My father became an Italian (Dual) citizen through his paternal line, though he was born in the US, in 2005. His efforts and research took many years. Before he died one of my sisters became a Dual citizen by going to the Washington DC Embassy (in her jurisdiction). The process for her was relatively simple and quick.
So, our blood line was confirmed.
I made an appointment to the NYC Consulate for next year. They are requiring that I duplicate / repeat all of the efforts my father made. NYC requires that I get all the Cetificates from my great great grandfather 'til now...all certified, with Apostille and then translated. I was fine to do most of that, except for the expense.
The problem really begins with NY. Because we are a closed state I am unable to get my father and grandfather's Birth Certificates without a court order (which requires a lawyer). The only lawyer willing to help me needs to charge me $2,500. I think that I could almost fly to Italy myself and get my father's original documents.
After hearing of the additional expense I started to think of the injustice of NYC and their requirements. I do not want to anger them but I do think that I have a valid case.
*Note: my father was working with the Chicago Consulate. They initially agreed with me but after speaking with someone at NYC they quickly said "you have to do what they say".
Sorry this is so long. I need help and advice.
Should I go to the Washington DC Embassy and plead my case?
Thanks in advance.