According to the Order Sons of Italy in America, there are 15.7 million people of Italian descent in the United States. This is nearly 6% of our country’s population.
Many of them are Italian citizens without even knowing it.
According to Italian law, if a person descends from a qualifying Italian citizen (no matter how many generations removed) they, too, were born with Italian citizenship. Therefore if you qualify, applying for Italian dual citizenship means asking the Italian government to formally recognize a status you have always held.
But many people are worried that formally recognizing their Italian dual citizenship may hurt their status as Americans. This is not true.
In fact, obtaining Italian dual citizenship is an overwhelmingly positive experience with few, if any, downsides.
Here are 6 benefits of Italian dual citizenship.
You can live, work, and study in Italy without restrictions
If you love Italy, then why not get Italian dual citizenship?
Currently, Americans can only spend up to 90 days in Italy with their US passports. However, as an Italian citizen, you would be able to live, work, and study in Italy without this restriction. It makes things a whole lot easier if you spend a large amount of time in Italy or plan to do so in the future.
For people who can’t get enough of Italy, this is one of the most obvious benefits of Italian dual citizenship.
The European Union is open to you
Having an Italian passport gives you all the rights that every other European citizen enjoys. This means that you get to live, work, and study in the European Union without restrictions.
If you plan on living in another EU country, an Italian passport will allow you to do that. When compared with the other benefits of Italian dual citizenship, this one may be the most powerful.
Enjoy affordable healthcare
Currently, healthcare costs in the US are skyrocketing. And if you are under- or uninsured you may go into debt just to visit the doctor or forego necessary visits in fear of high deductibles.
As an Italian citizen you would get to enjoy some of the world’s best and most affordable healthcare. Did you know that in 2000, the World Health Organization ranked the Italian system 2nd best on the planet?
You can study for very little tuition compared to the US
Tuition in Italy is very reasonable, coming to just about 2,000 euros per semester. However, if you are on a lower income, the tuition you pay is on a sliding scale going down to 0 for the lowest earners. When compared with the US this is a significant savings.
Each year, more and more Italian universities are adding degree courses completely in English in an effort to attract international students.
Many Italian universities enjoy excellent reputations.
Employers will find your profile more interesting
Having Italian dual citizenship will help boost your employment profile in two ways:
- If you are in the running for a position in the EU, your employer won’t need to sponsor you. Italian dual citizenship means that you don’t require any unnecessary red tape when getting hired.
- If you are seeking a position in the US, your status as a dual citizen will make your resume stand out and you may be able to parlay this into an interview and a job offer.
Also, if you work in Italy you will be entitled to an Italian pension.
Enjoy dual protection when abroad
If you are abroad and get in trouble or need assistance, you can seek help from both the US and Italian governments.
We hope you never need it, but this may come in handy.