ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP BENEFITS
TOP 10 BENEFITS OF ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP
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.
What are the benefits of Italian citizenship?
1. Travel Benefits
One of the most significant benefits of Italian dual citizenship is the ability to travel, work and live in ANY of the 28 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, Sweden and the United Kingdom).
No more Visas! You no longer need to be concerned with getting a visa and 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 comes with time limitations. In addition, EU citizens are often presented with many professional 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.
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 that makes up the EU 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.
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.
When you’re an Italian citizen, you can enroll in any EU university as if you were a national. There are more than 1,300 higher-education learning programs with affordable tuition rates or no fees.
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 so many see it as the gift that continues to give.
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 people have little to no insurance coverage. However, as a dual citizen in Italy, you can apply for your Tessera Sanitaria to receive Italian healthcare. 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.
You can also apply to receive a European Health Insurance Card free of charge, which allows you the right to seek healthcare services when you need it. If you’re temporarily staying in another country, the State will recognize the Italian insurance and the costs are the same (sometimes free) as if you were insured for that particular country.
7. Property Purchasing Benefits
When you have Italian dual citizenship, you can purchase and rent property in the country with far less difficulty.
There is little to no bureaucracy in becoming a homeowner in Italy and its much more complex to purchase property in Italy when you’re overseas. However, if you have Italian citizenship, the buying process will be much smoother as it reduces the amount of red tape involved.
8. Voting Benefits
The Italian Constitution gives dual 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 Circoscriozione Estero ballot. If you live in the country, you can vote for candidates in your Italian city.
9. Automatic Italian Citizenship To Children Under 18 Years of Age
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 have that citizenship. This citizenship gives them all the benefits you are now permitted to enjoy – education, career, travel, healthcare, etc.
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.
This page was last updated by Marco Permunian