The short answer? It depends! The cost for obtaining Italian dual citizenship varies greatly depending on the number of generations between you and your last Italian-born ancestor. This is because the more generations you go back, the more documents, certifications and translations you need to obtain. Here is an outline of the general costs that you will incur when obtaining Italian dual citizenship, but please note that this is just a general list and necessary documents and costs may vary from consulate to consulate:
1. You will need your Italian-born ancestor’s birth, marriage and death records, where applicable.
2. You will need a certified copy of your ancestor’s naturalization certificate or, if s/he was never naturalized, you will need a letter from NARA and USCIS, as well as perform additional research for census records. As of the time of this writing, a NARA search is $65.
3. You will need new official copies of all the birth, marriage and death certificates of your ancestors in your lineage from your native country, including your own. These documents can be ordered from your state vital records offices and vary in price; they can be as little as $10 or as much as $60 and up.
4. You will need to have your state provide an Apostille certification on each of your U.S. documents, which can be as much as $20 per document.
5. The non-Italian documents (except the naturalization certificate) will need to be translated into Italian.
6. The Italian consulate will charge you an application fee of 300 euros (subject to change . This fee is non-refundable regardless of the outcome and everyone over the age of 18 is subject to this fee,
7. Eventually when you receive your citizenship, it will cost approximately $145 every ten, five or three years (depending on your age) to renew your passport.
Keep in mind that the costs will differ depending on whether or not you do the above steps on your own, or if you elect to hire a professional service provider to do it for you.
One other consideration: when choosing to go with a service provider and apply in Italy, there is the initial cost of hiring them, but their fees are offset by the fact that Italy does not usually require non-line documentation, death certificates, or potentially costly court orders and amendments to documents. There is also no 300 euro fee per applicant when applying in Italy.