Okay, now that you are all caught up I can announce the good news…
I am officially an Italian citizen!!!
That’s right, after a year of filling out forms, waiting for documents, filling out more forms and even more waiting, I can say most proudly and happily that the wait is finally over…the citizenship has been processed and I now have my Italian citizenship.
I had called the consulate a week ago to check on the status of my citizenship and was told that they couldn’t give me that information over the phone and I had to go in person to find out. They suggested that if I wanted to get my Italian passport (which I did) that I could do that when I came in. So this past Friday I got up early and made my way downtown to the Italian consulate.
Words will never do justice to the feelings I felt when the woman behind the counter said, “You are Italian”. At that moment, all the repetitive annoying forms and all the waiting just didn’t seem to matter anymore. I finally had it; it was all worth it!
I thanked her many times over as though she was the one responsible for making it all happen.I know so many people have had nightmares dealing with their respective consulates but for me it has been the most amazing experience.I know I can thank my dad for making this so smooth for me, I really do believe he has helped me on this journey.The woman behind the counter was extremely helpful after I told her that my intention for all of this was to eventually move to Italy.She handed me a blank piece of paper and a pencil and began listing off things to look into and places to contact for more information.I scribbled down as quickly as I could, trying to process everything.As the end of the page drew near she told me to begin with these things before anything else, or it will all become too overwhelming.I had to pinch myself.I’ve heard stories of people pulling teeth to get information and here this woman was sitting across from me filling me with knowledge and advice.Was this really happening?I have been so extremely blessed with all of this and I don’t for a second take it for granted.
So, what’s next? Well, I have applied for my passport and will be making the trek back into the city to pick it up in a couple weeks. I have also applied for my codice fiscale, which takes a bit longer to get. So, now I have to continue chipping away at and putting into motion the master plan to make the move to Italy. It’s incredibly exciting and equally scary but with a will and a dream I hope to make it happen!
I guess it’s time to hit the books even more and work on my Italian language skills!
Are you getting your dual citizenship? What’s your story?