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Italy: Whether an Argentinean citizen can apply for Italian citizenship while in Canada or the United States as a refugee claimant

Publisher Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 31 July 2001
Citation / Document Symbol ITA37517.E
Reference 2
Cite as Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Italy: Whether an Argentinean citizen can apply for Italian citizenship while in Canada or the United States as a refugee claimant, 31 July 2001, ITA37517.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3df4be4e28.html [accessed 23 April 2014]
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In a 23 July 2001 interview, an official at the Embassy of the Italian Republic in Ottawa stated that she was not aware of any cases in which an individual from any country had initiated an application for recognition of Italian citizenship while in Canada as a refugee claimant. While the official believed that the embassy would agree to process such an application, provided that the individual in question was entitled to reside in Canada, she stated that it would be necessary for the applicant or applicant's representative to deal with Italian consular authorities in Argentina, for example to establish information concerning the applicant's birth. However, the official did not believe that the applicant would have to travel to Argentina in order to deal with such matters.

No specific information on whether an Argentinean citizen can apply for Italian citizenship while in the United States as a refugee claimant could be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate. However, according the Website of the Italian Embassy in Washington,

Determination and recognition of Italian citizenship is subject to the demonstration by the applicant that his or her direct ascendants uninterruptedly maintained their Italian citizenship. The power to make this determination is the Authority with jurisdiction over the place of residence of the applicant: outside Italy it is the Consular Authority for that jurisdiction (2001).

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.

References

Embassy of the Italian Republic, Ottawa. 23 July 2001. Telephone interview with official.

Embassy of the Italian Republic, Washington, D.C. 2001. " Cittadinanza/Citizenship." [Accessed 27 July 2001]

Additional Sources Consulted

Embassy of the Italian Republic, Consular Section, Washington.

IRB databases.

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