are many things to consider, and one of the first is: will you do this on your own, or will you hire a consultant?
I’ve been thinking about my clients’ potential problems and questions and I’ve put together a collection of links to help you with the overall procedure. They don’t necessarily have to do with official translation, but you’ll get an idea of what you’re going to need to do.
How to become an Italian Citizen: in this article you’ll find out the 3 main rules to follow to become an Italian citizen (jure sanguinis, marriage, residency).
General information on how to get Italian dual citizenship: this is a blog post from Transferwise web site, so it’s written with the savings on bank account perspective, but it’s useful https://transferwise.com/gb/blog/how-to-get-citizenship-in-italy
Getting Dual Italian citizenship: a lawyer’s perspective https://www.simonebertollini.com/immigration/dual-italian-citizenship/ This is another interesting and thorough article, full of links you can get information from, including the costs of entrusting a lawyer with this procedure.
If you want to do this yourself, here are a couple links I found on the web.
DIY Italian Citizenship. Also with a Youtube channel. As you see, the author promises to tell you Pretty Much Everything You Need to Know about Obtaining Italian Dual Citizenship through Jure Sanguinis
And this is an idea of the whole process from another Youtuber: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7gzOZPN4C8
Finally, you might want to see what goes on in the following Facebook groups, that are super useful to all those interested in getting Italian dual citizenship:
Dual U.S.-Italian Citizenship: https://www.facebook.com/groups/23386...
Italian Citizenship Group Current Events: https://www.facebook.com/groups/32263...
Italian Dual Citizenship Social Club: https://www.facebook.com/groups/itali...
Dual Italian Citizenship Genealogy: https://www.facebook.com/groups/20307...
Americans Living in Italy: https://www.facebook.com/groups/14478...
Expats in Italy: https://www.facebook.com/groups/10534...
Friends of Italy: https://www.facebook.com/groups/15665...
Feel free to share this post with whomever you think may need your help! And if you had any experience with these websites please let me know in the comments!
Applying for dual citizenship is a time-consuming process. Between getting all your documents and their apostilles, months may go by. Then, the final step is official translation. How long does it take to have your documents translated then?
I'm Natalia Bertelli, an English/Spanish to Italian legal translator. Since 2008 I have been working on contracts, judicial deeds, certificates, corporate translations for foreign clients who want to do business in Italy, get a dual citizenship or simply settle in my beautiful country.