Are There Drawbacks to Obtaining Italian Dual Citizenship?
Ciao a tutti!
If this is your first time on this blog, please allow me to introduce myself: I am an Italian/U.S. dual citizen and the owner and operator of Get Italian Citizenship, Inc., an Italian dual citizenship consulting company. I’m on a mission to help people get Italian citizenship by descent, one passport at a time.
With this blog post, I hope to dispel some rumors about obtaining Italian dual citizenship and the impact of a second passport. I also want to answer the question, “Are there drawbacks to obtaining Italian dual citizenship?”
In Truth, There Aren’t Many Drawbacks to Italian Dual Citizenship
Let me state this unequivocally that as an Italian dual citizen.
I can tell you from firsthand experience that there are few, if any, drawbacks to holding both a U.S. and an Italian passport. The two that most often come up are:
- Remembering to use your U.S. passport when leaving the U.S. and your Italian one when entering the EU for convenience
- You may not be eligible for positions with the U.S. government barring dual citizenship or requiring very high level security clearance
But since most of us are not vying for positions as spies for the U.S. government, you might be relieved to know that you will encounter almost no negative impact from having dual citizenship. Unlike the U.S., Italy will not tax its citizens abroad. If you are an Italian/U.S. dual citizen living in the U.S., you can continue to file your taxes as normal without any added steps for the Italian government.
Additionally, Italy will not draft you (they stopped doing that long ago). You must simply follow the laws as normal when you are in Italy. On the flip side, you will receive privileges like the ability to vote in Italian elections and to earn an Italian pension if you work in Italy for long enough to pay in to the pension scheme.
If You’re Eligible, You’re Actually Already a Citizen
In fact, you may be surprised to find out that you are already an Italian citizen under the eyes of Italian law. Italian citizenship jure sanguinis is your birthright. As far as Italy is concerned, you are a citizen in waiting because your status has not been “claimed” yet. Obtaining your Italian passport is nothing more than merely a legal recognition of the citizenship you have already possessed since you were born. Really!
Since there are practically no drawbacks to obtaining Italian dual citizenship, it’s more practical to discuss the benefits of obtaining an Italian passport.
Benefits of Italian Dual Citizenship
Italian dual citizenship means you enjoy citizenship advantages of both countries: Italy and the U.S.. You may qualify for pension in both countries. Also, you can enjoy cheaper healthcare and education throughout the EU. As an Italian dual citizen, you can enjoy every single benefit available to the citizens of Italy. This includes the right to vote in elections as well as to leverage tax shelters and benefits. You can also seek healthcare not available in the U.S. at affordable costs.
Ease of Travel
Italian dual citizenship will allow you to travel, stay and work unrestricted in the E.U. You will never have to worry about a visa ever again and can live in Italy (and within the EU) for as long as you want, completely unrestricted as is your right.
Better Employment Prospects
European employers or employers sending their workers to Europe for extended periods of time will see your Italian citizenship as an asset. Your passports mean less bureaucratic hassle for them and will be a point in your favor.
For entrepreneurs, having Italian citizenship means that going into business within the European Union is also significantly easier than it is for Americans with single citizenship.
Education in Italy is extremely affordable, as is education in much of the E.U. Italian citizenship allows you and your children to study in Italy and pay EU tuition rates within EU universities. This means significant savings.
One of the most basic reasons why Italian dual citizenship is beneficial is that you get to pass it on to your children. They then can pass it to their children and their children’s children in perpetuity. Thus, it can start an unbroken line of Italian citizenship. Italian dual citizenship is truly the gift that keeps on giving.
Added Protection Abroad
If you’re in trouble abroad, you can appeal to two embassies or consulates as a citizen of two countries. You can also travel to places that are inhospitable to Americans with your Italian passport.
For the uninsured or underinsured, healthcare in the U.S. can be expensive. As an Italian citizen, you can apply for your tessera sanitaria to receive Italian healthcare. Good news: it’s world class and much more affordable than healthcare in the States.
Having Italian dual citizenship entitles you to hassle free property renting and buying. For an Italian citizen, the bureaucracy of home ownership will be significantly pared down.
Maybe I’m a bit biased because I’ve been a dual U.S.-Italian citizen for over ten years, but I have had nothing but good experiences. To date, I have not experienced any drawbacks to Italian dual citizenship. If you are curious about obtaining an Italian passport and would like some help, please contact us for a customized quote!
Did you obtain an Italian passport? What opportunities or advantages did it give you? Tell us in the comments.