Final step, part II

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November 7, 2015 by JL Walker

And you thought the final step was really the last one, didn’t you? Actually, there’s a second part to the final step, just to make things more interesting for everyone involved. So, roll up your bureaucracy sleeves, and let’s get to it!

3 months after you click the submit button on your online citizenship application, you will receive a mysterious email from the application system. It will say only that you have an important communication in the online portal where you submitted the application. Don’t panic! Simply log in, click through to the communications section and read what’s waiting for you: a request to send the originals of some of your documents within and absolutely no later than 30 days after receiving this email — or else! Or else what? Or else your whole application will be null and void! Ok, maybe start panicking just a teeny-tiny bit.

All you have to do is go home, get the specified docs together and put them in an envelope with your file number written on the outside. You can then either mail them through registered mail or take them directly to the Milan Prefecture office. You decide to take an hour off work to deliver them in person. It’s quicker and that way you know exactly where the envelope is at all times.

Documents to submit:

  • Signed application summary
  • Photocopy of your Italian ID card
  • Original receipt of €200 payment
  • Original copies and translations of criminal background checks

Go to the Prefettura (in Milan it’s on Corso Monforte) and tell the police officer at the reception the reason for your visit. If it’s before the official opening hours, he’ll tell you to wait outside and come back after the office has opened. Wait the allotted time and try again. You will be sent to the last door on the right, which is the Prefettura Ufficio Posta.

After the nice man working behind the counter waves you forward, explain your case and show him all the documents. You will need to sign the last page of the 10-page application summary and write your protocol number on the first page. The man behind the counter will staple your docs together, then stamp the date on the front page. He will photocopy that page and give it to you as a receipt.

fireworksIIAfter thanking him, ask the man behind the counter if you should simply wait to receive further communications. He will look you in the eye as if to say, “Yes, young lady, you will need to wait. And wait. Don’t call us, we’ll call you.” Then he’ll say that all communications will be sent online.

Congratulations! You’re finished with the second part of your final step! You will soon achieve your goal of dual citizenship!

Date completed: November 4, 2015

Protip
Print the communication telling you to submit originals of your documents within 30 days. The man at the prefettura might ask for it (even though it’s not mandatory).

What’s next?
Your online communication tells you that the Prefecture has 730 days (2 years) from the date your application was submitted to respond to your query. After that deadline, you can solicit info about your application. And, at a certain point, your Italian city of residence will contact you to request a copy of your birth certificate so that you can complete the citizenship oath.

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3 thoughts on “Final step, part II

  1. Since you seem to know EVERYTHING about this, and I know virtually NOTHING about all this, can you answer me this question: at the US Consulate I once saw this very threatening message saying that if you got citizenship in another country you risked losing your US citizenship. Is this true? Or just a threat to keep you from denouncing your citizenship so that you will always be liable to the IRS?

    • Oops sorry. Have to add this so that I can check the °notify me of new comments via email° box. I don’t want to miss the answer to my question. Take care and congrats!!

    • JL Walker says:

      As far as I know, you can definitely keep dual citizenship, and of course denounce your US citizenship if you want to (and I’ve heard of wealthy people doing this for tax purposes). The only negative about having dual citizenship is that if there’s some sort of emergency in the country where you have citizenship, the US Embassy will not help you out. I currently feel safe in Italy and consider it my home, so this is a risk I’m willing to take. Of course, I’m not an official expert, so please feel free to get a “second opinion” 🙂

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