For every descendant of Italian who wishes to take advantage of their right to obtain citizenship recognition, there are two administrative routes: going to a consulate closer to their residence or coming to Italy. Is it worth it to have citizenship recognition directly in Italy? Here at Travel to Calabria you make the trip of your dreams!!! Are you staying in Calabria? LOOKING FOR A HOTEL IN CALABRIA? Check our suggestions! Click here!
1) Process time agility
We know how time-consuming some bureaucratic services are. The recognition of citizenship is one of them. Required documentation, translations, comings and goings of documents, etc. Consulates provide services in Brazil, or in other countries in the Americas. However, the lines for recognition are long. There are thousands of people in Brazil waiting for the results of their processes. With this, we proved that carrying out the process directly in Italy is very advantageous, compared to the time it takes for the consular routes. Read also: eight Steps To Start Your Family Tree
The first advantage of all is time:
- Here in Italy, it takes three to six months to complete the process. In our experience here in Southern Italy, the time can be even shorter: three to four months.
- In Brazil, for example, through the consular route, the time taken for a process to recognize Italian citizenship takes 10 or more years! Directly in Italy this time is reduced to months! See all the posts about Calabria!
Types of “queue”:
In a survey carried out in Brazil, on the status of “citizenship queues” in Italian consular constituencies, it was found that there are two types of “queue”;
- TRADITIONAL LINES – Five consulates have so-called “traditional lines”. In this modality, the citizen interested in the recognition of citizenship sends a written application to the consulate, by post or by e-mail, and is placed on a waiting list.
- The “CITIZENSHIP LOTTERY” – The General Consulate in Rio de Janeiro and the Consulate in Belo Horizonte adopt the “citizenship lottery” system; is a system through which the consulate makes available, on an online platform, a limited number of places per week.
Undoubtedly, the agility in the process is the biggest advantage of making the recognition in Italy. Understanding the importance of having European citizenship, the benefits that are included, the pleasure of having a recognized right, time is a very important factor. The sooner the better! Read also: Who Has The Right To Italian Citizenship?
2) Active participation in the process
During the time that you will be in Italian territory to carry out the entire process, you will be enjoying benefits that would not be possible in Brazil through the consular route.
Presenting yourself at the offices helps you to interact and understand how legal procedures work. Meeting the officers who will be responsible for the progress of your process. You recognize step-by-step what you are doing and understand the importance of each documentation, such as:
- Your Italian Taxpayer Registration (Codice Fiscale);
- You understand what residence is for, why it is important;
- Translations of certificates, which are done by certified translators.
You meet people who want to know your history and who want to recognize citizenship for your history, for the history of your ancestor. That’s another benefit: getting to know your own history, your ancestor’s history, where they came from, and visit the city where they lived, if you have that possibility.
Oral history and ancestry always go hand in hand…
Oral history and ancestry always go hand in hand, so it is very important to hear stories from relatives and older people. It is important for the construction and strengthening of our identities, for the understanding of our origins and also the history of the past. And so, we can enrich ourselves as individuals, empowered by their culture and their roots. Transferring this knowledge to future generations, just as Italian citizenship is passed from generation to generation.
The family history rescue
Many people who do the work of family history rescue gain strength during difficult times as they learn about how their ancestors overcame their own challenges. This rescue can also strengthen the bonds that unite generations.
In our experience, we have already witnessed incredible encounters and discoveries, even the identification of the house where the ancestor lived. It was a very emotional moment. Witnessing the importance of ancestry, family, consanguinity, after all, the family is our beginning and our end: it is where we can always return! This is an emotion that only coming to Italy will you be able to experience.
3) Cultural baggage
Leaving your country to travel, for a short period, is already extremely enriching! Much more when you stay for a few months in another country! Three to six months, which is the maximum time to resolve the citizenship process directly in Italy, is the time you have to immerse yourself in a lot of knowledge and culture! Read also: what are the ten places must see in Calabria?
The knowledge of both the language and the Italian culture
In this time of three to four months, you will be acquiring a lot of knowledge of both the language and the Italian culture as a whole. Even if you don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to the study of the language, your daily needs will give you the possibility to learn and understand how Italian culture works, the functioning of bureaucratic services, and a deeper understanding of the culture of your ancestors.
Opportunity to get to know Italy
You can take advantage of the time you will be checking in and waiting for the outcome of the process to get to know beautiful places and the cultural characteristics of each place. Visiting Italy is the dream of many people. Here you can discover medieval villages still intact! According to UNESCO, more than half of all historical and artistic heritage of humanity is in Italy. You still have the possibility to visit several archaeological sites and here there are more than 3 thousand museums!
Visiting big and small towns, museums and wineries, city and countryside. Learning about Italian cuisine, the region’s religious traditions, habits and customs. Finally, doing cultural or ecological tourism and improving the Italian language. These are the possibilities for those who come to Italy to carry out the citizenship recognition process.
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Is it worth it to have citizenship recognition directly in Italy? Carrying out citizenship process directly in Italy is not just acquiring an Italian passport and all the diplomatic advantages, but having the feeling of having been reborn, of having acquired a new identity and returning to the country of origin, leaving here a new house created during this period who were in Italy.
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