On dual citizenship


July 1, 2012 by JL Walker

Hot air balloon over river and Italian countrysideStill no official fingerprints
Options 1 and 2 of where to get fingerprints registered have turned out to be a bust. I called the Prefecture, who assured me that they can’t really help me, and I’ve also gotten some more info about the US Consulate: A friend of a friend who works at the Consulate in Milano says they don’t provide this kind of service.

I’ve recently discovered a website from the US Department of State with lots of info for Americans travelling overseas. There’s a page dedicated to criminal background checks, which specifically states that the Consulate will not record fingerprints for US citizens.

Another part of this website is on dual citizenship. One paragraph in particular stood out:

The U.S. Government recognizes that dual nationality exists but does not encourage it as a matter of policy because of the problems it may cause. Claims of other countries on dual national U.S. citizens may conflict with U.S. law, and dual nationality may limit U.S. Government efforts to assist citizens abroad. The country where a dual national is located generally has a stronger claim to that person’s allegiance.

So this is what my country believes about dual citizenship? It seems a bit extreme. I’m sure there are lots of US citizens with dual nationality, though after a quick internet search, it looks like there are no official records about this. I suppose this attitude make sense because the US wants loyal citizens in the event of an emergency or conflict. This is an important issue to think about, because the US Government is basically saying that they won’t be able to help out if something happens in the country where the second nationality is held. But, as I wrote earlier, I’ve already evaluated the positive aspects of dual citizenship and they do outweigh this potentially negative aspect.

So, my next step is to try out the Italian police station, the questura, to see if they can put their official seal on my fingerprints to attest that they are indeed mine. I just need to find a morning where I have some time to waste, waiting in line. I’ll keep you updated.


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Date to submit applicationSeptember 10th, 2015
Time to submit my application for dual citizenship!
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