Italy Visa Regulation Updates

September 19, 2017

 

Note: These processes are subject to change. Please visit the website of the particular consulate for information specific to that consulate.

General Updates

June 2017
As of May 5, 2017, the cost of the Permit of Stay for non-European students who are studying in Italy for 3 – 12 months has been changed and is now Euro 117.96. The breakdown of this cost is:

  • 30.46€ - Cost of the electronic permit
  • 16.00€ - Stamp duty
  • 30.00€ - Post Office fee plus 1.50€ fee for payment of bulletin at the Post Office
  • 40.00€ - Permit contribution

Payment of the contribution will follow the same rules as applicable before.

February 2016
At the end of December 2015 the Italian Parliament passed the 2016 Stability Act. This act introduces a consular fee on type D Study Visa applications (study purposes over 90 days). This fee is due at the time of application and payment options may vary according to consulate. It is important to note that short term visas (type C) remain free.

November 22, 2010
U.S. citizens who study in Italy for less than 90 days do not need to apply for a student visa (as of September 1, 2010). Citizens of other countries may check with the Italian Consulate to learn if they must apply for a student visa for a program less than 90 days.

Boston Consulate

Boston Consulate Visa Office
visti.boston@esteri.it | tel. 617 722.9204 | fax 617 722.94.07

 October 2018
As of February 15, 2016, the Italian National Long Stay Study Visa (over 90 days) will no longer be free of charge. Only citizens of Korea will be exempt from payment due to a bilateral agreement between Italy and Korea. Visa fees will change every three months. The current fee is $59.20 which will be in effect until December 31, 2018.

The visa fee must be paid only by MONEY ORDER or CASHIER'S CHECK made out to the "Consulate General of Italy in Boston". 

The Boston Consulate will continue to offer batch processing and prefers to receive only one payment by check for all applicants when submitting a batch, if possible. 

The Visa Office is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and the Consulate receives individuals by appointment only. Appointments can be made via the Consulate’s online system*ID is required to enter the building and must be presented at the security check.

Visa appointments should not be made more than 90 days in advance of the departure date. If there are no available appointments in the system, students are encouraged to check back for cancellations or new openings.

If a student needs to have his or her visa issued more quickly, or if there are no available appointments in the system, the student should provide documentation (airline ticket and letter of invitation) showing departure date and program state date and kindly request that they be considered for an appointment as soon as possible.

Retrieval is done in-person during normally scheduled office hours. No appointment is needed. While the Consulate strongly recommends that individuals personally retrieve their documents, individual applicants may elect to have their passport and visa returned by mail. They should submit a self-addressed, pre-paid Express Mail envelope (USPS or FedEx) along with their Visa application (Priority mail is also accepted provided that a tracking is included). Regular mail will not be accepted and envelopes with insufficient postage will not be mailed. Also, students may delegate a trusted individual (in writing) to retrieve their documents.

Chicago Consulate

October 2018

Chicago Consulate Visa Information

American and international students applying for a Study Abroad Program visa for periods exceeding 90 days to 365 days (National Visa) can submit their applications by mail. However, before mailing, they must have their signatures on the application forms legalized/notarized by one of Chicago's HONORARY CONSULS/CONSULAR CORRESPONDENTS or by the Study Abroad Program Advisor, if authorized to do so. All students applying for a study visa different from Study Abroad Programs, are required to schedule an appointment to apply in person. International students applying for any type of study visa for periods up to 90 days (Schengen Visa) must apply in person to the Chicago Consulate through appointment. This is necessary because international students must have their fingerprints taken.

Visa Fee
The Italian National Long Study Visa (over 90 days) will no longer be issued free of charge. The visa fee is payable by money order or cashier's check to the Consulate General of Italy Chicago. The current fee is $58.20 which will be in effect until December 31,2018. This fee is subject to change every three months on a quarterly basis (Jan 1-Mar 31; Apr 1-June 30; July 1-Sept 30; Oct 1-Dec 31). The consulate would prefer one money order per group for batch submission.

April 11, 2014
The Italian Consulate in Chicago has announced that in general they only allow AACUPI member schools to batch process. They will, however, review batch processing requests from non-AACUPI schools on a case by case basis. Please email the Consulate visti.chicago@esteri.it if you are a non-AACUPI school and would like to request batch processing.

Detroit Consulate

October 2018
Italian Study Visas will no longer be issued free of charge. The current visa fee is $59.00 which will be in effect until December 31, 2018 (this changes quarterly based on the exchange rate so check the consulate website before purchasing a money order).

Due to the large volume of inquiries received each day, it is not uncommon to experience some delays to email communication. Consulate staff will respond to inquiries made via email.

When providing a bank statement for proof of financial means, the bank statement must show the student’s name, current date, and balance in the account. If this information is not available on a student’s monthly bank statement, they should contact their bank to obtain a bank letter that verifies the name, current date, and account balance. A bank letter must be signed by the bank official. Photos of a bank statement or screenshots will not be accepted.

The appointment calendar is open all year. Students are encouraged to book an appointment well in-advance to get the best available times within the required 90 day window prior to departure. If there are no available appointment times, students should check the appointment system regularly (multiple times a day) for cancellations.

The Detroit consulate has indicated that batch applications to the Detroit consulate only may be paid by money order or bank cashier check made payable to "CONSULATE OF ITALY DETROIT".

July 2014
Batch processing by university representatives is encouraged. If the university is not batching applications, then the student applying within the Detroit jurisdiction must either go in person to Detroit to apply OR must sign in the presence of a consular representative by making an appointment online.

Houston Consulate

October 2018
Study Visa Fee
Italian Study Visas (for stays over 90 days) will no longer be issued free or charge. the current fee is $58.20 which will be in effect until December 31, 2018 and can be paid by cash, money order or cashier's check ONLY. These should be made out to "Consulate General of Italy".

  • Fees will be adjusted every 3 months (January 1st, April 1st, July 1st, October 1st). 
  • The visa processing fee is non-refundable, regardless if the visa is issued or not, this rule applies to applicants who decide to withdraw their applications.

More information on the visa fee is available on the Houston Consulate

Read the full requirements of the study visa.

Peripheral Consular Offices
For long stay visa ONLY (over 90 day stay) applicants who are not able to travel to Houston may appear in person at one of the offices listed below. Appointments must be made in advance over the phone.

Once their signature on the visa application form has been legalized by the Honorary Consul, applicants may mail the application form and all the documents to the Consulate General in Houston. Inquiries on visa requirements must be addressed to the Consulate General in Houston, which is the only office competent to process visas.

CONSOLATO ONORARIO D'ITALIA, NEW ORLEANS
537 South Peters St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
Tel: 504-522-3520
Fax: 504-522-7294 

Los Angeles Consulate 

October2018
The current visa fee is $58.20 which will be in effect until December 31, 2018. For student visa applications, the LA website states that they will accept financial aid as proof of funds.

February 2017
If you are processing batch submissions, each application must have an individual money order. The consulate will not allow one money order for the whole batch.

February 2016
As of February 15, 2016, Italian Study Visas will no longer be issued free of charge. Only citizens of Korea will be exempt from payment due to a bilateral agreement between Italy and Korea. Since visa fees change every three months, you will need to contact the Consulate General for the correct amount. The visa fee must be paid in cashiers' checks or money order made out to the Consulate General of Italy.

March 28, 2014
As of April 1, 2014, the LA Italian Consulate will no longer be accepting individual Italian study visa applications. Student visa applications must be submitted by all universities in batches at least one month, and no earlier than three months prior to the start date of the program. The Consulate reserves the right to limit the number of applications that can be submitted at one time.

Each university must appoint an advisor that will be in charge of the batch processing and all communication with the Visa Office. The batches must include a letter from the designated advisor, along with a list of the students’ names, place of birth (city, state, country), date of birth, nationality, US university and university in Italy.

The students must have their signatures in number 36, number 37, and at the end of the application authenticated by a notary public.

The advisor must provide a self-addressed, pre-paid/stamped envelope [Express Mail or FedEx (no FedEx Ground)] for return of the passports and visas.

Consolato Generale D'Italia
Visa Section
1900 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 1250, Los Angeles, CA 90067

Appointments are required and should be scheduled well in advance. Time slots are available during the following times:

  • Monday, Tuesday, & Friday 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday 9:00 a.m.-12:30p.m., 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays: Closed

Visa processing times are generally 3-4 weeks and can be longer during peak times.

Miami Consulate

October 2018

There is a fee of €50.00 for any student applying for a type D Study Visa; the fee does not vary according to the student's nationality. The fee conversion to USD will be updated every 3 months: 1 January; 1 April; 1 July; 1 October. The current visa fee is $58.20 which will be in effect until December 31, 2018 (this changes quarterly based on the exchange rate so check the consulate website before purchasing a money order).

Payment is accepted in cash or by money order only. Money orders should be made payable to "Consulate General of Italy." Batch processed applications should be mailed with a single return envelope. 

November 2015
The Miami consulate has moved to appointment only; appointments must be made online through the consulate's website. Students need to create a personal account, using their name exactly as it appears on their passport. Appointments are only available for the following 3 months. If students cannot get an appointment in the time frame they need, they should check back frequently as appointments do get cancelled. 

July 15, 2014
In order for Miami to accept batch processing, the Italian institution must be part of AACUPI. Any student not participating in an AACUPI registered program will have to either apply for the visa in Miami or can mail it to Miami only after having obtained the stamp from an honorary consulate in Miami’s jurisdiction. View a list of honorary consulates in Miami’s jurisdiction.

The following language was provided by the consulate for institutions using the Atlanta honorary consulate.

Please send an email to the following address:
atlantaconsulate@italynet.us You will present the application to Mrs. Della Costanza Turner, our Honorary Consul in Atlanta. She will stamp it and then you can send to Miami with all the required documents.
Because the Atlanta office is an Honorary Consulate, they are not always available and can be contacted by email only. If you don't get an answer or time is an issue, you will need to appear in Miami and apply in person. Atlanta will get back to you by email and instruct you in how to proceed.

New York Consulate

October 2018

Useful Links:

General Information
For individual applications, the consulate operates by appointment only. Appointments can be made online through the consulate's website

Appointments cannot be made for more than 90 days before departure. If there are no available appointments in the desired time frame, students should check the appointment system regularly for cancellations. The best time to check for appointment availability is after 6:00pm. The consulate will not respond to emails asking for emergency last minute appointments. Italian Study Visas are no longer being issued free of charge. The current visa fee is $59.00 which will be in effect until December 31, 2018 (this changes quarterly based on the exchange rate so check the consulate website before purchasing a money order). This fee can only be paid by money order (no cashier's checks).

A confirmed flight itinerary is no longer required as part of the paperwork. However, international students applying independently at the consulate should take their confirmed return flight itinerary with them to the appointment as the visa personnel have been requesting this as an additional document from non US citizens.

Once an application has been submitted to the consulate, processing time is 2-3 weeks.

When providing a personal bank letter or statement for proof of financial means, the bank letter/statement must be in the student's name ONLY and has to show $50 per day for the length of the program.

Students can no longer pick up their passport and visa in person. Passports are returned exclusively by mail, so applicants must bring a self-addressed, prepaid envelope (no stamps, only prepaid labels with a barcode) and a photocopy of it. The consulate only accepts prepaid priority envelopes from the US Postal Services (no FedEx or UPS). Students should also fill out a Declaration for Mailing Passports to form.

Group/Batch Submissions 
The Consulate will now allow one money order (no checks) from a University batch submission covering all applications. The money order should be attached to a list of students participating in the batch submission. Alternatively, one money order can be placed in each student file. Money orders must be in the exact amount only.

The consulate will not allow a batch submission for less than 20 applications. For groups of less than 20, students must make their own appointment and appear independently. 

If providing a personal bank letter or statement for proof of financial means, the bank letter/statement must be in the student's name ONLY and has to show $50 per day for the length of the program.

All non-US citizens must apply independently - they cannot be included as part of a batch submission.

Philadelphia Consulate

Batch processing is encouraged (see below). For individual applications, the consulate operates by appointment only. Student visa applicants should call 1-800-531-0840 to schedule an appointment. There is a charge for the call. Please consult the consulate's website for further information regarding the visa application and the charges.

October 2018
The Italian consulate in Philadelphia is now charging a for the Italian National Long Stay Study Visa (longer than 90 days). The current fee is $58.20 which will be in effect until December 31, 2018. This fee is payable by money order or cashier's check to the "Consulate General of Italy". This information has been posted on the Consulate's website and also through this visa fee document. This fee will be adjusted every three months.

March 13, 2014
A letter about batch processing from the visa officers:

RE: Batch Submittals - Study Abroad Programs
Summer/Autumn 2014 - Long Stay -- National Visa for Italy.

Dear Study Abroad Advisers (in the Philadelphia jurisdiction),

We take this opportunity to express our appreciation for your collaborative efforts in organizing and handling batch submittals from your academic institution for the students enrolled in study abroad programs in Italy. Your efforts in this regard enable us to more efficiently process and issue study visas in a timely and optimal manner, considering that we must process a huge number of applications in a limited amount of time. Accordingly, as we are approaching the spring and summer season, with a view towards the same maximum efficiency for the study abroad students and to best manage our resources, we would like to request your assistance.

It would be most helpful if batch submittals can be submitted as early as possible. We can begin system processing and issuance starting 90 days prior to the start date of the academic program in Italy. However, we encourage you to submit the batch applications, as early as possible (before the 90 days), as soon as they have been organized and collected at your end. This will enable us to begin the review phase promptly (before the 90 days), address any issues and then immediately begin system processing at the start of the 90 days.

Update: please note that digital fingerprinting will be implemented at this Consulate effective May 15, 2014. The fingerprinting is mandatory for Short Stay, Schengen visa requests only (international students studying in the US who are required to apply for a Schengen visa to participate in a short-term program in Italy). Applicants for Long Stay National Visa to Italy are exempt from the fingerprinting requirement and therefore batch submittal for programs over 90 days is still possible and encouraged.

Please consult our website as needed for all forms, checklists and important information. As a supplement, we are here including (below) helpful and important reminders to prepare for submittal.

We look forward to your feedback concerning your earliest anticipated submittal dates, number of applicants, study program start dates and any issues of concern.

Ufficio Visti - Visa Office
Consolato Generale d'Italia - Consulate General of Italy Public Ledger Building, Suite 1026
150 South Independence Mall West
Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA
http://www.consfiladelfia.esteri.it
visti.filadelfia@esteri.it

PREPARE THE APPLICATIONS FOR SUBMITTAL, IN THIS ORDER:

  • Original, valid PASSPORT
  • National Visa Application from the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia (do not use forms for Embassy or other Consulates) completely filled out. Print legibly address and email address of student.
  • 1 standard photograph, passport format, recent, front view, attached to the upper left hand corner with either one staple (not directly on face image) or simple adhesive.
  • 1 copy of driver's license and student ID - photocopy on just one sheet only (not separate pages) thus to cut down paper volume.
  • Original letter of current enrollment student in good standing in USA Including proof of medical insurance coverage, housing in Italy, tuition payment, financial means. The academic institution may provide official guarantees concerning the study visa requirements such as personal financial means, housing, insurance.
  • 2 originals of the letter of acceptance in ITALIAN LANGUAGE (one original will be returned to student with our Consular Stamp), including the customary details (program start and end dates, student's full name, location, course attendance hours)
  • Confirmed flight itinerary/transportation into ITALY.

Note: Exact border of entry must be indicated (page 2 of application). Students may arrive earlier and leave later than the exact program dates, not to exceed 90 days for tourism in a six month period. It is helpful to highlight (directly on the itinerary), the passenger name, travel date and travel route (i.e. Rome FCO Paris / Florence 20 Aug 2014, Frankfurt /Milano 28 Aug 2014)

Pick up in Person MON WED FRI as advised or, include:
Self-addressed and Postage paid (postage affixed) envelope, such as Priority Mail or Express Mail by US Post Office, Fed Ex, UPS only. Attention: for FED EX and UPS, consulate must not appear as shipper to avoid being charged for shipment due to payment errors.

Students should prepare at least one duplicate copy of the complete application package submitted for their own file and record to keep at home, but do not submit to this Consulate, as well as copy of return envelope. The submittal should be one original application. We return an important notice of instruction and one original acceptance letter with our Consular stamp – required in student's possession upon arrival in Italy.
For complete details: Refer to our study visa checklist, forms, downloadable from our website only.

March 12, 2012
The financial guarantee may be included in the official acceptance letter (recommended text below). In this case, no other bank letters, statements or Affidavits of Financial Support are necessary.

"The student has paid in full the program that provides for tuition, room and board, transportation, airfare, and support while he/she is in Italy. In addition, the parents or guardians of the student take full financial responsibility for their son/daughter during the study abroad period".  

San Francisco Consulate

October 2018
Beginning February 2016, student visas became subject to a fee of 50 euros. The fee is based on the exchange rate and adjusts every fiscal quarter, so the equivalent value in dollars will be posted on the Consulate's website at the beginning of every quarter, (January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1).  The current fee is $59.70 which will be in effect until December 31, 2018. Payment is accepted only in cashier's check or money order made out to the Consulate General of Italy. Cash payments will not be accepted.

June 27, 2013
The San Francisco Consulate is currently requiring specific information regarding each student’s place of residence while participating in their study abroad program in Italy. Student visa applications that do not include a single residence address for the student will not be accepted. We encourage program administrators to clearly indicate the address of the program and the address at which the student will actually reside in all letters of acceptance and enrollment issued by the home institution in the USA and the host institution in Italy.

Applications must be carefully proofed to ensure that questions are fully answered, proper documents are included, and there are no mistakes. It has come to our attention that, due to a mistake in the application, a student was informed that the application was rejected and a second application could not be submitted for 60 days.

Washington, DC Consulate

October 2018
The current free is $58.20 which will be in effect until December 31, 2018. This fee will change each quarter. The visa fee is payable by money order, cashiers check or, "in exceptional cases", by cash. Make the money order or cashiers check payable to: Embassy of Italy. The Washington, DC consulate does not accept personal checks.

Embassy of Italy
Visa Office
3000 Whitehaven St NW
Washington, DC, 20008
Tel. 202-612-4421 or 4423 (phone calls accepted between 2:00 and 4:00 pm)
Fax 202-462 9406
E-mail: visti.washington[at]esteri.it

Visa applications are accepted in person and by appointment only. Appointments must be made online. The Embassy's website no longer has lists of the documents that are required for visa applications. Applicants are linked to the Farnesina's "Do I Need A Visa" webpage which does not appear to contain a full list of required documents. Missing from the list are: Proof of Round-trip Airfare (showing flight details and student's name) and Proof of Residence in the Jurisdiction.

Applicants do not need an appointment to collect their passport after processing, they will be given a "receipt" during their initial appointment on which the consular officer will write the date after which the student should return to pick up his/her processed visa & passport. Students may collect their passport at the Visa Office during normal business hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:00am - 12.30pm. The passport may be collected by a third person holding a proper authorization to do so. In exceptional cases, and with a stated reason, the passport may be returned by mail. Applicants wishing to do this must provide a self-addressed, pre-paid express mail envelope along with the visa application. Regular mail will not be accepted.

Visa processing times (as of January 2018): 7-15 days

There is no process by which an applicant can request rush processing.

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