I have officially been recognized as an Italian!

It has been a long and crazy process. I made my first call to the consulate in June 2011 to make the appointment to become recognized as an Italian citizen. Since then it has been a struggle getting paperwork, waiting patiently, and trying to reach out to the right people. I am happy to announce however that I’m now officially recognized as an Italian citizen.

This won’t change our plans right now though. We’re still in Seattle and we plan to stay here for awhile. Initially we had planned on moving to Bologna, Italy but the process took many more years than we expected. We had no idea when this process was going to finish and we couldn’t wait around to settle. It does mean we have the freedom to live in Europe whenever we choose to. I imagine in a few years we’ll travel and live all around Europe.

A special thank you to my family for supporting and helping me through this process. This wouldn’t have been possible without the collaboration of everyone coming together to find hard to get paperwork from the US and Argentina.

I am also extremely grateful for a wonderful grandmother that is alive and well in my life right now. She was born in Italy and made all of this possible.

To catchup on my journey, read the following articles:

I guess I better start learning Italian…

12 Comments

  1. Nikki on October 14, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Congratulations!

  2. Silvio on October 15, 2014 at 6:33 am

    Hello, my name is Silvio, i read your posts every morning, i live in Canada now but i’m Italian, born and raised there until my 24th birthday (now i’m 35),if you want any info or help, let me know, bye. [email protected]

  3. JL Pastor on October 15, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Felicitaciones Mike!

  4. StefanLoble on October 15, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Hey Michael, Congrats. Citizenship is a big deal. I always feel my own citizenship the most when reentering our border like “wow, they’ll actually take me back.” Good for you. I venture that your next trip to Italy will be an intense experience, whenever it happens.

  5. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer on October 17, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Congratulations! 😀

  6. Kate Jordan on November 3, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Congratulations!

  7. itsgoa123 on November 19, 2014 at 2:33 am

    Congratulations! Best of luck for ur next trip………itsgoa.com

  8. Erin on April 26, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Congratulations!!! I am currently working on my own dual Italian citizenship and so I realize what an accomplishment it is to see it through. I am gathering documents and it is a time consuming process! I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind me asking–how long did it take for you take be recognized officially as a citizen after you applied? I know I have a different consulate but I’m just curious. Thanks and again, congrats! I’m eager to see where your citizenship will take you!

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  10. Ruby Eddings on December 28, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Well that makes sense

  11. Levia on January 3, 2018 at 7:30 am

    Italy is one of my favorite places. The most BEAUTIFUL <3

  12. Rayn on January 4, 2018 at 3:36 am

    great post LOL

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