Apply for Dual Citizenship in Italy
Applying for Italian citizenship at a consulate can be a multi-year ordeal. First, you have to figure out eligibility. Then, you’ll need to gather a number of documents, some of which aren’t even actually required by Italian law for a dual citizenship application.
After that, you’ll have to wait many years for an Italian citizenship appointment. And once the appointment is over and the consulate has taken your paperwork, you’re looking at a potentially 24-month long wait.
So, what’s a person to do if they don’t want to wait? Apply for dual citizenship in Italy!
If you need to get Italian citizenship as quickly as possible – and you have some degree of flexibility – you can apply for dual citizenship in Italy and cut out the consulate.
By applying in Italy, you can gather only documents necessary per law. Additionally, you require no appointments for your citizenship application, and wait times for processing are much faster than 24 months.
Best of all, you’ll have a pro with you every step of the way. A member of our staff will guide you from seeking accommodations all the way to obtaining your passport in hand.
Why you should apply in Italy with us
To date, we’re the only Italian dual citizenship service provider whose founder and CEO applied in Italy. This means we have first hand, real world experience with the process of being an applicant in Italy.
We’ve been in your shoes before, back in 2008. And since then, we’ve helped many people in your position – those looking to cut the wait and apply directly in Italy.
Put simply, our firsthand knowledge of what it means to skip the consulate allows our clients to have successful applications.
You can apply for dual citizenship in Italy… if you elect residency first
Under Italian law, you can to apply in Italy only if you reside in Italy.
Those that live in another country must apply at the consulate. But current consular wait times can exceed 5 years just to get an appointment.
That leaves many applicants in a pickle: what if you want to move to Italy or you need your Italian citizenship faster? You simply elect residency. This allows you to apply for dual citizenship in Italy and take the consulate out of the equation.
Note, however, that residency is not immediate. After you file your application for residency, Italy has up to 45 days to confirm it.
Given that you’ll be paying for your own accommodations (which requires a few months’ rent in advance for both deposit and real estate agency fees), we recommend a stay of at least 6 months to make it financially feasible and to establish that you are a bona fide resident of Italy.
- Even before you arrive, we’ll look up apartments for you to stay in and take pictures and videos so you know what’s available when you land.
- We’ll visit apartments with you if you prefer to see them in person.
- At the signing of your rental agreement, we’ll be there to make sure you understand your contract.
- We’ll help you set up utilities such as electricity, gas, and internet.
- Once you’re settled, we’ll go with you to establish residency.
- We’ll translate your documents and swear to their accuracy in the Court of Turin.
- When your residency is confirmed, we’ll take you to file for citizenship.
- If you’ve gotten close to the 90 day mark by this time, we’ll go with you to obtain a permesso di soggiorno in attesa di cittadinanza (permit to stay while awaiting citizenship). This keeps you legal in Italy past the 90 day mark.
- After confirmation of citizenship, we’ll take you for your carta d’identità (Italian ID card), your passport, and your tessera sanitaria.
Timeframe for residency
We recommend that you plan a stay of at least 6 months or more.
Though it can take far less time to actually file your application in Italy, we’ve found 6 months to be the “sweet spot” for two reasons:
1. Applying in Italy is a large financial commitment, at least up front. As is customary in Italy, you’ll be paying at least 3-4 months rent up front just to get the keys to your apartment. A large portion of this is returned to you when you leave, but keep in mind that you need 3 months’ notice to break a rental contract in Italy. Budgeting at least 6 months’ time means you can recoup some of the initial financial investment over time.
2. The longer you stay, the more iron-clad your residency. Though you could technically get residency and file for citizenship in as little as 3 days, the longer you stay, the more likely Italian authorities will view your residency as legitimate. Illegitimate residencies may lead to a revocation of citizenship. At Get Italian Citizenship, Inc. we definitely don’t want that.
Timeframe for recognition
After you apply for citizenship, Turin will take scans of all of your records and then contact each consulate back home.
They will ask them if you or your family members have renounced the right to have Italian dual citizenship. This step is known as the “attestato di non rinuncia.” The timeframe for this step varies according to consular workload. And – remember – only the consulate knows the answer to this request, so you’ll have to wait for their response.
Fortunately, consulates tend to respond rather quickly to applicants in Italy. You can expect recognition timeframes of anywhere between 2-8 months, though outliers are not uncommon. You do not need to be in Italy at the moment you are recognized.
Our apply in Italy applications start at $6,500 per family unit.
If you would like to hire us to obtain all of your paperwork in addition to assisting you with filing your application in Italy, we offer a convenient $1,000 discount on combined services.
What's not included
Your flights, travel on the ground in Italy, room and board, and any other ancillary expenses for your day-to-day life in Italy.
Also not included: fee for your permesso di soggiorno, fee for your Italian passport.
Where we work
We operate in beautiful Turin (Torino). Turin is the capital of the Piedmont region. It is an ideal place to apply for dual citizenship in Italy.
From 1861 to 1865, Turin was the first capital of Italy. As a result, many call Turin Italy’s only “royal” city. Turin is ideally located on the western bank of the Po river in front of the Susa Valley and surrounded by the Western Alps and Superga Hill. From Turin you can take day trips to a number of cities such as Bologna, Milan, and the charming Aosta Valley.
Turin is famous throughout Italy for its refined architecture and cuisine. It is also the home of FIAT, Lancia, Alfa Romeo, and Grom. Stately baroque buildings and old cafes line our city’s boulevards and grand squares such as Piazza Castello and Piazza San Carlo. Nearby is the soaring spire of the Mole Antonelliana, a 19th-century tower housing the interactive National Cinema Museum.
Turin is a wonderful place to visit and an even more wonderful place to live. We can’t wait to welcome you to your new Italian home!