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The primary documents required to apply for Italian citizenship are a birth certificate and a clean police record. Both documents must be apostilled.

However, obtaining an apostille on a birth certificate is easier said that done sometimes. This is for the following reasons:

  • the integrity of the document has been damaged (edges are torn);
  • the document is smudged (water got on it);
  • the printing of the seals (stamps) is difficult to read.

If you are one of those unlucky people, you will have to obtain a duplicate birth certificate and have it apostilled.

You can obtain a duplicate birth certificate in person or by way of a power of attorney on behalf of the document owner. If you are abroad, a power of attorney is to be processed at a local notary and subsequently legalized for Russia, or at a consulate of the Russian Federation.

Under those circumstances, the process of having a power of attorney issued may drag on:

  1. In consular institutions of the Russian Federation, as a rule, appointments are set 1 to 3 months in advance.
  2. Local notaries sometimes require appointments as well. Furthermore, in this case, the power of attorney will have to be apostilled.

We are happy to say that we help prepare certificates and turnkey statements by:

  1. requesting documents from Civil Registry Office authorities and police record certificates from Ministries of Internal Affairs (police departments);
  2. obtaining apostilles on all required documents;
  3. asking our accredited translator under the Italian Consulate translate documents into Italian;
  4. certifying the accuracy of translations at the Italian consulate;
  5. sending prepared documents to any country in the world by way of DHL delivery service.

Documents Required to Apply for Italian Citizenship

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