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Dual Citizenship

Are you interested in obtaining dual citizenship with another country? We are currently in this process with Italy. We knew we wanted to start this journey when we first visited Italy in 2010. Yes indeed… we returned from this vacation and both knew this is where we would one day want to retire or at least spend a few years.

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You need to understand that this is not an easy process. We applied at the Consulate on November 2, 2015, and we are still waiting for confirmation that all our paperwork has been processed and that we are ready for passports. What do they say about hindsight? It’s true. If we knew then what we know now, our lives would be different and less stressful. We sold our home which we really shouldn’t have done. We sold our furniture, cars, possessions, just about everything. You can read other posts on the blog about this. We have been traveling and staying with family since January 2016 – ready to leave the USA and begin our 1-year adventure in Italy.

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We have compiled a basic checklist to help you get started if you are considering obtaining dual citizenship in Italy. Our checklist is for Americans trying to go through this process. Even today, it still amazes me the amount of documentation we needed and, the fact that it had to be all original documents.

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Documents For How to Get Started Dual Citizenship

All the documents we needed were in New York and Massachusetts. It took us about two plus years to get these original documents (with all the signatures, seals, and certificates) and several documents we needed from Sicily.

Please understand, by no means is this checklist a complete list of everything you will need to do. It is meant to be a starting point, a foundation to build upon; as each state has different requirements. These requirements will depend on where you, your spouse, parents, and grandparents were born, married, divorced (if applicable), or died, (if that be the case). Italian law is constantly changing and what is true today might very well be different tomorrow. That is exactly why it is best to go to a reliable source rather than go by what others have experienced.


Both these books beautifully capture the essence of Italy, its people, and the strong sense of community that defines life in small Italian towns. With lyrical prose and reflections, Ilene & Gary invite readers to accompany them on a journey of self-discovery and transformation in the heart of Tuscany.
Books by Ilene and Gary Modica, Our Italian Journey, When Your Heart Finds Its Home and audiobook, ouritalianjourney.com

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There is also good information on the Internet. If you have specific questions, you can ask them on a site www.expatexchange.com. I have found this site quite helpful for a variety of topics.

There is a Facebook group with all sorts of information, help, and guidance. It is strictly about US/Italian dual citizenship!

Have you heard about a new Digital Nomad Visa for Italy? Check out our post.

Other Suggestions

You should make an appointment and meet with your local Italian Consulate. There is no cost associated with this meeting. Be respectful of their time and have all your questions written down so you don’t forget to ask something and regret it later. Our local Consulate’s office was located on the second floor of the Italian American Club!

If you decide to start your journey, please share it with us! We’d love to hear from you.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on December 1, 2016, and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.


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