How to Apply in Italy for Dual Citizenship? Hire Us!
Clients often ask us how to apply for dual citizenship in Italy. The simple answer is to hire an Italian dual citizenship service provider like us to navigate you through the process from start to finish. Here’s why:
Italy is a beautiful, magical place. But it’s also a modern country facing a host of modern issues. With declining populations and a brain drain of young, educated people leaving the country, Italy desperately needs people to repopulate town centers and bring life back to its economy.
That’s why Italy has made it easy for people of Italian descent – like you – to return home and apply for recognition of Italian citizenship jure sanguinis. Special laws have been created to allow you to seek residency and file your application here, skipping the consulate.
To put it simply: Italy wants you to apply for dual citizenship here, but you might need some help doing so. Our expert staff knows these laws intimately and can help you navigate through Italian bureaucracy like a pro. With our help, you’ll be an Italian citizen in no time.
Say arrivederci to your consulate and apply directly in Italy!
By spending time on the ground, you can skip multi-year consular wait times. And if you can stay long term or work remotely, even better. Italy desperately needs people to repopulate towns and revitalize local economies. People claiming Italian dual citizenship who stay semi- to long-term are welcome.
We’ll take care of everything you’ll need for a perfect Italian dual citizenship application in Italy, including:
- A full set of Italian birth records for your Italian ancestor
- All birth, marriage, and naturalization records for everyone in a line from your Italian ancestor back to you
- Complete naturalization records (or proof of non-naturalization) for your Italian immigrant ancestor
- Legalizations for your records
- Translations of your records into Italian
- Assistance in setting up residency and filing your application
- Assistance obtaining a codice fiscale and permesso di soggiorno
- Follow up until you are an Italian citizen
- Assistance obtaining a passport, if needed
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.
Is it legal to apply for Italian dual citizenship in Italy?
It is 100% legal to apply for dual citizenship in Italy. According to Circular k. 28 of 1991, if you are a resident of Italy, you must apply in Italy. Therefore, if you elect residency in Italy you actually have to apply in Italy – it’s the law!
What’s more, there are laws on the book which make it easy for people of Italian descent – aka, you – to obtain residency. This quirk of Italian law allows applicants to skip the consulate.
Why is there controversy over applying in Italy?
There is a lot of misinformation about the process. As Italian dual citizenship grows more popular there are more and more unscrupulous service providers. They mostly 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.
There have been cases of falsified documents, kickbacks paid, or even declarations of residency when in fact clients had not stepped foot in Italy 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 90 days or more.
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
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.
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.