When you are a dual citizen of your home country and Italy, you can take advantage of all the benefits a natural-born Italian citizen is afforded in both countries and can use every benefit offered to them. The cost of obtaining dual citizenship can vary slightly as it is dependent on each persons specific needs and family history. You will quickly realize the benefits of obtaining Italian dual citizenship can far outweigh the costs. Furthermore, once you successfully obtain Italian citizenship you can hold it forever and pass it down from generation to generation automatically so all of your future generations have the opportunity to take advantage of the following benefits.

What are the benefits of Italian citizenship?

1. Travel Benefits

One of the most significant benefits of Italian dual citizenship is the ability to travelwork and live in ANY of the 27 EU countries (Including: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Sweden).

No more visas when traveling to or through the EU! You can live in Italy or any other EU countries for however long you’d like. You can freely work when and where you want without the need to apply for a Work Visa that normally comes with time limitations. In addition, EU citizens are often prioritized above many professional and educational opportunities before non-citizens which means you can increase your chance for a job anywhere in the EU.

Since 2008, the majority of EU became members of the Schengen Agreement, which permits free travel in the nation as well as other benefits. People with dual citizenship feel safer when traveling overseas and do not face strict restrictions and can take advantage of the protections of the Consular and diplomats of member states as if they were a national of the state.

Travel benefits of having Italian dual citizenship

2. Employment Benefits

Employers know how advantageous it is for them to hire people who hold dual citizenship. For example, international companies with offices throughout the world can send dual citizens to and from the country without the need of applying and paying for a Work Visa. The benefits of Italian citizenship combined with USA citizenship opens a lot of doors for you in your career as there are more jobs in Italy for dual citizens.

Entrepreneurs with dual citizenship can more easily start a business, as they have a shared currency and one economic zone within the EEC without the restrictions imposed on non-EU citizens.

Investors with an Italian passport can buy foreign securities such as unit trusts, real estate, Eurobonds and investment funds without any restrictions.

Employment benefits of having Italian dual citizenship

3. Educational Benefits

Italy’s education system is very affordable, and being a citizen of the country means you and your children can study in Italy, paying the EU tuition rates which are far more affordable than universities in the United States.

The USA is well known for very high tuition costs which often result in long-term student loan debt after graduating. Alternatively, college tuition in many European countries is completely free or nationals and students of the EU.

When you’re an Italian citizen, you can enroll in any EU university as any other Italian national would. There are more than 1,300 higher-education learning programs with affordable tuition rates or no fees.

Educational benfits of Italian dual citizenship

4. Hereditary Benefits

One of the biggest reasons people choose to become an Italian citizen is the benefits for their children.

You are able to pass Italian citizenship on to your children in an unbroken line. Many people see it as the gift that continues to give.

Hereditary benefits of Italian citizenship passing it on to your children

5. Protection Benefits

Those with dual citizenship feel much more secure when traveling abroad. When you travel overseas, you can ask for help and guidance from two consulates since you’ll be the citizen of both countries. If you are traveling in a region that does not have Italian government representation, those that hold an EU passport are allowed access to any embassy of European Union member states which can provide assistance for you. You also have the ability to travel to areas where Americans are not generally welcomed as you have an Italian passport.

While holding EU citizenship, and traveling within any country in the EU, you are guaranteed protection by The European Convention on Human Rights. The European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) is a set of laws and guidelines which protects the human rights of people in countries that belong to the Council of Europe. All member states of the European Union strictly enforce the Universal Declaration of Human Rights designed to protect EU citizens within the boarders. Furthermore, you are protected by privacy rights as drafted by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on May 25, 2018 and is designed to protect the personal information of individuals.

6. Healthcare Benefits

USA healthcare is extremely expensive, which is why many Americans have little to no insurance coverage. However, as a dual citizen, if you choose to reside in Italy, you can apply for your Tessera Sanitaria (Italian National Healthcare Card) to receive healthcare in Italy and the EU (European Union). Italy’s healthcare system is one of the best and most affordable in the world. Affordable quality healthcare is one of the most significant Italian citizenship benefits that will be available to you.

The Italian national healthcare card also allows you the right to seek emergency healthcare services while in Europe if you are temporarily staying in another EU member state. The Italian insurance will allow you easier access in other countries and the costs are the same (sometimes free) as if you were insured in that particular country.

Italian and European Healthcare benefits of having dual citizenship

7. Property Purchasing Benefits

Italian citizens can take advantage of many benefits, bonuses or participate in a number of special tax schemes when purchasing a home in Italy. Whether it’s partial funding of the purchase of the home to having eco friendly improvements covered or tax breaks, there are seemingly limitless programs that you can find in Italy.

Property purchasing benefits in Italy or the European Union

8. Voting Benefits

The Italian Constitution gives all Italian citizens the opportunity to vote even if they don’t live in the country. You’ll be allowed to cast your vote for representatives in the Senate of the Republic and Chamber of Deputies for candidates on the Circoscrizione Estero ballot. If you live in the country, you can vote for candidates in your Italian city.

Voting benefits of Italian citizenship

9. Automatic Italian Citizenship To Children Under 18 Years of Age & Future Generations

If your application for Italian citizenship is approved, any child under the age of 18 you have is automatically granted citizenship. You do not have to fill out another application for them to obtain that citizenship. You will only need to register their birth with Italy. This citizenship gives them all the benefits you are now permitted to enjoy – education, career, travel, healthcare, etc. Perhaps most importantly, obtaining Italian citizenship restores your families heritage for all future generations. Meaning, if we help you obtain Italian citizenship and then in the future you have a child or grandchild, they will automatically be born with Italian citizenship. You will not have to go through the process again.

10. Reconnect With Your Italian Heritage

A reason many Italian people left the country was to provide their children with a better life. While your parents, grandparents or great-grandparents left, it doesn’t mean they don’t love Italy and have strong ties to their Italian heritage. They still took with them their traditions and cultural beliefs. These were passed down from generation to generation.

When you become an Italian citizen, you close the circle and restore your ties to your heritage & ancestors. You can experience the great things they had – relish in their history and see for your own eyes what life may have been like for them. Your own children’s origins will be available for them to experience.

If you have any questions regarding applying for Italian dual citizenship, contact our IDC Team to discuss the details of your case at (213) 277-8705.

This page was last updated with the help of Marco Permunian

Heritage benefits of dual citizenship from your Italian ancestors

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