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Get Access to the Most Powerful Passport by Becoming an Italian Citizen
In recent years, an annual index rates the most powerful passports in the world based on the number of countries each passport holder can visit without having to secure a visa or apply for one in advance of travel.
Many countries offer the option to secure a visa upon arrival, if necessary, or visit the country without needing a visa. One such country that has topped the annual index year after year is Italy.
Having an Italian passport allows you access to 188 countries around the world where a visa is not required, or you can obtain a visa after arriving. Italy has placed fourth for several years on the annual index rating.
The only countries that offer access to more countries are Singapore (190 countries), Japan (191 countries), Germany (189 countries), and South Korea (189 countries). Yet, obtaining a passport for one of these countries can be much more difficult that the process to apply for Italian dual citizenship.
Another benefit of getting an Italian passport is it provides access to all Schengen Area countries, which consist of the 26 countries that make up the European Union (EU). Travel between EU countries does not require a passport. However, you do need to have some type of ID to show that you are an Italian citizen, and in most cases, an Italian passport works best.
Paths to Becoming an Italian Citizen
There are several different paths to becoming an Italian citizen. One of the options frequently used is when you are a descendant of an Italian-born ancestor who might have immigrated to the United States. If you meet certain requirements and can prove your lineage, you can secure an Italian passport and dual Italian American citizenship status.
Whenever you want to travel abroad in EU countries, you can just carry your Italian passport and not worry about any international travel requirements, as they would not apply since Italy is part of the EU.
Another path to Italian citizenship is through marriage. If your spouse is either an Italian citizen or holds dual citizenship status because they had an Italian-born ancestor, you could also qualify for dual citizenship status.
You would need to apply, provide the required documentation, like your marriage license, spouse’s linage, and so on. These documents will need to be translated into Italian to be considered “official.”
As long as you meet the requirements, you could easily get dual status and be able to travel to 188 other countries without any restrictions or having to apply for a visa prior to entry.
Once you obtain your Italian passport and dual citizenship status, there are many benefits and opportunities. For example, you can live and work in Italy without needing a work visa. You could attend university in Italy without a student visa. You could buy property. You could even qualify for free healthcare coverage.
If you are interested in finding out if you qualify for Italian dual citizenship status to take advantage of the many benefits of having an Italian passport, please feel free to contact Italian American Citizenship Assistance Program at (305) 812-5512 today!