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Tips on How to Get Dual Citizenship in Italy with Less Stress and More Efficiency
Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, many U.S. citizens are now exploring options on how to get dual citizenship in Italy and other countries. With the number of active coronavirus cases declining or completely gone in many foreign countries, it can be attractive for Americans to want to get out of the United States where they can live more “normally” like before COVID.
There are also several benefits one can enjoy upon obtaining dual citizenship status. One of the more popular ones is being able to get around imposed travel restrictions and not being limited to only being allowed to stay for 90 days in Italy. You can even travel more freely from one European Union country to another with Italian dual citizenship status.
It is worthwhile to note the processes to apply for citizenship in Italy and other countries that allow U.S. citizens to obtain dual-status can be complex, time-consuming, and complicated if you do not know what to do. By using these great tips, you will find that even though there is a time constraint, the overall processes can be less stressful and more efficient.
1. Learn about the different paths to dual citizenship status.
Italy makes it possible to obtain dual citizenship status through Italian ancestors, by marriage, and by obtaining a work visa and living in Italy for a specific period. Which path you choose will depend on whether you have Italian ancestors that qualify you for citizenship by descent.
2. Get advice and assistance from a qualified Italian dual citizenship service.
Italian dual citizenship services can help provide the guidance and assistance required to determine which path to citizenship is best for you. They are there to lend advice on what types of documentation will be necessary. They can even provide translation services that are required for various documents you need to submit with your application.
3. Schedule your application review appointment at the Italian consulate.
You will need to submit your application in person at the Italian consulate. The wait time can range from six months to up to two years. It is better to schedule this appointment as soon as possible once you confirm you can obtain citizenship status through one of your Italian ancestors.
4. Gather the appropriate documentation and have it translated into Italian.
The Italian government requires all documentation that is not issued in Italy and Italian to be translated and submitted with an original copy of the document, such a naturalization records, vital records, and medical records.
5. Have an Italian dual citizenship service review your application.
You will want to make sure your application has been completed correctly. The last thing you want is to arrive for your application review and be told there are issues and problems you will need to correct, and then have to schedule another review appointment.
6. Place everything into a secure location until your review appointment.
Get a safety deposit box or another secure location to store your application, original copies, translations, and other documentation you will need to provide during your application review meeting at the Italian consulate. By keeping everything in a secure location, you won’t waste time trying to remember where you put it later.
7. Arrive at least 15 minutes early for your application review appointment.
Make sure you arrive at the Italian consulate at least 15 minutes early to allow time to check in, go through security, and make your way to the location where your meeting is taking place. You don’t want to arrive late and make a poor impression on the interviewer.
For further details and to find out more about how to get dual citizenship in Italy, please feel free to contact the Italian American Citizenship Assistance Program at (305) 812-5512 today for your FREE 30-minute initial consultation.