Who requires a visa?
Italy does not apply any restrictions on the
access to its labor market by citizens of other EEA countries
including the New EU Member Countries (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania,
Poland, Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic)
If You Are From A Country
That Is Not A European (EFTA, EEA) Member You Must Obtain A Work
Visa Or Permit To Work In Italy
A study visa will likely be required to study in Italy, for any
length of time.
This type of visa allows entry for a short visit (not exceeding 90
days) or a long visit of fixed duration (not exceeding 365 days) to
applicants intending to study at an Italian university/ attend
courses / carry out research or cultural activities of an occasional
or permanent nature.
Please contact the nearest Consulate for further information about
necessary visas and documentation.
What documents will be required?
One passport size photograph;
One application form duly completed and signed at the Consulate;
Passport valid three months over planned stay in Italy
A letter of acceptance from school or University in Italy indicating
place, duration of the course and dates of attendance;
A letter addressed to this Italian Consulate, stating that you own
private means of support. If you are a recipient of financial aid,
please submit a statement
A letter from your bank indicating your account number, financial
status, and balance. The letter must be signed by a bank official
Flight reservations (round trip)
For business visa:
Letter from employer addressed to the Italian Consulate General
explaining the purpose and duration of the visit. If self-employed,
a letter from an accountant, company secretary, solicitor or local
Chamber of Commerce. Applicants should also arrange for an
invitation from the host Italian company or firm.
Note: Health Insurance Proof of Health Insurance must be shown to
the competent local authorities in Italy (Questura) in order to
obtain your residency permit (Permesso di Soggiorno). A Health
Insurance Policy can be purchased on arrival in Italy at the Post
Office, from Inassitalia, that is specially designed by the Italian
Government for foreign students to cover all medical expenses
without disbursing any money in case of illness.
Time required to issue visa:
Average 2 days, up to 12 days; varies depending on nationality.
What is the cost of a visa?
US$30 for a 90-day student visa.
Spouses and children of EU nationals (providing spouse’s passport
and the original marriage certificate is produced), and nationals of
some other countries, receive their visas free of charge (enquire at
Embassy for details).
How long is the visa valid for?
Varies depending on type.
(a) Minors under 18 years of age not traveling with their parents
require a declaration from both parents or their legal guardian
authorizing their travel. (b) Visa officers may also ask for
Postal applications are not acceptable.
Travelers visiting just one Schengen country should apply to the
Consulate of that country;
travelers visiting more than one Schengen country should apply to
the Consulate of the country chosen as the main destination or the
country they will enter first (if they have no main destination).
Minors (under 18 years of age) who will not be traveling with their
parents and wish to apply for a visa, in addition to the
documentation required for the particular visa, must produce a
declaration from both parents or legal guardian, authorizing them to
travel and stay in a Schengen country and appointing the person who
will be responsible for them.
This declaration should be in the form of an affidavit duly
authenticated by the solicitor or the appropriate official of your
Embassy or Consulate.
For a long duration National visa (VN): Proof of payment exclusively
of an Italian medical insurance policy .
Documentation regarding the applicant's professional and economic
status and academic background.
Photocopies of all supporting documents must be submitted along with
the application. The originals must also be presented with the
photocopies and will be returned after verification.
In case of enrolment at an Italian State University or an Italian
Open University, it is necessary to comply with the directives and
guidelines decided annually by the Italian Ministry of Education (Ministero
dell'Istruzione, dell'Universitą e della Ricerca).
A streamlined preferential procedure is activated for study visa
applications of teachers, scholars, researchers or other persons
whose study / research activities are included in the framework of
joint bilateral scientific or cultural agreements between India and
Italy or with international organizations (i.e. United Nations, ICTP,
etc.). Applicants should clearly indicate information on the joint
bilateral study / activity being undertaken and the visa issue will
be facilitated as much as possible taking into account the person's
academic qualifications and/or the significance of the cultural or
scientific activity to be carried out.
In cases where the applicant is required to produce his/her academic
and / or professional certificates for use in Italy the said
certificates must be accompanied by a translation in Italian
language and in some cases a "Dichiarazione di valore" must be
obtained prior to the acceptance of the visa application.
If the study, research or cultural activity to be undertaken is
remunerated or carried out for a fee (normal refund of expenses does
not fall into this category), the applicant should apply for a visa
under the "employment as dependant" or "self-employment" categories.
Most visits to Italy are trouble-free but you should be aware of the
global risk of indiscriminate international terrorist attacks, which
could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by
There continues to be insolated cases of domestic terrorism in Itlay
by extreme left wing and seccessionist groups which are aimed
primarily at official Italian targets.
Visitors should be alert to the dangers of car and street crimes in
There continues to be non-violent volcanic activity on the island of
Stromboli. Italy is in an earthquake zone.