Pros and Cons of dual citizenship in the US and Italy

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Many Italians consider acquiring dual citizenship a great advantage, especially if your second citizenship will be acquired in the United States. If you are from Italy and wish to naturalize in the United States, then you will open new job opportunities, let alone you will get all social security benefits in the US. You should still know several specificities about becoming a citizen in another country.

Before 1992, Italy did not allow dual citizenship. Since then the Italian government has changed the laws several times so now both the US and Italy do not force you to abandon your original or second nationality. After you acquire US citizenship, you will be able to travel in the European Union countries with your Italian passport, and you will not need a visa to come to the United States. Italy also does not require you to inform the government that you obtained a second citizenship.

Your only true concerns about obtaining dual citizenship in Italy and the US may be related to taxation and compulsory military service in Italy.

Will both US and Italian governments charge you when you earn money abroad? The answer is that only the United States want you to pay taxes no matter where you live. Because Italy frees you from paying taxes when living in another country, you are getting a great reason to move to the US and live there for a long time.

You may have to serve in the Italian armed forces. Because of that, you may become subject for automatic loss of American citizenship. The reason why you may lose your already attained US citizenship is due to American laws: a naturalized citizen cannot serve as officer in another state. For other reasons that lead to canceling your US citizenship, you can read in this article. Other than that, getting dual citizenship in the United States proves giving you more benefits than problems.

How do you become a US citizen? You need to check if you are eligible for US citizenship and after that you can apply for a naturalization certificate.

 

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