Why have italian dual citizenship?

Italian Dual Citizenship Benefits

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

With some of the world’s most famous art and architecture, world-renowned cuisine, instantly recognizable fashion, world class design, and gorgeous countryside and cities alike, Italy is one of the world’s most beloved places.

For those seeking a 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.

But having Italian dual citizenship is not just a sentimental project. When you become an Italian citizen, you become a holder of an EU passport. And believe us–there are a number of tangible, real world benefits of Italian dual citizenship.

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It's not just a citizenship. You get a ton of benefits as well.

All the perks of the EU

As a dual citizen, you can live, work, and study anywhere in the EU. Mobility is your right! This is one of the most important benefits of Italian dual citizenship.

Affordable healthcare

Italian healthcare is incredibly affordable. It is also consistently ranked in the top 3 worldwide!

No more student loans

Tuition for EU students is affordable throughout the Union. You or your kids can go to college without student loans.

More employment options

Employers will view your dual citizenship as an asset because it means you don’t need sponsorship.

Pass it on to your kids

Italian dual citizenship is forever. You can pass it on to your children (and them to theirs).

Double protection

If you are abroad and get into trouble, you can seek assistance from two embassies–not just one.

Stop the clock

With an Italian passport, you can stay as long as you want in Italy at any time. No more 90 day limits!

Honor your heritage

Bring it all full circle by honoring your heritage. Italian citizenship is a tangible way of saying “thanks” to your ancestors.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do 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. In fact, if you are eligible for Italian dual citizenship you are actually already an Italian citizen. The process of obtaining Italian dual citizenship is nothing more than the seeking legal recognition of a status you already possess.

Will 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.

Will I have to serve in the Italian armed forces?

No. Italy has abolished the draft and has no intentions of reinstating it.

Do I have to be a certain percentage Italian to qualify?

No. You need only have one qualifying ancestor, no matter how many generations back.

How 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 thumb is to always use the country’s passport of the country you are entering.

Where 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.

Is 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.