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Complete Guide to an Italian Passport
An Italian passport is one of the most popular passports in the world. For those who meet the requirements, obtaining a passport is rather straightforward, plus you can go anywhere in the European Union. At the Italian American Citizenship Assistance Program (ITAMCAP), we can help you through the process. Here is a guide to getting your documentation and how obtaining an Italian passport can benefit you.
How Do I Get an Italian Passport?
To obtain an Italian passport, you must request, complete, and submit an application provided by the Consulate. It must be submitted with all required fees, supporting documentation, and translations. If you have vital records on file, some Consulates provide same-day service for dual citizens; for most people, it can take one to six weeks to receive a passport.
Benefits of an Italian Passport
Getting an Italian passport grants you several benefits. Some of these benefits include:
- Live, work, or purchase property in any member country of the EU
- Hiring preference by employers inside the EU, and the ability to do business anywhere
- Access to low-cost healthcare, including doctors and emergency services
- Higher education at a reasonable cost, including top universities
- Permission to use Fast Track lines at travel hubs, available only to EU citizens
- Voting rights for parliamentary elections
What Does an Italian Passport Look Like?
Like most passports, an Italian passport looks like a small booklet with engravings on the front. It has a unique biometric chip that is nearly impossible to duplicate. The first page features the symbol of the European Union and Italian Republic, with the word “passport” printed in the language of the passport holder’s respective country. Your passport identity number is listed below that, as it is at the bottom of every page.
On the second page, your personal details are identified. These include your name, birth date, age, and other characteristics such as hair and eye color. The third page identifies where you live, whether you reside in Italy or another country. A photo of you and additional personal information is below that.
Start the Process to Get Your Italian Passport
Meeting all the requirements of getting your passport or obtaining Italian dual citizenship can seem daunting. However, ITAMCAP provides assistance to help you gather all documents needed and apply for Italian citizenship or get an Italian passport. To get started, contact us online or call 305-812-5512.