FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions About Dual Citizenship
If you are considering the benefits of gaining Italian citizenship for yourself and your descendants, these frequently asked questions may help you with your decision.
Why Should I Seek Italian Dual Citizenship?
The advantages are many, and include the right to live and work in the EU indefinitely, access to high-quality health care and education opportunities, travel and do business in many EU countries without a visa, voting in EU elections, and buying property in (or transporting personal goods to) Italy without excessive fees.
Am I Eligible for Italian Citizenship?
Determining your eligibility for Italian citizenship will teach you much about your family history and offers several paths to achieve this goal. You may qualify by birth, by marriage, or by descent. We have more details here and a pre-screening questionnaire you can fill out online in just a few minutes to see if you are likely to qualify.
How Do I Apply for Italian Dual Citizenship?
Many people who would qualify simply do not know how to obtain dual citizenship. The application process, vital record searches, and translations required may seem daunting, but assistance is available through our program to help you succeed in acquiring your Italian citizenship.
What Documentation Is Required?
An Italian dual citizenship application will require, at a minimum, birth certificates for yourself and your parents, proof of permanent residence, and a naturalization records search for your direct Italian ancestor or spouse which will establish your right to citizenship.
Can Supporting Documentation Be Submitted in English?
Many of the required documents for your dual citizenship application, including birth, marriage, death, and divorce records must be translated to Italian by a certified translator. Those which are notarized or legalized must be authenticated by Apostille, which is an internationally recognized form of legal authentication. If you need experienced Italian citizenship help, we offer all the services you need to complete these necessary steps.
How Long Does It Take to Obtain Italian Dual Citizenship?
It may take up to 18 months or more to complete the process once your application is accepted by the Italian Consulate with jurisdiction in your area. The best way to complete the process in the shortest possible time is to submit a complete and correct application the first time, with all supporting documentation in order.
What Responsibilities Will I Have as an Italian Citizen?
Becoming a dual citizen will not affect your US citizenship or limit your rights in any way. Serving in the Italian military is voluntary, and not required for you or your children. If you do not choose to live in Italy, you will be required to register with the AIRE, which is an official registry of Italian citizens who reside abroad. This status allows you access to services from the Italian Consulate, including the ability to obtain an Italian passport if you desire.
How Much Will Gaining My Italian Citizenship Cost?
There is a non-refundable application fee of 300 euros which must be submitted with your application. Other services including Apostille, translation, and records searches will add to the cost. However, when weighed against the many benefits of dual Italian citizenship, the price is reasonable, especially considering it is a one-time investment which you can pass on to your children.