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Joseph Jorgensen carries both his Italian and his U.S. passport whenever he travels. He decides which one to use once he arrives at customs, based on "whichever line is shorter." (Photo by Mary Cuddehe)


Nick Iovacchini, left, who was born and raised in the United States, played baseball as an Italian citizen for the Italian national team in 2002. (Courtesy of Nick Iovacchini)

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With dual Italian citizenship, U.S. residents can freely work, retire, invest or get health care in any of the 27 member states of the European Union. Thousands are signing up to claim their second citizenship, despite the bureaucratic tangle involved.