Dual Citizenship Preparations
Prior to leaving on our world travel adventures, we spent a lot of time and money gathering documents to apply for dual citizenship in Italy.
Over twenty documents, from two countries, three U.S. states, multiple counties, and the federal government. Things like birth certificates, death certificates, marriage certificates, name changes, divorce decrees, naturalization documents, and so on. It took months.
Once we obtained these documents, they each needed a special authentication seal called an apostille, which makes them usable in foreign countries. We sent everything off to get apostilles from their respective secretaries of state for the state in which they were issued.
We finally had everything in our hot little hands.
Once everything was together I carried it all in a waterproof folder for a year in my backpack, while we bounced around Europe. Only a wee bit stressful.
When we finally landed in Italy, the all-important appointment day arrived when we were to take all of our precious documents to the Italian comune — the administrative office for the district where we live. It was the moment where the lady in charge would say either, “Yes, you may have a file created here” or “No, try again because your documents aren’t up to snuff.”
She’s the very important clerk.
She’d be the one processing our paperwork so I made sure to make la bella figura (a good first impression).
Meaning, I wore makeup. And I brought my kid. Italians love kids.
Well, she seemed to give us a nod of approval, so I figured that meant I officially applied.