I have been on a 20 year journey to explore as much of Italy’s beauty as possible. My life has been blessed with many opportunities to spend time experiencing Italy’s natural beauty while loving the weather, the food, the people, the architecture, the language, the art, and la vita – the life that is distinctly Italian in character. In addition to the most common reasons for travel in Italy — to study, to celebrate, to bond over a mother-daughter or brother-sister trip, I managed to make time for investigative trips to Sicily at my father’s behest. He assigned me the task of traveling to Partinico, Sicily, to find the place where his father was born and to obtain official birth certificates. This was in the late 80’s, before the advent of the internet and ancestry.com, when it made most sense to just go in person for these types of tasks. Only after my father’s passing did I learn, that in 1992, Italy had made it legal for dual citizenship with the US, and that not only did it seem that I was qualified, but I had already started accruing some of the official documents needed to start the process.
Over the past 10 years, I continued to piece together the documentation needed to apply for Italian citizenship. I have spent the past decade researching the pros and cons of having a dual citizenship with the United States of America and Italy. At this time, I have come to the conclusion that the only concern would be the possibility of being precluded from working in certain positions with high-level governmental security standards. At this stage in life, I am willing to take that chance. To be able to move seamlessly between two cultures, two cultures that I love, would be a dream come true and one that I am fully intent on exploring. This is a huge step for me, and one that has come with a great deal of planning and investment. I am going to share my experience here and invite you to come with me along the way.
I am no expert on this process, but I have certainly invested a great deal of time and would be willing to share what I have learned, as well as receive any information relevant to this process from anyone who shares my heart for this labor of love. The best is yet to come.
More to follow.