U.S. Citizenship holders
As aU.S. citizenship holder, you do not need to apply for an Italian Schengen Visa! You are allowed to travel to Italyand to all other members of the Schengen Area for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa, as long as your U.S. passport is valid for at least 3 months after your planned return to the United States!
Upon entering Italy, border authorities will require that you show documentation to justify the reasons for and the duration of your stay in Italy.For more information check “What Documents do Americans Need to Enter Italy?
U.S. Official and Diplomatic passport holders
U.S. Official and Diplomatic passport holders must obtain an ItalianSchengen Visa prior to arrival.You will not be allowed to enterItaly without a visa.
U.S. Permanent Residence Card or U.S. visa holders(except for B1/B2).
If you are a holder of the U.S. Permanent Residence Card (formerly Green Card)or U.S. visa and if you are a citizen of the countries from this list, you must apply for anItalianSchengen Visa which correlates with the purpose of your visit to Italy, as there are different types of visas available and specifically designed for your travel purpose.
ItalySchengen Visa requirements for US Residents
The following list of documents are required in order to obtain an Italian visa in the US:
- A valid passport or Travel document. Please make sure:
- your passport has been issued within the previous 10 years,
- your passport will be valid for at least three (3) months after the date you exit Italyor the Schengen Area.
- A valid U.S. permanent residence card (“green card”) or a valid US visa with valid I-94 and/or valid I-20 or I-797 + 1 photocopy, or an Advance Parole document. (The B1/B2 visa holders must apply in their country of residence. Holders of a valid U.S. B1/B2 visa can only apply for airport transit visa.).
- One application form filled out completely and signed by the applicant (please read carefully the explanations)
- One photo, which must be glued on the application form. Applications with stapled photographs will be rejected.
- Bank and credit card statements for the last 3 months.
- Proof of travel arrangements: Round trip flight/travel reservations or other proof of intended transport and complete itinerary (if several Schengen States will be visited or if the trip covers several Schengen States and non-Schengen countries).
- Travel Insurance stating that you are covered in case of a medical emergency and repatriation in Italyand in the Schengen Area(minimum coverage of € 30.000).
- Hotel reservations or proof of participation in group travel. Find and Book Cheap Hotels in Italy!
- You need proof of sufficient funds for the period of stay in Italy. Generally, there are several recognized ways to prove your financial sufficiency:
- A personal bank statement indicating your financial movements (for at least 3 last months)
- Credit card
- Traveller’s cheques
- Pay slips
- Proof of employment
- Supporting document to attest sponsor’s readiness to cover your expenses during your stay
- Proof of prepaid accommodation
- Document about accommodation in private
- Proof of prepaid transport
According totheMinistryof Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy, the following are the required amounts of means of subsistence needed to be attested by a foreigner, at the moment applying for an Italian Visa to an Italian Embassy or Consulate:
- For Stays up to 5 days: The overall amount is 269.60€ /person and 212.81 /two and more persons.
- For Stays 6-10 days: The daily amount is 44.93€ /person and 26.33€ /two and more persons.
- For Stays 11-20 days: The overall amount is 51.64€/person and 25.82€/ two and more persons, plus the daily amount is 36.67€/person and 22.21€/ two and more persons.
- For Stays over 20 days: The overall amount is 206.58€/person and 118.79€/ two and more persons, plus the daily amount is 27.89€/person and 17,04/ two and more persons.
- Reference letter of employment in the U.S confirming your salary, hire date, position and dates of vacation (business registration if self employed)
For foreign students in the US on F1 visas:
- valid I-20
- reference letter from educational institution (school/college/university) stating that you are in good standing, your major and the expected date of graduation.
Letter of invitation from a reputable and acknowledged private or public agency, institution, or organization for political, scientific or cultural events and initiatives;
- If you have been invited to stay with an Italian citizen or a foreigner who resides in Italy, prior to submitting your visa request, that person must fax directly to the Visa Office (fax 202-462-9406), a Letter of invitation, accompanied by:
- if the host is a foreigner: copy of the valid Permesso di Soggiorno (Permit of stay for foreigners).
- if the host is an Italian citizen: copy of a valid identification document.
Traveling to Italyfor Business purpose
- Letter from employer confirming employment , that specified job title and responsibilities and reports the purpose of the travel, providing names & addresses of all companies that will be called upon.
- If you are self-employed, present a valid business license, certificate of incorporation, and latesttax return for business.
- Letter/s of invitation from the Italian companies concerned.
ItalySchengen Visa Fee and Payment Methods
The ItalianConsulate Authorities in the USA accept only cash and money orders. For ItalianSchengen Visa Fee please click here.
Where do I apply for an Italian Visa in U.S.?
Italian Embassy in Washingon DC
You can apply for a visa at the Consular Office within the Italian Embassy in Washingon DC only if you live in:
- The District of Columbia (D.C.);
- Maryland (M.D.): only Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties (all other Counties are under the jurisdiction of the Italian General Consulate in Philadelphia);
- Virginia (V.A.): only Arlington and Fairfax Counties and the City of Alexandria (all other Counties are under the jurisdiction of the Italian General Consulate in Philadelphia).
To set an appointment with the visa office of the Italian Embassy in Washington DC, click here.
Consulate General of Italy in Boston
You can apply for a visa at theConsulate General of Italy in Bostononly if you live in: Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Consulate General of Italy in Chicago
You can apply for a visa at theConsulate General of Italy in Chicagoonly if you live in: Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
Consulate General of Italy in Detroit
You can apply for a visa at theConsulate General of Italy in Detroitonly if you live in: Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.
Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia
You can apply for a visa at theConsulate General of Italy in Philadelphiaonly if you live in: Pennsylvania, Delaware, North Carolina, West Virginia, New Jersey (only the following counties: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean and Salem. The remaining counties are under the jurisdiction of the Consulate General in New York), Maryland (except for the counties of Montgomery and Prince George which fall under the jurisdiction of the consular section of the Embassy) and Virginia (except for the counties of Arlington and Fairfax which are also under the jurisdiction of the Embassy).
Consulate General of Italy in Houston
You can apply for a visa at theConsulate General of Italy in Houstononly if you live in: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas/
Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles
You can apply for a visa at theConsulate General of Italy in Los Angelesonly if you live in: Arizona, California (the following Counties: Imperial Valley, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Ventura), New Mexico, Nevada.
Consulate General of Italy in Miami
You can apply for a visa at theConsulate General of Italy in Miamionly if you live in: Alabama, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Florida, Georgia, Island of Saba, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, St. Eustatius, South Carolina, Turks and Caicos, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Consulate General of Italy in New York
You can apply for a visa at theConsulate General of Italy in New Yorkonly if you live in: New York, Connecticut, New Jersey (the following Counties: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, Warren) and the British Territories of Bermuda Islands.
Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco
You can apply for a visa at theConsulate General of Italy in San Franciscoonly if you live in: Alaska, California (except the following counties: Imperial Valley, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo and Ventura, which fall within the jurisdiction of the Consulate General in Los Angeles), Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Hawai’i. Also, the following American territories of: Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Samoa, Wake Island, Midways Islands, Johnston Atoll.
- The ItalyConsular Office reserves the right to ask for further documentation, in addition to the above mentioned.
- Processing time: The average processing time for Italian visas in the US is about 7-15 days, depending on the applicant’s nationality.
- The applicant has to provide a set of photocopies of the above original documents.
- All visa applicants must appear in person in order to submit their application at least two weeks prior to their trip.
- Minor children cannot apply for their own visa. Both parents have to give their consent in person.
- Please be aware that submitting the aforementioned documents does not guarantee the approval of the visa.
- Please note that holders of Schengen visas are still subject to immigration control upon first entry into a Schengen country. The visa itself does not grant the right to enter the Schengen space.
You may also contact the relevant ItalianConsular Authority in the USA for further information.
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