There’s never been a better time to consider obtaining your second passport for a country like Italy. There are many benefits from actually being considered a “citizen” of such a beautiful country. One of the questions I often field is whether or not people qualify. Here’s a basic primer to see if you’d qualify and the steps to take: First, you’ll need parents that were both born in Italy. Second; we’ll need to Apostille their marriage certificate and your birth certificate ($169 for standard Albany service). Third; you’ll get the documents, with a citizenship application, to the Italian Consulate at 690 Park Avenue in New York City.
Now we’ve really simplified the process here, but one of the most important aspects is making sure your documents are “in order”.
So what are the benefits of becoming an Italian citizen besides “really” telling people “I’m Italian”? Here’s 6 that we found interesting:
1. The ability to work, reside and study in Italy and across the 27 EU member states (e.g. Spain, France, Germany, Netherlands etc.) without the need of a Visa. EU citizens are often prioritized over people from outside the EU for many professional and educational opportunities.
2. Simplified and more cost-effective process to purchase properties in Italy.
3. Tax-Free import of vehicles (car, trucks etc.) directly from the US to Italy
4. You will have access to public medical care and high-quality public education as available to EU citizens.
5. You will have the right to vote for the Italian Parliament representative in your region.
6. You will be able to transfer Italian citizenship to all children under 18 years old automatically.
But don’t wait too long if this process interests you. In this current political climate, the dual-citizenship doorway can terminate at a minute’s notice. Start here: apostilleapply.com
*photo credit Perillo Tours – thanks Diana Ferro-Rodrigues