By: Sachin Shah
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6 Tips for Less Stress and More Efficiency as You Apply for Italian Dual Citizenship
Obtaining Italian dual citizenship can open a world of opportunities for you. Not only will you be considered a citizen of Italy but also a citizen of the European Union (EU). This status allows you to live, work, study, and travel abroad in any EU country without any restrictions or visas.
Another benefit is you can travel freely to any of the other European Union member countries. Imagine being able to travel from Italy to France, Greece, or Austria and not have to worry about dealing with customs. Traveling between EU countries is much like travel in the U.S. when you travel to different states.
The process to secure Italian American dual citizenship status can seem overwhelming at first. By using these tips, the process will be less stressful and more efficient as you explore your options for securing dual citizenship status.
1. Research your ancestors.
One path to citizenship allows you to become an Italian citizen if one of your ancestors was an Italian citizen. This is the easiest path to dual status. Talk to parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents to discover your lineage.
2. Schedule a phone consultation with an expert in Italian dual citizenship.
Whether you discovered you are descended from an Italian ancestor or want to explore the other paths to citizenship, speaking to an expert is very beneficial. You can find out more about the application process, what documentation will be required, translation requirements, and much more.
3. Schedule an appointment with the Italian Consulate ASAP.
If you are serious about obtaining dual citizenship status and can do so through your ancestors, then you want to schedule your application review appointment now. Don’t wait until you have gathered everything you need. The waitlist can be as long as two years! So, the sooner you make the appointment, the better.
4. Gather the required documentation.
Now that your appointment is scheduled, spend time researching and obtaining the necessary documentation. Work with your dual citizenship expert to determine which documents must be translated into Italian.
5. Double-check and triple-check everything before your appointment.
Since it takes so long to get an application review appointment, you want to make the most of it and ensure everything is in order. The last thing you want is to show up, not have a document you need, or not have it translated, and have an unexpected delay. By arriving with everything in order, it will help avoid any delays.
6. Remember to have patience and not get frustrated.
The payoff for securing Italian American dual citizenship status takes time. The reward for your patience with the application process is being able to leave your application review meeting with your application stamped “approved.”
Once your application is approved, it can take around six months before you are registered in Italy and able to apply for your Italian passport. After you apply and obtain your passport, as you are holding it in your hands you will realize the entire process was entirely worth it!
To find out if you qualify for Italian dual citizenship status and the different paths available for Italian citizenship, please feel free to contact the Italian American Citizenship Assistance Program at (305) 812-5512 for a FREE 30-minute telephone consultation today!