There are a lot of places in Italy worth moving to. One such place is Puglia.
You have come to the right place because that is what has been explained in the article. You may likely be searching for something like this because you find some places in Italy worth living and working in probably because of the weather or the food or for any reason.
Let’s look at a few reasons why moving to Puglia from the US is a good idea.
- The cost of living is very affordable in Puglia. Real estate is very affordable in most of the places.
- It is quite high in the list of expats wanting to live there.Therefore,you can find a lot of foreigners living there.
- The standard of living is quite high as the healthcare system is top notch. You would have the access to the best medical facilities and doctors.
- The beautiful beaches are mesmerizing.
- The people are very friendly to each other.
- The food is delicious and inexpensive.
- There are places which are more suitable for employment than others like Bari, a bustling seaport and Monopoli, a city on the Adriatic coast.
You can do a bit of research yourselfbefore moving to Puglia. Let’s move on to the citizenship discussion now. Shall we?
You would be excited to know that Italy does have provisions for dual citizenship. If you already are an Italian citizen, you are allowed to have multiple citizenships without any limit. It does not require you to renounce your existing citizenships as long as the country you are initially a citizen of does not require you to. The other cool perk with having Italian citizenship is that you become a European citizen after acquiring it which means that you are free to live and work anywhere in Europe.
If you want to learn more about this, please read this article about getting dual citizenship in Italy.
A few major ways by which you can acquire Italian citizenship is listed below:
Italy provides citizenship based on descent. The grant of citizenship because of descent through the paternal line though is more relaxed in that there is no limit on the number of generations. It was a bit complicated in the case of maternal descent as there was a rule that you couldn’t apply for an Italian citizenship if your maternal line goes back prior to 1948. This rule however was deemed discriminatory and was taken to court in 2009 (case no. 4466 of 25/02/2009)which led to the quashing of this rule.However, for acquiring citizenship by descent, you must have lived in Italy for at least 3 years.
If you are married to an Italian spouse and have lived in Italy for a duration of minimum 2 years, you are eligible to apply for an Italian citizenship. Not just that, if you are married to an Italian and have lived in a different country for at least 3 years, you are still eligible for it.
You can also apply for Italian citizenship if you have lived in the country for at least 10 years. In order to acquire citizenship by naturalization, you can apply for a residence permit card to start living there. Upon completion of 5 years, you are eligible to apply for permanent residence. You then have to live in the country as a permanent resident for another 5 years before you can apply for citizenship.
It is a little different when it comes to the US. If you are born outside the US, you still can get a US citizenship by a process called naturalization. You just have to apply for it. There is a fee associated with it which also includes a biometric fee. However, it was not always this simple. It was a cumbersome process back in the later half of the last century. You had to renounce your existing citizenship to apply for naturalization. Even after applying, you had to wait for that to come into effect. The wait wouldbe upwards of 5 years to say the least.