Every applicant, including children and infants, must personally submit their Schengen visa application on their scheduled appointment date. Appointments can be booked online through the “Schedule an Appointment” section on our website.
The Schengen Visa is issued by our Consulate and allows the holder to travel for a maximum of 90 days (about 3 months) within the 26 European countries that have signed the Schengen Agreement. These countries include Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. If you plan to visit multiple Schengen countries during a single trip, you must apply for a visa at the Consulate of the country where you will stay the longest. However, if you spend an equal amount of time in different countries, you must apply at the Consulate of the Schengen country that will be your port of entry.
Please be aware that failure to meet all requirements may result in the border authorities refusing entry to a foreign national.
To determine if you need a visa, please visit our website at https://vistoperitalia.esteri.it/home/en.
Legal status in the UK: Passports, travel documents, and residence cards must be valid for at least three months beyond the last day of your trip in the Schengen Area. To be eligible to apply, you must be a resident in the Consular district, which includes England, Wales, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, Channel Islands, Gibraltar, and South Georgia & Sandwich Islands. Please note that applicants residing outside of this area or holding a UK C-visit visa are not eligible to apply.
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Travel insurance is mandatory for all Schengen countries.
Please note that the list of documents provided below is not exhaustive, and the Mission may request additional information or documents if necessary.
All documents must be printed out and presented in their original form, along with a photocopy where required. Applicants are required to appear in person and must provide the following:
- Duly completed application form [click here]
- Application checklist [click here]
- Valid passport or travel document (original plus one photocopy), which should be valid for at least 3 months beyond the return date of your trip from Italy and have at least two blank pages. The passport will be kept and returned with the visa, if approved.
- Valid UK Residence Permit (original plus one photocopy), which should be valid for at least 3 months beyond the return date of your trip in Italy.
- Passport-style photo, taken within the last 6 months, showing a full front view with a white background.
- Documentation of socio-professional standing:
Students: A recent (not older than one month) original reference letter, duly signed, on official headed paper from either your employer or your University/College, addressed to the Italian Consulate (hard copy).
Employed applicants: A recent letter (no older than one month) of reference from your employer, which must include your employment start date, job title, annual salary, and vacation period. You must also include your last three payslips (original plus photocopies).
Self-employed applicants: Certificates of incorporation, business bank statements for the last three months, and copies of business income taxes. Alternatively, you may provide an accountant letter (no older than one month, in hard copy) as an alternative to the last point.
Retired applicants: A copy of your retirement compensation from social security.
Attention to unemployed applicants:
If you are a dependent spouse or parent, it is necessary to provide employment information for your spouse or child. This includes an employment letter, payslips, and a joint income tax return. In the event that you do not have a joint income tax, please submit the original (plus one copy) of the marriage or birth certificates, along with a sponsorship letter and a photocopy of the spouse or descendant’s passport.
For dependent children, it is required to provide the financial information of the parents. This includes the last three months’ bank statements, the last three payslips, the original (plus one photocopy) of the child’s birth certificate, a sponsorship letter, and a photocopy of the sponsoring parent’s passport.
Please take note of the following:
- Certificates older than 6 months will not be accepted.
- Certificates issued by a foreign authority other than the U.K. must be translated into English or Italian and legalized by the Italian Consular Office of the issuing country or by the Consular Authority in the U.K. of the issuing country.
- Certificates issued by one of the Schengen countries will only be accepted if they are multilingual. Otherwise, please refer to the second note.
Please note the following requirements for fully paid return travel tickets:
- If you are traveling by plane, train, or bus, the ticket must be printed directly from the airline, trainline, or bus operator. The ticket should clearly display the passenger’s name, travel dates, origin and destination, and the amount paid.
- If you are traveling by car, you will need to provide ferry tickets or Euro tunnel tickets, along with the original and photocopy of your car registration, car insurance, and driving license. If you are renting a car, you will need the same documentation, as well as the car rental documents.
- If you are traveling between multiple Schengen countries, it is mandatory to have travel tickets for each border crossing.
- If you are using the services of a third party, such as a travel agency, please note that they will only be accepted if they are based in the U.K. or one of the Schengen countries. Travel tickets must always be issued directly by the airline, trainline, or bus operator. Any other documents will not be considered valid. This requirement applies to all the previous points mentioned.
In addition to the travel tickets, you will also need to provide the following:
- A fully booked hotel reservation or an original invitation letter from your host in Italy. If you need a template for the invitation letter, you can find one by clicking here. The invitation letter must be addressed to the Italian Consulate, dated, and duly signed. It should be accompanied by a photocopy of the host’s ID or passport, with the host’s signature visible. If your host in Italy is a non-EU citizen, you will also need their Residence Permit in Italy, with the holder’s signature visible.
- It is essential to obtain travel insurance from either the United Kingdom or one of the Schengen countries. The insurance must cover the entire intended period of stay and should include a letter from the insurance provider confirming overseas coverage. This letter must explicitly state that you will be covered for medical expenses, hospitalization, and repatriation, with a minimum coverage of 30,000 euros for the duration of your stay in the Schengen area. It is crucial that the insurance covers all Schengen countries. If your current insurance provider does not offer this coverage, you will need to find an international insurance provider.
Additionally, proof of economic means of support is required to cover the cost of your intended stay. This can be demonstrated through the submission of your last three months’ bank statements or a bank guarantee (fidejussione bancaria or polizza assicurativa) from Italy, as per the Ministry of Interior Directive 1.3.2000.
For citizens of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq, it is necessary to provide the full names of both parents. This information must be obtained from a birth certificate or Consular declaration.
Please be aware that during your appointment, your application will not be accepted unless you present all the required documents. Failure to provide all the items listed above will result in the need to reschedule a new appointment.
It is important to note that our consular administration reserves the right to evaluate your application and request additional documentation if deemed necessary, in addition to what has already been submitted. Furthermore, submitting all the required documentation does not guarantee the issuance of any particular visa.
Please submit one current color portrait of yourself that is no older than six months that satisfies the conditions listed below:
- Captured on a light background (white or off-white) to make features stand out and contrast with the background.
- Face-focused and of high clarity
- Full face: no grinning, no sunglasses, no hats or other head coverings, unless the applicant is wearing them due to his or her ethnicity or religion.
- Printed from a camera print on standard photographic paper.
- The photo that is adhered to the visa application form
The visa application will be deemed incomplete if the submitted photos don’t fulfill these specifications (see examples here), and the applicant will be asked to take fresh pictures in the photo booth at the visa application center.
In order to apply for a visa to Italy, every applicant is required to provide a signed printout of the online Schengen visa application form (VAF).
To ensure a successful application, the applicant must diligently complete the visa application form as outlined below:
- Click on the ” Application form“ link provided.
2. Fill out all the mandatory fields on the visa application form, which are marked with a red star (*).
We kindly request all applicants to carefully follow these instructions to avoid any delays or complications in the visa application process.
The minimum processing time for a Schengen visa application is 15 calendar days. It can take up to 45 days (about 1 and a half months) for a Schengen Visa and up to 90 days (about 3 months) for a National Visa.
Applicants are allowed to apply up to 6 months before their travel dates, with the exception of seafarers who can apply no more than 9 months in advance of their intended travel date, while performing their duties.
It is important to note that applicants cannot apply if there are less than 15 days (about 3 weeks) remaining before their travel date. This means that there must be at least 15 calendar days between the application day and the travel date. Please be aware that this rule is completely separate from the processing time, which depends on the applicants’ nationalities and only begins once the Consulate has received all the necessary documents, if they are deemed correct.
It is not possible to expedite the processing time as the system is fully automated.
To avoid any delays in the visa application process, it is crucial that the visa application is complete and that all submitted documents meet the requirements of the Mission (please refer to the “Documents Required” section for the different visa categories).
Applicants should also be aware that during busy seasons such as Easter, summer holidays (July and August), and Christmas, appointment slots are quickly filled as the Mission can only process a limited number of visa applications each day.
Furthermore, applicants should take into consideration that Mission closures and holidays may extend the processing time for visa applications.
Therefore, we strongly recommend that all applicants:
- Book their appointment as soon as they know their travel plans.
- Ensure that their visa application documentation meets the requirements of the Mission.
- Allow sufficient processing time for the Mission to review their application.
Applicants who submit their visa applications at our satellite centers in Manchester and Edinburgh should take into account an additional two working days to the minimum processing time. This is because their visa applications will initially be sent to the London office, and then forwarded to the Mission in London the following day.
During the visa application process, the Mission may request additional information or documents, or even invite applicants for an interview. It is important to note that these requests may cause delays in the visa process, and applicants are expected to take full responsibility for any such delays.
You may access and download all the relevant forms from this location.
Sample Visa Form Word: Sample vis -Schengen-WORD.docx
Sample Visa Form PDF: Sample vis -Schengen-WORD.pdf
Online Application form: Application Form
Invitation letter/Visiting friends & family: Invitation Letter
To proceed with your visa application, please fill out the attached sample form (PDF, Word) completely. If you are unsure about any information, leave it blank. Once you have completed the form, please return it to us along with your passport, BRP card/UK residency, and copies of any previous Schengen visas that you have held.
Please forward the documents through email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A consultation call will be scheduled after we have received this information to further discuss the application.
After sending the documents you can call us at +442035001580.
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