Acquiring Italian dual citizenship can seem a daunting process. However, it doesn’t have to be, especially if you hire an Italian citizenship service provider such as Get Italian Citizenship. Since 2005, we’ve helped hundreds of people reconnect with their Italian heritage.
In this blog post, we’ll help you understand how to become an Italian dual citizen. Here, we’ll explain why you should consider applying for Italian dual citizenship in Italy.
Now more than ever, Italian dual citizenship applicants contend with long consular wait times for appointments. In Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, or Rio De Janeiro, you may wait more than 10 years just to apply. Then, you’ll still have to wait for processing.
Assuming you meet all eligibility requirements, you can technically only apply at the consulate where you permanently reside.
However, you can establish residence in Italy in accordance with Italian law and avoid long delays at Italian consulates outside Italy.
While in the US, consular appointments can be 3-10 years out, you can almost always apply immediately after you’ve established residency in Italy.
These applications in Italy can be appealing because you can cut wait times down and enjoy living in Italy at the same time.
But remember: while there are no wait times for appointments in Italy, you still have to gather your documentation prior to arriving in Italy.
Recognize that putting together your application with US and Italian vital records, translations, and apostilles, etc. may take a while. You cannot fast track this portion of your application. Thus, the process of gathering your documents takes more or less the same amount of time whether you apply in the US or Italy
When applying in Italy, you must establish permanent residence in a town you choose. It is a common misconception that you must apply in your ancestral town. According to Italian law, you may apply anywhere as long as you obtain residency.
Protocol varies from town to town, but town officials will always ask to show proof of residency such as a lease for an apartment, a purchase of a home, proof you are living with a friend or relative, etc.
If you are using a rental contract, it must be filed with the Agenzia delle Entrare prior to your residency application. The same goes for a dichiarazione di ospitalità (declaration of hospitality) from a friend or relative, or a comodato d’uso (no-fee rental contract).
You must remain in your town for the initial 45 days after you file for residency. According to Italian law, the town has up to 45 days to verify your status as a resident. Normally, they send an officer (vigile) to your home to check you are there.
Once they have sent the vigile or the 45 days have passed, you are an official resident. Then, you can proceed to hand in your vital records for your application.
Here’s Some Things to Keep in Mind When Applying in Italy:
To determine where you’ll apply, you might want to carefully weigh the following factors.
According to Italian law, residency is based on two fundamental elements.
Here are some of the most commonly-asked questions we get from clients.
Can family members like spouses and children also apply for Italian dual citizenship?
Absolutely, but rules do apply. Spouses may only apply after you receive your citizenship. There is one exception to this rule: women marrying Italian men before April 27, 1983 automatically became Italian citizens. Minor children automatically become citizens when you do. Adult children can apply at any time.
It’s a separate certification that is placed on top of your original document such as a vital record. It certifies the signature signing the original document and makes your original document valid for use in Italy.
No, but it certainly helps. Many comune clerks do not speak English, so you will have an easier time if you speak Italian or bring someone who does.
Are There Generational Limits?
We’ve gone over this before and are happy to say there are no generational limits for applying. As long as you qualify, you may go as far back as necessary.
Cost is determined by a multitude of factors such as: how many generations you go back, whether you want to DIY your paperwork or hand it off to a professional, etc.
GET ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP has been helping Italian dual citizenship applicants for over 15 years. Whether you need just one document, assistance from start to finish, or wish to fast track your application in Italy, we can help! Contact us today to get started.