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Everything You Need to Know About the Costs of Applying for Italian American Dual Citizenship
The costs associated with applying for Italian American dual citizenship will vary depending on several factors. The purpose of this article is to help you better understand what sorts of costs you could incur throughout the process.
Keep in mind, the costs for the various documents and services will vary depending on where they were issued and the processes needed to obtain an original copy. Always do your research, ask questions, and get help from a service that understands the costs and requirements for dual citizenship status.
Italian American Dual Citizenship by Descent (Jure Sanguinis)
To file your application for dual citizenship, you will need various documents to prove your lineage. Some of the more common documents you need to obtain original copies of include:
- Birth Certificates: Depending on how far back you need to go, you may need to get birth certificates for yourself, your parents, your grandparents, your great grandparents, and so on.
- Naturalization Papers: You will need to obtain naturalization papers showing when your ancestor naturalized in the United States or another country if they naturalized.
- Marriage Certificates: You will need copies of marriage certificates to establish family relationships and lineage.
- Death Certificates: In some cases, you may need to provide death certificates for various ancestors.
- Divorce Decrees: You may also need original copies of divorce decrees in certain situations.
Additionally, you will need to obtain Apostille stamps and/or certifications for the various documents. Furthermore, each document that is not in Italian by an Italian agency must also be translated into Italian by an approved translation service. Apostille stamps and certifications, as well as translations, will have their own fees and costs.
Italian American Dual Citizenship by Marriage (Jure Matrimonii)
If you are applying for dual citizenship through marriage, you will need copies of your birth certificates and your marriage certificate if your spouse already has their dual status. Otherwise, your spouse will have to apply for citizenship by Jure Sanguinis, get approved, and then you can apply for citizenship by Jure Matrimonii.
Any documents not issued by an Italian agency and in Italian must also be translated and may require Apostille stamps and/or certifications.
Other Costs Associated with Applying for Italian American Dual Citizenship
Regardless of which path you use, there will be additional costs associated with the application process. These can include, but may not be limited to:
- Processing Fee: The Italian Consulate will charge a processing fee. The amount will vary depending on whether you apply to a consulate outside Italy or directly in Italy.
- Living Expenses: If you plan to relocate to or visit Italy, you will have living expenses to pay in Italy that will differ from those in America.
- Travel Expenses: You will have to cover the costs to travel to Italy.
- Visa/Work Permit: If you want to live in Italy while awaiting approval of your application, you will need to secure an extended stay visa and a work permit if you plan on working.
- Residency Permit: You will also need to obtain a residency permit to remain in Italy pending your application.
- Italian Passport: Once approved, you will have to pay the Italian passport fee to have your Italian passport issued.
- Italian ID Card: Once you have your Italian passport, you will need to apply and obtain an Italian ID card.
Please note, you do not have to move to Italy to obtain dual citizenship status. You can apply in the U.S. through the Italian Consulate.
For further information about the costs associated with applying for Italian American dual citizenship, how to apply for dual citizenship, or the specific requirements for dual citizenship, please contact the Italian American Citizenship Assistance Program at (305) 812-5512 for a FREE 30-minute initial consultation today!