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General Information

 

General Information

The Visa Office operates only by on-line appointment booked using “Prenot@mi” and the booking system is entirely FREE OF CHARGE.

Applicants who cannot find any availability can register on the on line waiting list. The system will automatically notify the applicant of a time slot, should it become available.

Please be advised that you can schedule your appointment starting maximum 180 days before your trip.

All applicants must appear in person on the day of the appointment.

Proof of residence/Jurisdiction: the Consulate General of Italy in New York has jurisdiction to process visa applications ONLY for residents in New York, New Jersey (Counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, Warren) or Connecticut, and Bermuda.

Proof of residence can be established by submitting a copy of your State driver’s license with updated address, State ID, State income tax or last 3 months utility bills.

If you are not a U.S. citizen and you need to apply for a visa you must provide a copy of the document that allows you to reside legally in the U.S. (U.S. long term visa except B1/B2, U.S. permanent resident card, I-20 for all F1 Visas only, Advance Parole). The document must have a validity of at least 3 months beyond the last day of your return from the Schengen Area.

Students enrolled in full-time programs at a University located in this jurisdiction meet the residence requirement.

Please follow this link if you reside outside the consular jurisdiction of the Consulate General of Italy in New York: Italian Consular Offices in the US

For Citizens of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq: Citizens of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq need to provide a copy of their birth certificate in English with full names of mother and father or an equivalent Consular declaration.

Travel document requirements: before applying for your visa, make sure your travel document has a validity of at least 3 months beyond the last day of your trip in the Schengen Area and at least two empty ‘VISA’ pages.

Processing time: it generally varies from 7 to 90 days depending on the type of visa and citizenship of the applicant. Please be aware that it is not possible to rush processing time because the system is completely automated. You can apply for a visa not earlier than 180 days before the date of departure. Visas are issued at the discretion of the Consulate General of Italy in New York upon fulfillments of all requirements established by the Law.

Visa fee are payable only by money order or certified bank check. For accounting reasons the money order has to be the exact amount since the office cannot provide change. Since the exchange rate changes every 3 months please consult the following link for the correct fees.

All documents must be presented in original. Please provide also a photocopy of the passport’s first page, latest Schengen visas, Permanent Resident Card, US visa (excluding US B1/B2 non resident visas), driving license, I-20, Advance Parole, as well as of the original documents that you wish to keep.

Applications which do not fulfill/provide ALL the requirements will not be accepted. Unacceptable (Inadmissible) applications will require a new appointment scheduled through the booking system.

Complete applications must be submitted at least 15 days prior to departure date and cannot be processed earlier than 180 days before departure date.

Passports will be returned exclusively by mail. On the day of the appointment the applicant MUST bring a self-addressed, prepaid envelope (prepaid labels with a barcode or stamps + tracking number) and a photocopy of it. The Visa Office will accept only prepaid priority mail envelopes from the U.S. Postal Service (no FedEx, no UPS).

All applicants must also present the Declaration for Mailing Passports duly filled out.

The Consulate is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged passports in transit.

MINOR APPLICANTS:

For minor applicants, the following certification is needed:

- Original birth certificate, plus one copy. Please note that all foreign (i.e. non US) documents must be translated into English and the translation must be legalized by the Italian Consular Authority in the Country where the certificate was issued.

- A letter from both parents granting permission to travel and assuming financial responsibility for the entire trip. The authorization to travel must be signed by both parents and has to be notarized by a US notary or, if the parents live abroad, by the Italian Consulate of their Country of residence. At least one parent or the legal guardian of the minor must be present at the Visa Office. The Consulates reserves the right to request the physical presence of both parents if deemed necessary.

- Assumption of responsibility of an adult during the minor's trip to Italy duly notarized by a US or Italian notary.

Children under 12 do not need to appear in person.

All foreign documents MUST be translated into English and the translations legalized by the competent Consulate in the country where the document was issued. The Visa Office reserves the right to require further documentation (i.e. certificates, divorce decree, family court decree etc.) if deemed necessary.

For all additional questions please contact newyork.visas@esteri.it 


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