Skip the consulate and apply in Italy for Italian dual citizenship
There are numerous benefits to having Italian dual citizenship. From affordable education to an exceptional qualify of life, an Italian passport is your ticket to the freedom of the European Union.
But, beyond that, an Italian passport is so much more.
It means coming full circle. When you obtain Italian dual citizenship, you are bringing your own family’s journey home and writing your personal Italian story.
Give us 60 days. We’ll give you a passport to last a lifetime.
Is it legal to apply for Italian dual citizenship in Italy?
Yes. It is completely legal to apply for Italian dual citizenship in Italy. Italian Circular k. 28 of 1991 states that any person residing in Italy can apply in their Italian town of residence. Conversely, anyone living outside Italy must apply at their relevant Italian consulate. Therefore, if you are a resident of Italy, you have to apply in Italy by law. This quirk of Italian law allows people to obtain residency in Italy and then apply here, skipping the consulate.
Unfortunately, as Italian dual citizenship grows more popular there are more and more unscrupulous service providers. These service providers predominantly work with South Americans of Italian descent, taking advantage of the economic conditions of countries like Brazil, Argentina, and Venezuela to turn a considerable profit. Many of these companies do illegal things, which we’ll get to below.
Why is there controversy over applying in Italy?
Recently, many Italian dual citizenship companies have been facing legal issues over their practices. To facilitate their clients’ residency applications, many of these companies have falsified documents, paid kickbacks, or even said clients were in Italy when they hadn’t stepped foot in the country at all. These firms work like citizenship mills, churning over 1000s of clients at a time to make a quick and very illegal buck.
We never have, nor never will engage in these practices. We do not falsify documents or pay kickbacks to Italian officials. We do not funnel applicants in the 1000s to single towns. Get Italian Citizenship only works with clients who genuinely qualify and who can commit to spending time in Italy. We carefully look over all documents for compliance with Italian law.
How long do I have to stay?
In order to apply in Italy, we recommend a stay of 60 days or more. According to Italian law, the town has up to 45 days to check your status as a resident. After 45 days you are officially residing in the comune, whether or not they have checked. Although many towns will verify your residency in far less time (around a week), by law they can come back as many times as they like until the 45 day period is over.
Thus, we recommend you stay the entire 45 days to be extra sure. Plus, give yourself extra time to hand in your citizenship documents. For this reason, our clients must commit to at least 60 days. After confirmation of residency, you can officially hand in your paperwork. This includes the birth, marriage, and naturalization records.
We are happy to accommodate stays longer than 60 days.
We’ll discuss the specifics of your case and your paths to qualifying.
We’ll gather a full set of Italian and American documents plus translations and legalizations.
Come to Italy where one of our experts will walk you through the process. Accommodations included!
Once you’re recognized, we’ll follow up with you and help you get a passport and enroll in A.I.R.E.
How do I apply for Italian dual citizenship in Italy?
Why is applying in Italy convenient?
With wait times of up to 10 years at certain consulates, there is a massive interest in obtaining Italian dual citizenship. Chronically understaffed Italian consulates in the United States are contending with a swell of applicants and less resources now than they had ten years ago.
Recent measures to make applying at the consulate easier have not worked
A few years ago, the Italian government instituted a 300 euro application fee. This fee was earmarked to hire more workers and quell increasingly long wait times. However, this has not worked. Now, wait times are longer now than ever before. Thus, applicants are faced with a conundrum: wait or apply in Italy.Additionally, each consulate works in its own little bubble. Every single consulate has its own requirements that vary from time to time and sometimes from employee to employee.
Why applying in Italy works
Applying in Italy takes away the long appointment wait times. It also eliminates the need for many extra documents. Additionally, Italy is more lenient on discrepancies.
Italian towns follow the law closely regarding necessary documents, something that consulates do not do. And Italian law deems only birth, marriage, and naturalization documents necessary. While consulates require divorce, death, and non-direct line documents, Italian towns generally do not.
Thus, if you apply in Italy you not only get to save time, you may even save money because you’ll need fewer documents and/or fewer costly amendments.
How does applying in Italy work?
First, contact us. Tell us when you’d like to be in Italy and let us know all the information you can about your family. We’ll check availability, go over your eligibility, examine your records, translate them, and make sure you have a complete application.
You may also contact us if you are DIY-ing it on your own in Italy. Though we work with our own designated network of towns, we’re happy to travel to you if you need us. In these cases, we act as consultant. In a town of your choice, we can interpret for you, bring the relevant laws, and make sure your application goes smoothly.
Arrive and request residency
Once we confirm everything, we will welcome you to your new home in Italy. After getting settled, we’ll take you to apply for your residency. Depending on how you arrive in Italy, we may take you to file a declaration of presence as well.
Then, at the ufficio anagrafe we’ll help you fill out all the necessary forms and get your residency confirmed.
A few days or a week later, the town will send an officer to your home to check you are physically present. But don’t worry! You don’t need to be home the entire time. Generally, the town will inform you of around when you can expect the visit.
Hand in your documents
After your residency confirmation and officer visit, you can hand in your vital records. This happens at the ufficio di stato civile. Some smaller towns have the ufficio anagrafe and the ufficio di stato civile in the same building, floor, or even room.
Either way, we’ll sit with you at your appointment. There, you will show the town officials all of your vital records which we’ve already pre-examined and translated.
Wait for citizenship
After your stay in Italy, you’ll begin the waiting portion for your recognition of Italian dual citizenship. We will work on your behalf with the consulates back home and the comune to process everything as fast as possible.
This is truly the hardest part, because this portion of the process depends on how quickly the Italian government gets to your application.
What's included in an Italy application?
Private accommodations in an authentic Italian town
A complete set of documents (vital records) plus legalizations
Italian translations of your American documents
Interpreting on your behalf at meetings with Italian officials
Residency in Italy for your application
Assistance in handing in your citizenship application documents at the town hall where you’ve elected residency
Follow up with the Italian comune and Italian consulate on your behalf
Assistance in enrolling in A.I.R.E. once you are recognized a citizen
Assistance in obtaining your Italian passport and/or Italian identity card after recognition of your Italian citizenship
Are there any guarantees?
No service provider can guarantee processing times. We can, however, guarantee that your application will be accepted at the comune level.
Simply because there are so many people involved, moving parts, and procedures during the Italian dual citizenship recognition process. Wait times depend on how quickly the Italian government works. There is no way for any service provider to know how long this will take.
Here’s what happens after you leave Italy
Once you hand in your application, the comune scans all your records. Then, they send off a PEC (Certified E-mail) to all your consulates back home. In this e-mail, they ask the consulates to check that neither you nor your ancestors renounced the right to citizenship.
The attestato di non rinuncia
The consulate may take weeks, months, or even a year to respond. Only the consulate has access to records of who has (and has not) renounced the right to Italian dual citizenship. This is the infamous “attestato di non rinuncia.”
Citizenship is signed into effect by the mayor
Once the consulate responds and gives the all clear, your citizenship is signed into effect by the mayor. Timeframes depend on the mayor’s schedule.
Transcription of your records
Then, the comune transcribes your records. Depending on the comune’s workload, this may also take some time. After transcription, you are a fully fledged Italian citizen!
Removing residency from the comune and enrolling in AIRE
Finally, you need to remove your residency from the comune to free up space for the next clients. This involves enrolling in AIRE (Registry of Italians Abroad) at your consulate back home. After you fill out the forms, the consulate will ask your Italian home comune to cancel your residence. This, too, takes time depending on the comune’s workload.
Once your residence has been canceled from Italy and moved back to the consulate, you can make your appointment for a passport. Consulates give the passport on the same day.
Ready to qualify?
Contact us to get started.