Benefits of Italian Dual Citizenship

Benefits of Italian Dual Citizenship

Composer Giuseppe Verdi may have said it best: “avrai tu l’universo, resti l’Italia a me.”
You may have the universe if I may have Italy.

For those seeking to return to their Italian roots, there is no better way of reclaiming their heritage than becoming an actual Italian citizen and a holder of the coveted red passaporto.

And there are practical benefits of Italian dual citizenship, too.

Frequently Asked Questions

1Do I need to speak Italian to become an Italian dual citizen?
Not at all.

You can become an Italian citizen by descent even if you do not speak Italian.
2Will I have to pay Italian taxes?
Only if you are living and working in Italy. Unlike the United States, Italy does not tax its citizens on their worldwide income.
3Will I have to serve in the Italian armed forces?
No. Italy has abolished the draft and has no intentions of reinstating it.
4Do I have to be a certain percentage Italian to qualify?
No. You need only have one qualifying ancestor, no matter how many generations back.
5How do I use my Italian passport?
Remember to enter Italy with your Italian passport, and enter the US with your American one. The rule of them is to always use the country's passport of the country you are entering.
6Where do I apply?
You can apply in one of three ways: at your consulate, in Italy, or in court (only applicable to a small number of applicants). Most people will apply either at their consulate or directly in Italy.
7Is there a fee?
Yes. The Italian government charges a 300 euro fee per adult applicant (over the age of 18). This fee is non-refundable no matter the outcome of your application.