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I think it depends on the consulate you are applying through. The consulate I am applying through, Los Angeles, requires a certified copy from USCIS. I would advise that, unless someone knows for sure that their consulate does not require a certified copy, request a certified copy from USCIS and avo...
by Giuseppe
Tue Oct 03, 2006 3:25 pm
 
Forum: Naturalization
Topic: USCIS Request and Certification
Replies: 25
Views: 12361

Most consulates require a certified copy of the certificate. After you receive the requested documents from the FOIA office, send a letter requesting a Certified True Copy of the naturalization certificate to: US Citizenship and Immigration Services 4th Floor, Records Services Branch 111 Massachuset...
by Giuseppe
Tue Oct 03, 2006 11:48 am
 
Forum: Documents
Topic: Copy of Naturalization Cert
Replies: 7
Views: 2559

You can save some money by finding a cheap flight to London and then flying to Italy on Ryan Air (very cheap!!!). However, if you can afford the direct flight and want to avoid the hassles of transferring flights, I would go direct. Best of luck, and congratulations on your new citizenship!!! You ar...
by Giuseppe
Tue Oct 03, 2006 11:41 am
 
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Airfare
Replies: 4
Views: 2368

USCIS Request and Certification

Hello all, I have great news to report. I’ve finally received a certified copy of my grandfather’s naturalization certificate from USCIS. And in a lot shorter time period than expected. For those of you needing the certified copy in order to provide it to the consulate as evidence that your ancestor...
by Giuseppe
Tue Oct 03, 2006 2:57 am
 
Forum: Naturalization
Topic: USCIS Request and Certification
Replies: 25
Views: 12361

Joe, You need to file a FOIA request with USCIS: http://www.uscis.gov/graphics/aboutus/foia/ Once you receive a letter from the FOIA office, in approximately six months, stating that there is no record for your relative, you need to submit a copy of the letter to the Records Services Branch for cert...
by Giuseppe
Sat Aug 12, 2006 1:28 am
 
Forum: Naturalization
Topic: no nauralization certificate
Replies: 1
Views: 1196

I posted to your other message before reading this. If they died before 1906, you are correct in that INS (USCIS) will not have a record. You will need to go through NARA. You will need to determine where your great-great grandfather was naturalized. Once you find that out, you can request a certifi...
by Giuseppe
Fri Aug 11, 2006 7:45 pm
 
Forum: Documents
Topic: No Record from the INS
Replies: 1
Views: 788

It seems that a lack of communication at the agency is the primary problem. The lady I spoke with at the FOIA office in Washington, DC was very frank with me regarding this. She stated that since the agency transitioned to Homeland Security from the Department of Justice, “everything has been turned...
by Giuseppe
Fri Aug 11, 2006 7:33 pm
 
Forum: Naturalization
Topic: US CIS Record Services Branch
Replies: 4
Views: 2301

Here is some additional information on naturalization files: Naturalization Certificate Files (C-Files) INS naturalization certificate files, known as C-Files, include a duplicate copy of all naturalization records dated after September 26, 1906. All C-Files contain at least a copy of the Declaratio...
by Giuseppe
Fri Aug 11, 2006 7:24 pm
 
Forum: Qualifying
Topic: 4 People, who should apply?
Replies: 21
Views: 7080

It’s highly unusual that they are requiring so many documents from you. I’m going through Los Angeles as well, and all they have requested is a certified copy of my grandfather’s naturalization certificated verifying that he became a US citizen after my mother was born. I don’t understand why they w...
by Giuseppe
Fri Aug 11, 2006 7:17 pm
 
Forum: Qualifying
Topic: 4 People, who should apply?
Replies: 21
Views: 7080

Connor, Have you requested your relatives’ immigration paperwork from US CIS yet? If not, you should start now as the process is quite lengthy. It took them eight months to process my initial FOIA request, and now I’m looking at a possible wait of one year for them to certify the paperwork. If you h...
by Giuseppe
Thu Aug 10, 2006 2:42 pm
 
Forum: Qualifying
Topic: 4 People, who should apply?
Replies: 21
Views: 7080

I wonder if the consulate will accept a non-certified copy of the naturalization certificate with a letter from US CIS explaining that they do not issue certified copies of the document without the original, accompanied by certified copies of the other immigration documents. That they are refusing t...
by Giuseppe
Sun Aug 06, 2006 7:00 pm
 
Forum: Naturalization
Topic: Getting a Naturalization Certificate
Replies: 15
Views: 11022

>my mother is blood-related to me, just not Italian (there was no divorce) and they have been married for 26 years< In that case it’s no problem at all. All they will need to submit, in regards to your mother’s paperwork, is a copy of their marriage certificate, and a copy of her birth certificate. ...
by Giuseppe
Sun Aug 06, 2006 6:49 pm
 
Forum: Documents
Topic: Declaration that I never renounced Italian Citizenship
Replies: 5
Views: 1583

>My father is applying and he will include my birth certificate, will I be granted citizenship then when he is? Yes, you will receive citizenship at the same time. >Will I also be able to get an Italian passport etc? Absolutely. As soon as you and your father receive notice from the consulate you wi...
by Giuseppe
Sun Aug 06, 2006 2:16 am
 
Forum: Documents
Topic: Declaration that I never renounced Italian Citizenship
Replies: 5
Views: 1583

Connor, If you are under 18, your mother or father needs to apply. When they apply, they will need to include a copy of your birth certificate in their application package. If they are not interested in applying, you may need to wait until you turn 18 to apply on your own. Hope this helps to clarify...
by Giuseppe
Sat Aug 05, 2006 2:39 am
 
Forum: Documents
Topic: Declaration that I never renounced Italian Citizenship
Replies: 5
Views: 1583

This is the same thing that I’m going through. You need to take all of the information you have and send a request for a certified copy to: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ATTN: Records Services Branch, 111 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20529. Apparently the time for ...
by Giuseppe
Fri Aug 04, 2006 7:47 pm
 
Forum: Naturalization
Topic: Getting a Naturalization Certificate
Replies: 15
Views: 11022
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