I'm a first time poster so I am going to quickly introduce myself.
My name is Antonia and I have been in a long distance relationship for 3 years with an Italian. I am of Italian descent (my father and all my grandparents except for one were born there). I speak Italian and I have studied and worked in Florence (study) and Milan (internship).
Naturally after 3 years we have discussed marriage which has begun to make me nervous because I have a job here in New York City and I know how hard it is to find one in Italy. I'm nervous because my Italian is much better than his English so I'm scared that we will be going there. I love Italy but I am aware how hard it is to make a living there. However we are going to wait until the beginning of 2013 when he has finished school to decide if we will live in America or Italy. He will try to find work in America first since I am employed here.
Because I am now looking into this marriage thing and exploring all options I was wondering if you all know how long it takes after you get married to an Italian citizen to be able to work in the EU. I already looked into jure sanguis and I'm not eligible because my father was naturalized before my birth. He was born in Italy to Italian parents so I can't get it through my grandparents. My other grandfather was naturalized by the time my mother was born so I can't get it through him either.
Therefore, after you get married to an Italian citizen you would apply for a family visa correct? How long does that take to get? Does it take longer if you were married in America as opposed to Italy? Also..are you eligible for benefits under this visa until you get citizenship...like health insurance?
What I am hoping to do is get married in a civil ceremony and then get married in an Italian church for his family. I am hoping that we will both one day have duel citizenship in America and Italy. If this is possible.
Sorting through this is a bit overwhelming...any advice would be much appreciated.