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Italian National Visa for Study


Italian National Visa for Study

Visa Department

For general information please call the operator at operator Tel. (310) 820-0622 from Mon-Fri from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 2:00 to 3:30 pm
The following office will answer your calls from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm from Mondays to Fridays (with the exception of Wednesdays) at: Tel. (310) 432-9766


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ATTENTION: The Prenota Online reservation system is completely FREE of charge.

PLEASE NOTE: IF YOUR DO NOT FIND AN APPOINTMENT, due to the high demand of requests, we suggest that you patiently CHECK DAILY our appointment system for cancellations. Appointments become available from 3:00 pm (local time)

Study program longer than 90 days

(The following requirements are not applicable to students younger then eighteen. Contact the Consulate General for information.)

The Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles will accept visa applications from legal residents of ARIZONA, NEW MEXICO, NEVADA and the following counties in the state of CALIFORNIA: S.Luis Obispo, Kern, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Imperial Valley, Orange.

Visa applicants must appear in person to submit their visa request.

You must submit ALL the required documents.

Incomplete visa applications will not be accepted and will be returned without processing.

The application form must be completely filled out and legible.

Applicants must submit the following documents in 2 sets – one original and one photocopy:

1. Passport or other official travel document valid for a period of 3 months beyond your last day of stay in Italy. The passport must not have been issued more than 10 (ten) years ago and must have at least two blank pages on which the visa can be affixed.

2. Proof of permanent residence in the United States, for non-U.S. citizens, in the form of a U.S. Alien Registration Card or a valid U.S. F1 visa with I-94 Form and with the endorsed I-20 Form (re-entry/travel).
The US Alien Registration Card or US visa should be valid at least three (3) months beyond the intended departure from the Schengen territory.
U.S. visas B1/B2 are not acceptable for this purpose.

3. One National Visa application form, completely and clearly filled out, to be signed in the presence of a Consular officer.

4. Two recent passport size photographs (2x2 inches in size, full face, front view, white background).
Scanned or photocopied photos are not accepted.

5. Letter from your College or University stating that you are attending that College or University and that you will take a course or participate in the program offered by the academic institution in Italy.

6. Complete documentation on the course or cultural program that will be attended. One of the following:
- An official letter of acceptance from an Italian academic institution.
- A letter of acceptance from an American academic institution stating that you have been accepted and admitted to its center in Italy. The letter must be addressed to the Consulate General of Italy, must indicate the address of the center in Italy, the period of study by date and bear the seal of that institution.
- A letter of acceptance from an American academic institution providing for the Study Abroad Program, and a letter of acceptance from the accredited academic institution in Italy. Both letters must be addressed to the Consulate General of Italy, must indicate the address of the center in Italy, the period of study by date and bear the seal of that institution.

Students applying for full-time enrollment or “corsi singoli” at an Italian University, must first contact the Education Department of the Consulate General of Italy.

Visas will not be issued for private school programs in basic language instruction.

7. Financial guarantee must be presented in one of the following manners:

- If you are financially responsible for yourself: present a letter (not a bank statement) from your bank, on the bank’s letterhead, signed by a bank official and with a recent date, indicating account balance.(A minimum of $ 1,000.00 per each month of stay in Italy is required.)

- If parents are financially responsible for you: present their notarized affidavit stating their financial commitment for expenses incurred in Italy. A letter (not a bank statement) from their bank, on the bank’s letterhead, signed by a bank official and with a recent date, indicating account balance. (A minimum of $1,000.00 per each month of stay in Italy is required.)

- If your school or another institution is providing financial aid, present a letter from that institution’s Financial Advisor stating amount granted. A minimum of $1,000.00 per each month of stay in Italy is required.

8. Health insurance coverage must be presented in one of the following manner:

- A signed declaration from your health insurance company stating that you have a policy that will pay for medical expenses, emergency and hospital stays incurred in Italy during your period of stay there. The dates of the program must be mentioned.

- If you cannot obtain the above mentioned declaration or do not have a health insurance policy, then you must show proof of purchase of an Italian health insurance, or present a declaration stating that you will purchase an Italian insurance policy upon your arrival in Italy, before registering with the local Police Dept. (Questura).

9. Proof of suitable lodging for the entire stay, if not included in the letter of acceptance from the Italian institution.

10. Flight itinerary. If traveling to Italy by land (train, bus, automobile), provide itinerary and state name of border of entry into Italy.

11. Current document of identity (Driver License, State I.D., student I.D.)

12. Handling visa fee (please refer to the list of references on the right hand side of this page) will be paid in exact amount in cash, money order or cashier’s check made out to the Consulate General of Italy upon presentation of the visa application. PAYMENT METHOD: Money Order or Cashier's Check (to the Consulate General of Italy) for the exact amount is required. Please refer to the Handling Fees for the exact amount - Cash payment will be accepted only with previous authorization, for exceptional reasons due to the impossibility of acquiring the requested payment methods. 

13. Provide a self-addressed (from yourself–to yourself) pre-paid/stamped envelope (Express Mail, FedEx), if you wish to have your passport mailed back to you. The authorization form to mail back the passport must be filled out. IF THE RETURN LABEL IS NOT COMPLETED PROPERLY (FOR EXAMPLE IF THE CONSULATE APPEARS AS THE SENDER) IT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

It is advisable to apply for the visa at least three (3) weeks (and not more then ninety days) prior to the departure date. Rush processing is not possible.

The Consular office will evaluate the documents submitted and may request additional ones at its discretion. Furthermore, you should also be aware that submitting the required documentation does not automatically guarantee the issuance of a visa.

Within 8 days of your arrival in Italy you must register with the Police Department (Questura) and obtain the “Permesso di soggiorno” (Declaration of stay for foreigners). You must present a copy of the documents that were submitted with your visa application bearing the seal of the Consulate General of Italy.