July 10, 2015 by JL Walker
Complete the FBI background check badge.
Fill out the DS-4194 form, available on the Office of Authentications, US Department of State website for apostille requests. Be sure to write “Italy” as the country in the Document Information section of the form. Check out the requirements for the federally issued documents and follow the instructions for requesting your apostille. Note that the fee for each document is $8.
As always, take advantage of help from your on-site contact (who is a selfless, caring family member in my case!). You will need to mail your FBI background check document, the completed DS-4194 form, a self-addressed, stamped envelope for the return and a check for $8. Mail your request to the address in Washington DC listed on the website.
Wait. Try not to panic. After over a week of not receiving a response, wonder what the problem might be. Maybe you didn’t fill out the form correctly? Maybe the fact that you didn’t write your own address on the return envelope as the sender is a huge problem? Maybe this is one of the few cases in domestic US mail where it just got lost in the mail? Maybe the whole world is conspiring against you and your citizenship application?
Put off contacting the Office of Authentication because you’re afraid that they will tell you there’s nothing that can be done about your botched request. You imagine having to go through the whole process of getting fingerprinted, requesting an FBI background check and getting the apostille all over again (a process which took over 3 months!).
You receive the apostille in the mail, two and a half weeks after you sent it. You notice the office placed a label with their own address as the sender. All is right in the world. You can continue your citizenship application process after all.
Congratulations, you have completed this badge! You’re one step closer to achieving Italian citizenship!
Completed: July 9, 2015