Has anyone gone through the process of applying for Italian citizenship at the Italian Consulate in New York? Any comments or tips for me? I am eligible through my maternal grandfather. In obtaining my grandfather's Italian birth certificate, is it sufficient to obtain it in carta libera or must it be in carta legale? Thanks.
The NYC consulate is quite good. They don't require that non-italian documents be translated into Italian. They do (at least when we did it a few years ago) require that city residents bring docs in person. For other parts of their jurisdiction, it could be done by mail.
For my grandfather's birth record from Italy, I requested (and got) an "international form" of his birth record.
Take a look at www.myitaliancitizenship.com. When I last looked at it, it had great information on the process and all the certifications needed for various documents which will vary depending on the state it comes from. For example, to get an apostille for a doc issued in the city of NY, it must first be notarized by the county clerk. The doc itself has to be a certified copy. The apostille comes from the state in which the doc was issued. Procedure and fees vary considerably among states. It's best to find out requirements from all the states you need before you order any documents -- saves having to do it again!
True, they are slow to answer and you'd probably have to go in person to have many questions answered. I just mailed a request for a birth certificate and marriage certificate to Italy. Let's see who gets a response first! BTW, you can send them yourself - that website you referred to charges a lot. The carta libera certificate in Italy is actually free in most comunes, although I sent them a few bucks hoping it will speed things up. If you need more Italian certificates, and want to request them yourself, I can give you sample wording; it's also available on many websites.
Are you applying through the NY Consulate too? The good news is that they do the translations from English to Italian for your US certificates.
Getting your Italian documents is really quite easy if you go directly to the comune in Italy. That is the least of your problems. I am having more issues with the USA end of it. Whatever they give you in Itlay will be the right form, as they explained to me that the law changed and there is no more discrepancy in the forms of documents. I am fluent in Italian, but even if I were not, I am convinced that I would not have had much difficulty.