Will documents be returned to you by consulate?

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Will documents be returned to you by consulate?

Postby ji821 » 03 Jun 2012, 19:07

Hi everyone -

I was wondering if the documents I submit to the NYC consulate for a citizenship request will be returned to me if I am using original copies, or do I lose them forever?

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Re: Will documents be returned to you by consulate?

Postby catshouse2 » 05 Jun 2012, 04:31

From everything I have read, you do not receive your documents back. They are sent to the comune of application and kept there. That's why I am ordering 2 of everything. Also, if i should send something off for apostille and it gets lost etc, I'll have a back up.
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Re: Will documents be returned to you by consulate?

Postby droe » 05 Jun 2012, 05:03

Once the documents are sumitted to the Consulate and your application is approved the documents remain the property of the Italian Government and become part of your file.

If for some reason they reject your claim they will return the documents.

If you want copies you have two choices, scan all final documents into PDF's and store them on a datadrive or CD. Or if you want print them out.

If you have documents that are from out of state, or the country it might now hurt to order two instead of one. For hard to obtain documents haivng a second one is not a bad idea.
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Re: Will documents be returned to you by consulate?

Postby mler » 05 Jun 2012, 14:49

They will, however, return original Naturalization Certificates and documents from Italy.
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Re: Will documents be returned to you by consulate?

Postby droe » 05 Jun 2012, 19:33

At what Consulate did they return documents from Italy?

Everything that was accepted even from Italy was kept by the NYC Consulate.
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Re: Will documents be returned to you by consulate?

Postby mler » 05 Jun 2012, 21:24

When I submitted my gf's birth certificate from Italy (in NY and again in Newark), I specifically told them I wanted it returned for my family records. They kept the copies. Remember that there is no need for them to keep originals of records that are already registered at the Italian comune.

Tell them you want those Italian records, and you'll likely get them back. Original naturalization certificates will also be returned.
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Re: Will documents be returned to you by consulate?

Postby ji821 » 09 Jun 2012, 07:11

Thank you everyone for your replies. Also, I have official birth certificates of my grandparents and marriage certificate that I received from the Town Hall, however, they are not entirely printed and all of the names/dates are hand written. They do, however, have the official stamp of the town and are notarized. Will the Consulate accept these documents?
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Re: Will documents be returned to you by consulate?

Postby mler » 09 Jun 2012, 13:10

Yes. :)
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