What Is AIRE and AIRE Italia?
AIRE is an acronym for the Anagrafe degli Italiani Residenti all’Estero (the Registry of Italians Residing Abroad). AIRE was introduced in 1988 to provide a way for Italian nationals to maintain contact with the Italian government when they are not residing in Italy. Being registered with the AIRE will streamline your access to government services you may need and is considered both a right and a duty for those who qualify to register.
Do You Need to Register With AIRE?
Registration with AIRE Italia is mandatory for any Italian citizen who plans to live in a foreign country for 12 months or more. AIRE registration must be completed within 90 days of arrival in the country where you will be temporarily residing. You will register for AIRE at the Italian Consulate that has jurisdiction in your area.
You Will Need to Register With AIRE Under These Conditions
You will need to submit an application for AIRE registration if you were:
- Born in Italy and decide to live in another country for more than 12 months
- You acquired Italian citizenship by jure sanguinis (through Italian descent) and do not live in Italy
You Will Not Need to Register With AIRE Under These Conditions
Italian Americans with dual citizenship and Italian citizens living abroad do not need to register with AIRE if they are:
- Residing outside of Italy for a period of fewer than 12 months (seasonal workers, for example)
- Government employees who are stationed outside of Italy
- Italian Armed Service members who are stationed at NATO posts in other countries
- Someone who does not hold current Italian citizenship or has given up their citizenship as part of naturalization in another country
Documents Needed to Register With AIRE
If you live in the United States, registering as an American with AIRE is a simple process. You will complete the necessary forms at your regional AIRE Italian Consulate website or office.
You should have these documents ready before you visit your Italian Consulate:
- A signed AIRE registration form, which was obtained from the Consulate
- A valid Italian ID or proof of citizenship
- Proof of residence and address, which might include a driver’s license, resident card, or work visa, combined with a rental agreement or recent utility bill
What Are the Benefits of Registering With AIRE?
Once you are registered in AIRE with the Italian consular office, any action regarding your personal records or contact with Italian municipalities will be streamlined. Italian citizens registered with AIRE are able to:
- Access consular services quickly and easily
- Vote in Italian, EU, or municipal elections while living abroad
- Obtain or renew their identification documents and Italian Passport
- The ability to renew an existing Italian driver’s license
- Complete an AIRE change of address as needed
Are You Ready to Register or Apply for Italian Citizenship?
Italian citizens who transfer their residency to the United States should register within 90 days. Many Americans who obtain their dual Italian citizenship will be automatically registered with AIRE as part of that process. Being included in the registry of Italians living abroad will keep you connected and up to date with your responsibilities and rights as a full citizen of Italy.
If you are unsure if you need to register or want to understand the process of becoming an Italian citizen by blood, contact us today. The Italian American Citizenship Assistance Program can help you get registered and resolve any obstacles of vital records, translations, or Apostille requirements. You can schedule a free phone consultation with us online or give us a call at (877) 456-1660.
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