Pro tip. Don’t ruck up to the Italian Consulate office on the day of your appointment and dump all of your unsorted paperwork into the lap of your poor, overworked, unsuspecting Consular Officer.
To keep you from being that person, let’s go through how to properly organize your application for your appointment day. Don’t worry, it’s simple :)
Tip 1: Purchase an expanding file folder
I’ve personally used both of these, and they do the trick nicely!
You can store all of your documents in here as you are collecting them, which will help keep them in order and will prevent coffee stains or cat paw print marks.
Tip 2: Group documents by person
In other words, keep all of great-grandpa Antonio’s documents together, and put them all together in one pocket of the expanding file folder. Keep of all grandma Fiorenza’s documents together in the next pocket of the expanding file folder. Keep all of your own documents together in another pocket of the expanding file folder.
Tip 3: Keeping the person-grouping, next sort the documents by chronological order
Once you have documents sorted by person, put them in chronological order for each person. For example for great-grandpa Antonio: birth, marriage, naturalization, death.
Tip 4: Paperclip (DON’T STAPLE) the correct translation to the correct document
I think this one is pretty self-explanatory… but just double check that you didn’t paperclip your grandfather’s death certificate translation onto your mother’s birth certificate or something nutty like that.
Tip 5: Keep the required forms and proofs of address in the file folder as well
And that’s it, really! If you go in organized, your appointment will be a much less stressful experience for you, and it will be way easier for the Consular Officer to wade through your paperwork. Will be writing another article on what to expect appointment day soon, so stay tuned :)