Some people are born lucky enough to automatically have dual citizenship. This usually happens by having a parent who is from another country or by being born in a foreign country to a U.S. parent. If you were born in the U.S., have parents who were both born in the States, but have ex-pat wishes, getting dual citizenship is a different story. While some countries make gaining citizenship simple, you may have to do something in return.
However, the process may be worthwhile as there can be many benefits to having dual citizenship. You have access to two social service systems, can work in either country and attend school in either country at the citizen tuition rate. Some countries restrict land ownership to citizens only but as a legal citizen of two countries, you would be able to purchase property in either or both countries. Arguably, the biggest advantage of dual citizenship is the access to other countries that a passport allows.
If you’re thinking about gaining dual citizenship, you’ll enjoy these 5 countries that have the easiest process to do so.
Like Ireland, your ancestry may be your ticket to Italian citizenship. According to Italian Law 91, Italian citizenship is granted by bloodline. Therefore, if you are a descendant of an Italian citizen, then you are already an Italian citizen. However, it’s not as simple as that. There is a particular criterion that can seem a little random.
- The Italian ancestor must have been alive after March 17th, 1861, the date of Italy’s unification.
- The Italian ancestor must not have naturalized before July 1, 1912.
- The Italian ancestor must not have naturalized prior to the birth of his/her descendant.
Otherwise, you have to live in the country for at least 10 years. However, if you work for the Italian government in any capacity for at least five years, even if the work was in a different country, you can gain naturalization without any residency requirements.