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Need advice for Italian citizenship application

Hello,

I am looking for a professional who can help me with my Italian citizenship application.

I was born in Argentina, but because my grandparents were Italian, I am entitled to apply for Italian citizenship.

Currently, I am living in Zurich, and I have some questions on how to go forward with the application. I will really appreciate any leads on where to find a specialist that can help me with this process.

Thank you very much!
Cheers,
Silvina

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Re: Need advice for Italian citizenship application

Try this website: http://www.myitaliancitizenship.com/
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Hello,

I am looking for a professional who can help me with my Italian citizenship application.

I was born in Argentina, but because my grandparents were Italian, I am entitled to apply for Italian citizenship.

Currently, I am living in Zurich, and I have some questions on how to go forward with the application. I will really appreciate any leads on where to find a specialist that can help me with this process.

Thank you very much!
Cheers,
Silvina
did you already check with the italian consulate in Basel?
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Old 27.01.2010, 14:42
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Re: Need advice for Italian citizenship application

You don't generally need a professional to do it. All the help you might require can be found on sites like http://italiancitizenship.freeforums.org/index.php

Post there with details of when you and your parents were born, and how they and you became Argentinian. You'll get a good response. (Basically, the key point will be whether your parents were considered by the Italian government to be Italian when you were born. This depends on Argentina's laws, when your parents or grandparents naturalised and so on.)

Sites like myitaliancitizenship.com do not have a good reputation and generally charge you high amounts for getting documents you can get for free.

You apply for citizenship through your local consulate. I'm not sure if there is one in Zurich or not. My wife will visit the Basel consulate next week in regards to her application. Once you have established your likelihood of success on "the web", then contact the relevant consulate to follow up.

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Re: Need advice for Italian citizenship application

Thank you very much for your answers, I really appreciate it!

Let me be more specific regarding my situation:

I already know that I qualify for Italian citizenship and I have all the documents that I require for my application (translation, apostille, etc, etc.)

However, I would like to know if I can file my application in the Italian Consulate in Zurich or not.

Since I was not born in Switzerland, the issue is that I have been told that I can apply in the Italian Consulate of a country were I was not born only if I fulfill certain requirements; For example in the Italian Consulate in Zurich an employee told me that I would need to have a B permit, but other said that any permit will do. And other requirements that are not clear to me.

The fact that I do not speak Italian or German makes my communication with the officers in the Italian Consulate in Zurich very difficult since they do not speak English or Spanish

Therefore what I would like to know is if somebody has a friend that is familiar with the Italian Consulate in Zurich, or knows anybody from the USA, Argentina, etc, that has process hers/his Italian citizenship in Zurich.

I know this is a very specific request! and I will appreciate any leads that you can give me. (a nice person that speaks Italian and English will be a good start

Thank you so much!
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Re: Need advice for Italian citizenship application

Hi Silvina, can't help you too much, but if you are in canton of Argau and want RAV payments, best you speak German Guess this may apply for other official bodies too.
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Re: Need advice for Italian citizenship application

Hello,

My wife is Australian and is applying through the Basel consulate, so you can certainly apply in Switzerland, so long as you are a legal resident here.

Looking at the Zurich consulate website, it says...

http://www.conszurigo.esteri.it/Cons.../Cittadinanza/

Per la presentazione delle domande di cittadinanza si prega di fissare un appuntamento:
  • per matrimonio: telefonare al n. 044/286.62.67 negli orari di apertura al pubblico;
  • per le altre tipologie di richiesta di cittadinanza: telefonare al n. 044/286.62.28 (Sig. Salvatore Cimino) o inviare una e-mail a cittadinanza.zurigo@esteri.it
That second bullet point is the one you want. I think you can guess what it means via your Spanish!

Then it all depends on what Mr Cimino speaks. It will be possible that he does not even speak German. But I would find a friend who does and give him a ring to find out.

So I think Zurich consulate is the place for you, but that email address or Mr Cimino will guide you further. It may be that others in the consulate do not know the exact rules on who can apply (we had a similar situation in Basel), so re: the B permit or not, the Citizenship Officer will know.

Be VERY respectful and nice to this person! They have "administrative discretion" to apply Italian law or not.

Good luck!
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Then it all depends on what Mr Cimino speaks.
you can always use Google Translate to translate from your spanish / english to italian, just make sure you start with "I apologies in advance, my Italian is not very good".
And specify on the email that you don't speak Italian, in case they expect you to
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