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Absolute Beginner: Where to start?

PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 9:05 pm
by Savoia
In reading through many of the posts on this board it certainly seems there is a wealth of knowledge and experience on the subject of obtaining Italian dual-citizenship! However, I'm hoping someone can point me to a good place to get the lowdown on all the options available. I'm just starting the process and am feeling overwhelmed by the sheer number of competing online "services" available to help, and trying to decide if it makes sense to attempt it on my own or pay for assistance. I guess my main question is, are there sites that are known to be good and reasonably priced? Do most people use these services strictly to obtain documents, or is the full-service option worth it? Any advice for a newbie would be much appreciated. Many thanks! :D

Re: Absolute Beginner: Where to start?

PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 11:51 pm
by Em
Do it yourself. It's much more fun and a LOT less expensive.

You can get much help on some more active forums including www.italiangenealogy.com and italiancitizenship.freeforums.org The latter site also has a section of templates to help you with translations. The posters on the former site can help you with research difficulties.

Re: Absolute Beginner: Where to start?

PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 4:00 pm
by Savoia
Thanks very much for your reply. I hadn't seen either of those sites and they both seem great. I'm still not sure whether I should attempt this on my own - I'm just afraid it will take forever. But thank you for pointing me to some good resources!

Re: Absolute Beginner: Where to start?

PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 12:37 pm
by Em
I collected all my documents within two months. The Italian birth certificate arrived six weeks after request. I did need to make some corrections, which added several months to the process (six months total time). Ultimately, however, six months is a short time since you probably will not be able to obtain a consulate appointment for at least a year. While you're waiting for your interview, you'll have plenty of time for document collection.