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Important Update on Italian Law Change

Italian Law:  When you are applying for dual citizenship, to any country for that matter, there are things you must possess; patience! As you know, we applied and were approved for dual citizenship with Italy in November 2015. We are of course, still waiting for our Italian passports.

We did just, however, find out about a change in the Italian law from our lawyer who has helped us through this process. She advised that it is now possible to go directly to Italy to the comune (a basic administrative division in Italy, roughly equivalent to a township or municipality) you are applying for citizenship with all of your paperwork and translations. It will still take about two years and if there are any questions you will have to hire a lawyer or someone to get the information and have it translated.

Roberta also advised, the comune’s are more selective in giving citizenship than the Italian Consulates in the United States. Of course, depending on the size of the commune, it might be even longer.

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    March 3, 2018 at 7:29 am

    Why is it taking more than two years from the date of recognition to get your passport? Did you apply J.S.?

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      March 3, 2018 at 5:20 pm

      Hi Lindsay, the reason is that the Italian Consulate located in Los Angeles, California is the busiest in the country and they actually have such a backlog that they halted new applications for quite some time. I truly believe in my heart that if the women we first saw stayed in her position we would have had our passports already. The new consulate is a stickler and everything is black or white; no grey.

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    May 13, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    How unfortunate. I spent about 6-8 months researching, requesting and acquiring docs for my husband’s citizenship. We lived in Las Vegas at the time and used the LA Consulate. In August, 2006, we brought his sister into the plan and she got her personal docs together; we all met at the consulate; got approved; and the passports came a few months later.

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      May 15, 2018 at 2:31 pm

      Wow Allisa, I am blown away by your time frame. The LA Consulate covers those that live in Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Southern California and Arizona. I wish ours only took a few months vs. 2.5+ years!

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    Prasant Bhatt (Mardi Himal)
    August 24, 2018 at 9:19 am

    Hello Imodica
    I am planning to visit Italy in December. Thanks for making such a useful content which cover all about visa and Italian law. It is really helpful for a digital nomad like me. thanks a lot.

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      August 24, 2018 at 4:21 pm

      Thank you so much for the compliment! We always try and give educational and helpful information to our readers. Italy is beautiful in December, have a wonderful safe trip and let us know if you have any questions before you go! We would love to help you with your trip if you need it.

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        Colin Naidoo
        August 12, 2019 at 8:45 am

        Hello Imodica,
        I want to move to Italy permanently end this year or early 2020. Do I start the process now or wait until I’m in Italy. I’m from South Africa and have no ancestral back ground whatsoever in Italy.

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