Round two


January 7, 2015 by JL Walker

Street addressSecond time ’round,
Same as the first,
A little more hometown,
And — I hope — a little less worse!

Anyone who has followed along on my blog might remember that I started playing this game awhile ago, way back in the summer of 2012. After many months (ok, over a year) of wading through Italian and US bureaucracy, Milan’s prefettura website finally published information on their website stating very clearly that most documents required for the citizenship application are valid for only 6 months. So game over, back to the drawing board.

Now I’m back, ready to tackle the various steps required to apply for Italian citizenship, but without paying extravagant legal fees for an attorney to do the legwork for me.

The most important thing I learned during my first try (other than the whole 6-month validity thing) was that I should physically be in the US to request my criminal records. This will shorten mailing times (sending docs and certifications within the US is much faster than sending them between continents) and will avoid the whole crazy fingerprinting process in Italy. Since I’m planning a trip to the US sometime in 2015, it’s time to start planning my new attempt at achieving dual citizenship!

Wish me luck… I’ll need as much as I can get!


5 thoughts on “Round two

  1. Star Meyer says:

    Hi, JL, I’m an ex-pat in Milan, too, and am looking up web sites in English about the city for the (marvelous “time capsule”) museum where I work: the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum, via Gesù 5, Tues-Sun, 1PM-5:45 PM., I’d like to send you more info about our museum, and even meet up with you to show you around, if you’re interested–I’m in on Tuesday afternoons. I don’t want to take up any more of your precious time, so I hope I hear from you. Thanks! Star, P.S., sorry for contacting you in a post, but I couldn’t find an e-mail. Thanks for your understanding!

  2. Leslie says:

    Hi JL, you don’t need to be in the States to request your criminal records. I’ve gone through the process and have citizenship. You can get finger printed at the questura in via Fatebenefratelli. If I recall correctly, I downloaded the form from the site ( and then went to the questura. There they will take your prints and then seal them in an envelope. You need to send that envelope to the FBI. The instructions are in the link above. Regarding the overall process, one thing I did learn is that you do need to periodically check in with the prefettura and provide any updates like past CUDs especially if the process drags on….

    • JL Walker says:

      Thanks for the info, especially about checking in with the prefettura. Right now, I’m just worried about getting everything done within 6 months, seems almost impossible! I’ve actually gotten fingerprinted for criminal records in Italy but then I missed the deadline. So working from the States seemed faster. We’ll see…

    • Kathy says:

      Hi Leslie, you mention providing past CUDs. I am guessing that you applied for citizenship through residency. Congratulations! How long does it take to get citizenship through residency after the initial 10 year legal residency period required for non-EU citizens?

    • JL Walker says:

      Hi Kathy, I think the time is the same for applying through both residency and marriage, and I know that it takes at least 2 years after submitting the application through marriage before receiving citizenship. Maybe Leslie has more info on the residency application. In any case, good luck!

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