The final stretch on the road to dual citizenship…

Last Wednesday I made my way to the Italian Consulate in Toronto. My application form was filled out, documentation was photocopied (twice) and I was 99.9% positive I had everything completed fully and correctly. I have been hearing stories from so many people who have spent countless hours at their respective consulate only to be told they had to come back another day with this or that information. I was fully ready to have one of those moments; only I didn’t. Aside from waiting almost an hour to meet with someone, the rest of the process was pretty painless. So, in about two months I should finally be an Italian citizen. The only snag that I may come across is with the comune (city hall) in Carpanzano. Some city halls don’t like to accept photocopies of documentation but I’m going to stay positive and hope that it won’t be the case for me. The comune of Carpanzano is very small and I am familiar with most of the people that work there not to mention they all knew my father as well. The woman at the Italian Consulate in Toronto told me to call the consulate in a couple months to find out what the status of my application is (if I haven’t already heard back by that point). From there they will let me know if I can begin my application for my Italian passport. The only other thing I will need is my codice fiscale, which if I understood correctly, I can get through the consulate in Toronto as well.

It would appear as though I’m in the final stretch. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that things continue to go smoothly.

7 thoughts on “The final stretch on the road to dual citizenship…

  1. Hi Lulu,

    You do not need a codice fiscale to get an Italian passport.

    You only need that if you live here so that you can access the doctors, get a job etc… I got my passport in Australia and then did not get my residency and codice fiscale sorted until early this year. I had been living in Italy for 2 years without either of these, and just getting by with the passport since I had no fixed address and work for a British Company.

    Once you have the passport then you can come over here and sort out the codice fiscale etc… Once you have the passport the rest is so easy.

    Who told you to get a codice fiscale in Canada? For what purpose will this serve?

    Exciting though! Finger crossed for you.

    Hey Leanne, I know that I don’t need my codice fiscale to get my passport. I want to get it here because I have every intention of moving to Italy and therefore will need it at some point so I would rather get it done and out of the way here (if I can) as opposed to waiting until I’m in Italy. It can be one less thing I’ll need to worry about🙂 Why do later what you can do now?!😛

  2. You need your codice fiscale for a lot of things in Italy but you shouldn’t need it for a passport. If you take out a contract in electricity, buy medication at the pharmacy, open bank accounts etc. they’ll ask you for it.
    Good luck with the photocopies- maybe if they are certified as true copies they may be more acceptable. but as you say, its also a matter of who you know!

  3. Really don’t worry too much about the Codice Fiscale too much. If it’s easy then yes get in now, but it was so easy for me to get it here. You may even go where I went. Bel ragazzo took me to some office in Rogliano and then we went to some other office somewhere (maybe it too was in Rogliano) and that was that. They gave me the number on a card and within the month had posted me the card.
    You’ll need residency and your identity card before you can register with a doctor or anything like that. Make sure you bring your birth certificate with you. I forgot and the comune needed it so I can vote and get married.

  4. Hello I’m on the path to applying for dual citezenship. Being Italian born raised in Canada. Am interested how you made out with your duality. Please let me know

  5. I am working on mine and I am from Sudbury. the person here gave me all that I needed and some were copies. I hope this doesnt cause any fuss. I would like to know since you did it in Toronto is there a fee? and how much? because I havent had any luck talking to anyone and I am mailing it from sudbury . Thank you for any info

  6. Hi Steve,
    Sending copies shouldn’t be a problem, I don’t remember ever leaving original copies of important documents – they were always copies. In terms of the actual citizenship process there were no fees that I paid (my only expenses were obtaining the Canadian documents I needed in long form to be included in the application). However, if you are asking for a passport then there is a fee which I know has changed since last year. It costs about $160 CDN which is the consulate fee + the actual passport. This page from the Italian Consulate of Toronto should give you the information you need ~ http://bit.ly/1O9HiRX and it’s in English. Hope this helps, keep me posted on how things progress!🙂

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