June 13, 2012 by JL Walker
So, the first step is to start the process of sending my official criminal records to the Italian government. But to do that, I first need to get an official copy of my fingerprints, send them to the FBI, get a translation and have it authenticated. But before I do that, I need to figure out where I can get fingerprints recorded and how to make an appointment.
I’m beginning here partly because I’ve never had to do anything like this before during past bureaucratic paperwork. This one portion of the application also going to require talking with various different offices in both the US and Italy.
Why do I need to send my fingerprints to the FBI?
The Italian government needs to check my criminal records in my home country before accepting me as a citizen. This requirement is understandable because it prevents people with who have committed serious crimes from becoming citizens. But it does kinda makes you feel like a criminal, even if you have no record at all!
After I get this ball rolling, I can start looking into other steps on my to do list.
Where to begin
The FBI website has an official form that I’ve printed out, where I will need to place my fingerprints. More information is available on this website:
I have a few guesses as to where I can get my fingerprints taken:
- Prefecture. This office takes care of citizenship applications so they might provide this service
- US Consulate. They might provide the service since I would have gone to a police station in the US to get this done
- Questura. The Italian police station, the questura, might record my fingerprints for me, but it’s such an unusual request, they might not understand what I’m requesting
- DIY. If all the above turn out to be dead ends, I’ll just get some ink and fill it out myself!
When discussing this topic on a Facebook forum (the Italian Reflections group), someone suggested I go to the local Prefecture. I’ll give them a call to try to set up an appointment. And while I’m there, I can try to get some other parts of the application done, and hopefully speak with someone who knows something about the whole process.