You may be asking “How do I apply for Italian citizenship?” Many Americans have Italian heritage or a distinct passion for Italy and want to express this by obtaining Italian citizenship. It is also common for American expatriates living in Italy to obtain Italian citizenship, as this gives them permanent residency throughout the EU. The process to get Italian citizenship is long and complicated, and many choose to hire a firm that specializes in this process so that they will not have to do everything themselves. To learn more about applying for Italian citizenship, read on.
To apply for Italian citizenship, you must submit the appropriate paperwork to an Italian consulate. What sort of paperwork you have to submit varies depending on the basis of your claim that you should be awarded Italian citizenship. For example, if your grandparents came over from Italy to the United States, you should submit documents that prove your grandparents were Italian citizens. If the basis of your claim for citizenship is that you are married to an Italian citizen, you should submit the marriage license and proof of your spouse’s citizenship.
You will also have to prove your identity and your current residency. Generally, you will be required to submit your passport to prove your residency. Your residency can be proven with a utility bill. Once you have submitted all the documentation required, you will have to pay a fee for your application to be processed. The fee is currently 300 euros, which is a little more than $300 at the current exchange rates.
Now, you must wait for the Italian consulate to process your application. You may understandably be curious about how long this may take, but there is no one answer. It depends on which consulate you go to and their current backlog of applications. However, applications for Italian citizenship usually take several months to process. If there have been any errors or omissions in your application, it will take longer.
As you can see from reading this article, the process of applying for Italian citizenship is quite complicated and lengthy. Therefore, many people choose to hire a firm that specializes in helping people obtain Italian citizenship. Our firm will be able to help you with the process from start to finish. We will do a full consultation at the beginning to advise you on the different steps of the process. We will then determine the best basis you have for claiming Italian citizenship, whether that be through descent, marriage or residency. Our firm will then help you gather the paperwork and apply. We can’t guarantee the success of your application, but you have a better chance if you go with us. Contact us today to learn more.