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You may already be an Italian Citizen and not know it. Italy views everyone from Italian descent as ‘family’ & has favorable laws allowing you to obtain an Italian passport. Becoming a dual citizen has numerous benefits.

Get Assistance with Italian Citizenship from the Experts at IDC

Most people may not realize it, but they could actually be citizens of Italy from birth. Italy requires you to prove your Italian ancestry with proper documentation to apply for and obtain Italian citizenship and does not require you to renounce your current citizenship(s), which allows you to hold two or more passports and be a dual-citizen or “multi”-citizen. Our IDC Italian citizenship assistance team helps people like you learn how to become an Italian citizen and realize their dream of getting dual citizenship.

Ways to Get Italian/American Dual Citizenship

IDC is here to help people who are descendants of an Italian citizen or married to an Italian citizen to gain recognition of Italian citizenship by descent (jure sanguinis) or obtain Italian citizenship by marriage. We represent an experienced team of Italian dual citizenship attorneys and specialists who are experts in Italian citizenship law and immigration, translations and genealogy. With IDC, you can feel confident that you’ve made the right choice when applying for Italian dual citizenship.

Italian American Dual Citizenship

How to Get Italian/American Dual Citizenship in 3 Steps

Step one Qualifying for Italian dual citizenship


Determine if you qualify for Italian citizenship by descent or marriage. Our experts will analyze your circumstances and recommend your best path to qualify.

Step two procuring legal documents for Italian dual citizenship


We will collect all legal documents and records from anywhere in the world, including naturalization documents necessary to apply for Italian citizenship

Step 3 applying for Italian dual citizenship with our team of professionals


We professionally handle the authentication of all records and complete your application for Italian citizenship, keeping you informed throughout each step of the process.

What Makes Us a Top Tier Italian Dual Citizenship Service?

At IDC, we offer a range of services for our clients, including:

  • Assistance in determining if you are eligible to apply for for Italian dual citizenship (dual citizenship USA Italy)
  • Securing documents from both the United States and Italy to help with your case application
  • Assistance in finding unknown relatives
  • Translation of documents into Italian and vice versa
  • Review of documents to ensure that they are compliant with Italian law
  • Compilation of a comprehensive application for you in Italy or at your consulate

IDC offers services based both in Italy and the USA to make the process of applying for Italian citizenship efficient and effective. We offer comprehensive dual citizenship services, where the required work can be done for you or we can work directly with you (depending on your needs) to meet the Italian citizenship requirements to apply. These services are broken down into our Full-Service Package, Guidance Package, and Assistance Package. The Full-Service Package is our most requested service, in which your citizenship case is handled directly through IDC.

Requirements for Italian Citizenship application with an immigration lawyer

If you are in the early stages of researching how to apply for dual citizenship, we offer a free phone consultation to discuss your Italian ancestry and provide you with the best options available to you to apply for Italian dual citizenship. When you work with us, you will be assigned a specialist to keep you informed of each step of the process and advise you of the Italian passport requirements once you are recognized as an Italian citizen. If you do not qualify for Italian citizenship but also have Irish ancestry, you may qualify for Irish dual citizenship.

Benefits of Dual Italian/American Citizenship

Once you’re a dual citizen, you’ll be afforded a number of Italian citizenship benefits. You’ll be able to live and work in Italy or any of the other 28 countries in the European Union (EU). Travel is also a huge benefit: You won’t have to get a visa to travel throughout the EU. Dual citizenship can also hold great employment opportunities because employers know they’ll be able to send dual-citizen employees around the world with ease. Education can be another big benefit: Italy’s universities are much more affordable than American colleges. Others want Italian citizenship so they can reconnect with their heritage, pass citizenship on to their children, or have an easier time buying property in Italy. These are just a few of the reasons so many people are interested in Italy dual citizenship.

Process of applying for dual citizenship through Italian consulate

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I Qualify for Italian Dual Citizenship?

Italian/American dual citizenship requirements include five basic guidelines:

  • You’re descended from someone who was alive in Italy after March 17, 1861.
  • The ancestor did not naturalize in another country before June 14, 1912.
  • The ancestor did not naturalize before the birth of descendants interested in how to get Italian citizenship.
  • If the direct-line Italian ancestor is a woman born before January 1, 1948, citizenship can only be claimed from her father’s line.
  • No one in the family renounced their Italian citizenship.

You may also qualify if you are a non-Italian who married an Italian citizen.

You will need your parents’ birth certificates as well as a permanent resident card and Italian passport or a certificate of naturalization for your grandparent. You may also need death certificates or marriage certificates for members of your family.

The application fee is €330 (EUR) which is non-refundable. You will also need to cover the cost of getting copies of the necessary documents, having them authenticated and translated. When the process is finished, you will also need to pay €120 (EUR) for your Italian passport. Our assistance will be quoted with one set price. Contact us and we’ll be happy to provide a zero-obligation free quote based on your specific needs.

For citizenship by descent – Once all of the documents have been corrected and your documents have been submitted, processing times can take from 3-9 months in some Italian municipalities and between 9-24 months outside of Italy at an Italian Consulate.

For citizenship through marriage – Once the application and documents have been submitted, the Italian government has up to 3 years to provide an answer.

You can get dual citizenship in USA and Italy if you can prove you have Italian ancestry with a demonstrable unbroken line of citizenship. Since 1992, Italy has allowed dual citizenship with the United States, and you will not need to renounce your American citizenship during the process of applying. Italian citizenship is granted as a “birth right” through a familial line. Therefore, through the legal principle of jure sanguinis, you are a citizen at birth if one or both of your parents had Italian citizenship at that time. A great first step toward getting dual citizenship in Italy is to call us for Italian citizenship assistance. We can get to know your specific case and answer any questions you have.

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