Italy is a member of the Schengen agreement, which is made up of 25 European countries. US passport holders can travel to any country or countries that are members of the Schengen agreement without the need for visas. All they need are valid US passports and they are only permitted to stay for 90 days. Their US passports must be valid for more than three months past their intended stay in Italy.
A US passport holder who is going to Italy to study and would need to stay for more than 90 days must apply for a national visa at the Italian Embassy, or from any of the Italian Consulates located in the United States. There are Italian Consular offices for specific regions in the US and an interested applicant must apply for a visa at the corresponding consulate that serves the state they are located in.
Applicants of visas for study purposes are not required to pay any visa handling fees but they must make sure that they submit all the required documents together with their application.
Visa application requirements (1 original, 1 photocopy)
- Fully completed Visa Application Form
- Applicant will affix signature and date in front of Visa Officer at time of application
- US passport (with 2 blank pages and valid for three months after date of visa expiration)
- One passport sizes photo (attach to visa application form by glue or staple)
- Permanent Residence Card (or other document for US immigration, for non-US citizens)
- For international students – F-1 Visa and I-20
- Legal proof of identification and US residence (Driver’s License, State ID, Student ID)
- Official acceptance letter from Italian educational institution in Italy (addressed to Consulate General of Italy, with specific details of study, schedule, tuition and accommodations)
- For students of Study Abroad Programs
- Enrollment letter from local educational institution (addressed to Consulate General of Italy
- Acceptance letter into the Study Abroad Program
- Proof of means of subsistence ($1,000 minimum per month)
- Bank statements (recent three months)
- Official letter of financial aid from University (for students receiving aid)
- Affidavit of Financial Support (http://www.ambwashingtondc.esteri.it/NR/rdonlyres/0D7EBBD0-E034-4150-B502-21574445161D/32693/AFFIDAVITOFFINANCIALSUPPORT.pdf)
- Notarized or signed in front of visa officer at time of application.
- Parent’s bank statements
- Proof of Health insurance ($50,000 minimum coverage)
- Health insurance certificate from insurance provider or Study Abroad Program
- Affidavit for Health Insurance (http://www.ambwashingtondc.esteri.it/NR/rdonlyres/0D7EBBD0-E034-4150-B502-21574445161D/32695/Affidavitformedicalinsurance.pdf) – Notarized or signed by applicant in front of Visa Officer
- Proof of accommodations in Italy
- Proof of travel reservations
- Prepaid self-addressed Envelope (United States Postal Services Express Mail or Priority Mail)
- For applicants that are unable to pick up approved visa
- Visa processing can take anywhere from 7 to 15 days. There are no priority or rush applications. Application status can only be checked after 15 days.
- Applicants must apply personally at the Italian Embassy or any of the Consulate Offices.
- Applicants must check with the Italian Consulates nearest them regarding jurisdiction and application schedules, if appointments are needed or not. For a list of the different Consulates and their jurisdiction and schedules, they may check them at http://www.ambwashingtondc.esteri.it/Ambasciata_Washington/Menu/Informazioni_e_servizi/La_rete_consolare/.
- For more information regarding travelling to Italy:
Embassy of Italy
150 S. Independence Mall West
Telephone: (215) 592-7329
Fax: (215) 592-9808
12400 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA
Telephone: (310) 820-0622 / 826-6207
Fax: (310) 820-0727