Visa Requirements for US Passport Holders – Italy (Italian Republic)

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)

  1. Fully completed Visa Application Form
    1. Applicant will affix signature and date in front of Visa Officer at time of application
  2. US passport (with 2 blank pages and valid for three months after date of visa expiration)
  3. One passport sizes photo (attach to visa application form by glue or staple)
  4. Permanent Residence Card (or other document for US immigration, for non-US citizens)
  5. For international students – F-1 Visa and I-20
  6. Legal proof of identification and US residence (Driver’s License, State ID, Student ID)
  7. Official acceptance letter from Italian educational institution in Italy (addressed to Consulate General of Italy, with specific details of study, schedule, tuition and accommodations)
  8. For students of Study Abroad Programs
    1. Enrollment letter from local educational institution (addressed to Consulate General of Italy
    2. Acceptance letter into the Study Abroad Program
  9. Proof of means of subsistence ($1,000 minimum per month)
    1. Bank statements (recent three months)
    2. Official letter of financial aid from University (for students receiving aid)
  10. Affidavit of Financial Support (http://www.ambwashingtondc.esteri.it/NR/rdonlyres/0D7EBBD0-E034-4150-B502-21574445161D/32693/AFFIDAVITOFFINANCIALSUPPORT.pdf)
    1. Notarized or signed in front of visa officer at time of application.
    2. Parent’s bank statements
  11. Proof of Health insurance ($50,000 minimum coverage)
    1. Health insurance certificate from insurance provider or Study Abroad Program
    2. 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
  12. Proof of accommodations in Italy
  13. Proof of travel reservations
  14. Prepaid self-addressed Envelope (United States Postal Services Express Mail or Priority Mail)
    1. For applicants that are unable to pick up approved visa
  15. Important notes:

    1. 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.
    2. Applicants must apply personally at the Italian Embassy or any of the Consulate Offices.
    3. 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/.
    4. For more information regarding travelling to Italy:

      Embassy of Italy

      3000 Whitehaven St., NW
      Washington, DC, 20008
      Telephone: (202) 612-4421 / 4423 (2:00PM to 4:00PM)
      Fax: (202) 462-9406
      Email: visti.washington@esteri.it
      Website: www.ambwashingtondc.esteri.it

      Consulates General

      Boston
      600 Atlantic Ave.
      Boston, MA
      02210
      USA
      Telephone: (617) 722-9201 / 02 / 03
      Fax: (617) 722-9407
      Email: archivio.boston@esteri.it
      Website: http://www.consboston.esteri.it/

      Chicago
      500 North Michigan Ave., Suite 1850
      Chicago, IL
      60611
      USA
      Telephone: (312) 467-1550
      Fax: (312) 467-1335
      Email: italcons.chicago@esteri.it
      Website: http://www.conschicago.esteri.it/

      Detroit
      Buhl Building
      535 Griswold, Suite 1840
      Detroit, MI
      48226
      USA
      Telephone: (313) 963-8560
      Fax: (313) 963-8180
      Email: inform.detroit@esteri.it
      Website: http://www.consdetroit.esteri.it/

      Philadelphia
      150 S. Independence Mall West
      Suite 1026
      Philadelphia, PA
      19106-3410
      USA
      Telephone: (215) 592-7329
      Fax: (215) 592-9808
      Email: urp.filadelfia@esteri.it
      Website: http://www.consfiladelfia.esteri.it/

      Houston
      1300 Post Oak Blvd., Suite 660
      Houston, TX
      77056
      USA
      Telephone: (713) 850-7520
      Fax: (713) 850-9113
      Email: italcons.houston@esteri.it
      Website: http://www.conshouston.esteri.it/

      Los Angeles
      12400 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 300
      Los Angeles, CA
      90025
      USA
      Telephone: (310) 820-0622 / 826-6207
      Fax: (310) 820-0727
      Email: consolato.losangeles@esteri.it
      Website: http://www.conslosangeles.esteri.it/

      Miami
      4000 Ponce de León Blvd., Suite 590
      Coral Gables, FL
      33146
      USA
      Telephone: (305) 374-6322
      Fax: (305) 374-7945
      Email: italconsulmiami@gmail.com
      Website: http://www.consmiami.esteri.it/

      Newark
      One Gateway Center – Suite 100
      Newark, NJ
      07102
      USA
      Telephone: (973) 643-1448
      Fax: (973) 643-3043
      Email: consolato.newark@esteri.it
      Website: http://www.consnewark.esteri.it/

      New York
      690 Park Ave.
      New York, NY
      10065
      USA
      Telephone: (212) 737-9100
      Fax: (212) 249-4945
      Email: info.newyork@esteri.it
      Website: http://www.consnewyork.esteri.it/

      San Francisco
      2590 Webster St.
      San Francisco, CA
      94115
      USA
      Telephone: (415) 292-9210 / 931-4924
      Fax: (415) 931-7205
      Email: visti.sanfrancisco@esteri.it
      Website: http://www.conssanfrancisco.esteri.it/

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