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Must-Know Benefits of Becoming an EU Citizen
An EU passport offers the most flexibility of any passport in the world. It allows you to travel, work in, and access a range of services in most European countries. The following must-know benefits of an EU passport can be realized with an Italian American dual citizenship.
- You Don’t Need a Visa: As an EU citizen, you can travel to and from the 28 member countries without a visa, with no restrictions on activities. You can live, work, retire, or study in any EU country you’d like to.
- Free/Reduced Tuition: Not only are there many reputable universities in the EU, but some of the top ones are free or are accessible via reduced tuition costs. Subsidized degrees can be found in business administration, social sciences, IT, journalism, and law.
- Universal Health Care: As an Italian citizen, you can receive medical treatment in any EU member country. This applies whether you need medical services while traveling, studying abroad, or residing in a different state. Each country has its own system, but a European health insurance card gets you coverage across the region.
- Tax Incentives: There are no-double-taxation agreements between over 60 countries. Businesses registered in two countries may not be double taxed either. In many countries, you’ll get favorable foreign income tax structures in your first years as a citizen.
- Freedom to Work Anywhere: If you live in Italy, dual citizenship allows you to work in any EU member country. Employers often look for internationally experienced candidates who are mobile, bilingual, and culturally aware. Hiring a dual citizen also avoids having to deal with a complex permit or visa process.
- Diplomatic Protection: Even if you reside in a non-EU country, you are entitled to diplomatic protection by consular authorities. All member states are represented diplomatically in the U.S., Russia, and China. In places EU citizens are unrepresented, they still receive protection, whether their passport is stolen, they experience an illness or accident, or they need to be evacuated.
- Voting Rights: With EU citizenship, you can vote in the EU country you reside in. You can even stand as a candidate in local elections or the European Parliament. Also, you can be recruited to work in a public service position under the same conditions as nationals.
- Privacy of Personal Data: The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) introduced by the EU places restrictions on data collection, storage, and usage. You can safely move personal data from one provider to another. Privacy regarding taxation is tight as well.
- Food/Product Safety: The EU has some of the strictest food and product safety regulations in the world. A regional alert system helps protect citizens when dangerous products are found.
- Own Property Without a Permit: Citizenship law allows you to own property in any EU country, and you don’t even need a permit to do so. This is favorable to investors in European real estate and gives them an opportunity to diversify their portfolios.
Apply for Dual Citizenship Today
The Italian American Citizenship Assistance Program can help you become an Italian citizen or pursue dual citizenship. We can help determine if you qualify. Contact us today to learn more about Italian dual citizenship or call 305-812-5512 today.