Right now at this very moment, there are millions of Italian Americans in the United States who are eligible for Italian dual citizenship. Because the United States allows dual citizenship with Italy, these people may be able to obtain an Italian passport while maintaining American citizenship.
Obtaining an Italian passport is a beautiful and sentimental way to honor your ancestors, but did you know that it's also chock full of tangible, real benefits? Here are 8 reasons why obtaining Italian dual citizenship is more beneficial than you think.
1. It's easier to travel
Once you become an Italian citizen, you are entitled to freedom of movement throughout the European Union just like any other EU citizen. With 172 countries marked on it as Visa Free Access, the Italian Passport is one of the most privileged among the 195 sovereign states of the world.
2. It's easier to find work
As the holder of an EU passport, your employment network gets a whole lot bigger. You no longer are restricted to employment in the US and, for the intrepid world citizen, you can follow a new adventure and seek employment abroad. European employers or employers sending their workers to Europe for extended periods of time will see your Italian citizenship as an asset. Your passports mean less bureaucratic hassle for them and will be a point in your favor. Job seekers with dual citizenship will no longer suffer from single citizenship liability, and can be placed in the same running as local candidates.
For entrepreneurs, having Italian citizenship means that going into business within the European Union is also significantly easier than it is for Americans with single citizenship.
3. It's cheaper to go to school
With the skyrocketing costs of American higher education, (the average 2016 college grad in the U.S. is now over $30,000 dollars in debt) dual Italian citizens are able to avail themselves of more affordable options. Not only are holders of Italian passports entitled to study in Italy at local rates (ranging from less than 1,000 euros a year to 5,000 for Italy's more expensive private school options), they are also entitled to study in countries like the Netherlands, Germany, France, Sweden, Ireland and Norway, countries with extremely affordable or free education.
What's more, the number of English-language degrees in Europe grows every year. For the student with a bit of initiative, there are a range of options to choose from, enabling him or her the once in a lifetime experience of studying in Europe and leaving school with very little debt.
4. It affords dual benefits
If you are a citizen of both countries, it stands to reason that you enjoy all the benefits of both countries. You can vote in both countries' local and national elections, may qualify for a pension in both countries (depending on where you worked), are protected by both countries abroad, and can leverage tax shelters and benefits.
5. It means more affordable healthcare
For the uninsured or underinsured, healthcare in the U.S. can be expensive. As an Italian citizen, you are entitled to apply for your tessera sanitaria to receive Italian healthcare which is world class and much more affordable when compared to healthcare in the States.
6. It's hereditary
Since any child born to at least one Italian citizen parent is entitled to Italian citizenship (this concept is known legally as jure sanguinis citizenship), it will be passed on from generation to generation. Italian citizenship is hereditary and is a wonderful gift to bestow upon your children and grandchildren as an insurance policy for their future.
7. It's easier to rent and purchase property
As an Italian citizen, it is significantly easier for you to rent and purchase property throughout the European Union. Before they can rent local properties, non-Italian citizens must show that they have a regular permesso di soggiorno (permit to stay) in order to legally rent any property long term. Italian citizens are not subject to this burden, and can come and go to and from Italy as they please.
8. It means added protection
If you should ever get in trouble while abroad, you may be allowed to appeal to two embassies or consulates since you are a citizen of two countries. You can also travel to places that are inhospitable to Americans with your Italian passport.
Beyond the benefits named above, what does having Italian dual citizenship mean to you? Post your comments below.
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