It’s not uncommon for footballers to travel to other European nations and, at times, it’s even common for them to come to the country of their birth.
However, with so many countries’ passports issued by a single agency, and with so few passport holders, how do you get one?
Luckily, the answer is simple.
First, you need to fill out a form to become a passport holder.
This is the only way to get one.
Next, you’ll need to apply for one.
For the rest, you can apply for the right to buy one.
Here are the requirements to get an Italian passport, according to Eurostat.
Have been a citizen of the country for a minimum of 6 months.
You must be aged at least 18 years and above.
Your fingerprints must match those of an adult living in the country.
You will not be allowed to travel without a valid Italian passport.
You can purchase an Italian Passport at a European Union passport office for €1,500 (€1,850 for citizens of the United Kingdom, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland and Liechtenstein).
If you do not have the money, you will be required to pay the equivalent of a €500 fee at the border.
The cost will be added to your next bank account.
The fees can be paid in advance through Visa, Mastercard or Debit Card.
You’ll also need to have the right passport number for your account.
If your application is approved, you should receive your passport within 2 months.
If not, you must wait until the next passport year.
You may need to wait up to 6 months before your new passport will arrive.
It’s best to purchase an old passport to get around this.
If possible, you may want to get your passport from a bank as it can take up to 5 years to arrive.
If there’s any doubt, check with your local police department.
If a problem arises, you are entitled to the same treatment as any other foreigner.
You are not allowed to hold a job or be employed in Italy until you are registered as a permanent resident.
You cannot be issued a passport for more than two years.
You have to pay €500 for a new passport at the EU border.
If an Italian citizen has an invalid Italian passport or an expired passport, you have to obtain a replacement one from a non-EU country before your application for a replacement passport can be approved.
You need to pay a €2,000 fee for the replacement passport.
If someone else gets a replacement Italian passport within a year of your application, you’re not allowed any further work in Italy.
It is illegal to have an Italian birth certificate.
You’re not permitted to have a passport with a photograph of your mother.